Dick Tracy

Dick Tracy

Selected by the Visual Effects Branch. Special guest: Introduction by visual effects supervisor Harrison Ellenshaw.

Selected by the Visual Effects Branch.

Warren Beatty directed and stars in this comic strip adventure about the straight-arrow policeman and his run-ins with a variety of colorful hoodlums—played by a rogues’ gallery of actors in elaborate Academy Award–winning makeup including Supporting Actor nominee Al Pacino as Big Boy Caprice, plus Madonna as Breathless Mahoney performing Stephen Sondheim’s Academy Award–winning “Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man).” The film’s startling primary color look is courtesy of nominated cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, costume designer Milena Canonero, and Academy Award–winning production designer Richard Sylbert, with veteran matte painter Harrison Ellenshaw contributing to the gorgeously stylized visual effects. 

DIRECTED BY: Warren Beatty. WRITTEN BY: Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr. WITH: Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, William Forsythe. 1990. 110 min. USA. Color. English. Rated PG. DCP.

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