Elaine May

Mikey and Nicky

Mikey and Nicky

Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey Mikey and Nicky, capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by casting them together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong relationship has turned sour. Set over the course of one night, this restless drama finds Nicky (Cassavetes) holed up in a hotel after the boss he stole money from puts a hit out on him. Terrified, he calls on Mikey (Falk), the one person he thinks can save him. Scripted to match the live-wire energy of its stars—alongside supporting players Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, and Carol Grace—and inspired by real-life characters from May’s own childhood, this unbridled portrait of male friendship turned tragic is an unsung masterpiece of American cinema.

Film Info

  • Elaine May
  • United States
  • 1976
  • 106 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #957

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Elaine May, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the making of the film featuring interviews with distributor Julian Schlossberg and actor Joyce Van Patten
  • New interviews with critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey
  • Audio interview from 1976 with actor Peter Falk
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Rabin

New cover by Connor Willumsen

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Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Elaine May, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program on the making of the film featuring interviews with distributor Julian Schlossberg and actor Joyce Van Patten
  • New interviews with critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey
  • Audio interview from 1976 with actor Peter Falk
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Rabin

New cover by Connor Willumsen

Mikey and Nicky
Cast
Peter Falk
Mikey
John Cassavetes
Nicky
Ned Beatty
Kinney
Rose Arrick
Annie
Carol Grace
Nell
William Hickey
Sid Fine
Sanford Meisner
Dave Resnick
Joyce Van Patten
Jan
M. Emmet Walsh
Bus driver
Credits
Director
Elaine May
Writer
Elaine May
Producer
Michael Hausman
Executive producer
Bud Austin
Director of photography
Victor J. Kemper
Editor
John Carter
Sound
Christopher Newman
Sound
Larry Jost
Music by
John Strauss
Visual consultant
Anthea Sylbert
Production designer
Paul Sylbert

From The Current

Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase
Writing with the Body: Mikey and Nicky as an Actors’ Showcase

Elaine May populated her gangster-film masterpiece with acting heavyweights who could bring spontaneity to their roles. Critics Richard Brody and Carrie Rickey talk about her approach to performance in this clip.

Mikey and Nicky: Difficult Men
Mikey and Nicky: Difficult Men

In her long-unsung masterpiece, Elaine May takes an unflinching, darkly comic look at the forces of toxic masculinity that play out in an eroding friendship between two mobsters.

By Nathan Rabin

10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky
10 Things I Learned: Mikey and Nicky

Though it’s taken time for critics and audiences to catch up with it, Elaine May’s gangster film is now widely recognized as one of her most uncompromising explorations of human relationships.

By Kim Hendrickson