History Film / DickTracy

23rd Nov '17 3:52:20 PM DoctorFolly
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For some reason, many people seem to be under the impression that the movie bombed at the box office, when [[http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dicktracy.htm in fact it made double its budget back in America, and triple when you factor in the rest of the world.]] In fact, it was actually the highest grossing film of Warren Beatty's career. However, a combination of performing under Disney's expectations and a decades-long battle over the rights between Beatty and the Tribune Co. [[StillbornFranchise put the kibosh on any immediate follow-ups]].

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For some reason, many people seem to be under the impression that the movie bombed at the box office, when [[http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dicktracy.htm in fact it made double its budget back in America, and triple when you factor in the rest of the world.]] In fact, it was actually the highest grossing film of Warren Beatty's career. However, a combination of performing under Disney's expectations (Disney had hoped that ''Dick Tracy'' would be a hit on the same level as ''Batman'' '89, and initiated an ''immense'' marketing campaign accordingly, which ended up costing more than the movie itself cost to produce and enormously inflated its budget in real terms) and a decades-long battle over the rights between Beatty and the Tribune Co. [[StillbornFranchise put the kibosh on any immediate follow-ups]].
12th Nov '17 11:00:34 AM MarkLungo
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* AdaptationalHeroism: 88 Keys, who was a cold-blooded murderer and thief in the comic strip, is more sympathetic in the film, though he is still rather amoral and slightly mercenary. He is even more sympathetic in the followup to the novelization of the movie, ''Dick Tracy Goes to War''.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: AdaptationalHeroism:
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88 Keys, who was a cold-blooded murderer and thief in the comic strip, is more sympathetic in the film, though he is still rather amoral and slightly mercenary. He is even more sympathetic in the followup to the novelization of the movie, ''Dick Tracy Goes to War''.
12th Nov '17 11:00:11 AM MarkLungo
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->''Everywhere I turn, it's Tracy! Tracy! TRACY!''

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->''Everywhere ->''"Everywhere I turn, it's Tracy! Tracy! TRACY!''TRACY!"''



The setting is a large city (inspired by Chicago) in late 1938. Detective Dick Tracy (Beatty) is the most dogged plainclothes cop on the street, dividing his time between punching out {{mooks}} and trying to keep his long-suffering fiancee happy. A new challenge to his authority soon emerges in the form of up-and-coming gang boss Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), who unites all his former rivals into a citywide gangland coalition. Now Tracy's only hope in foiling Big Boy's schemes lies with nightclub singer Breathless Mahoney (Music/{{Madonna}}), who is prepared to help the detective....as long as he gives her what she wants.

The movie also starred Glenne Headley as Tess Trueheart and Charlie Korsmo as the nameless "Kid." It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Original Song (StephenSondheim's "Sooner or Later"). Pacino was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (in a Playboy interview, he actually listed it among his top 5 performances).

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The setting is a large large, unnamed city (inspired by Chicago) UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}) in late 1938. Detective Dick Tracy (Beatty) is the most dogged plainclothes cop on the street, dividing his time between punching out {{mooks}} and trying to keep his long-suffering fiancee happy. A new challenge to his authority soon emerges in the form of up-and-coming gang boss Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), (Creator/AlPacino), who unites all his former rivals into a citywide gangland coalition. Now Tracy's only hope in foiling Big Boy's schemes lies with nightclub singer Breathless Mahoney (Music/{{Madonna}}), who is prepared to help the detective....as long as he gives her what she wants.

The movie also starred Glenne Headley as Tess Trueheart and Charlie Korsmo as the nameless "Kid." It won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Makeup, and Best Original Song (StephenSondheim's (Music/StephenSondheim's "Sooner or Later"). Pacino was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor (in a Playboy interview, he actually listed it among his top 5 performances).



* AccidentalKidnapping / AssholeVictim: Big Boy fills both tropes when he unknowingly kidnaps [[spoiler: Tess]], thanks to The Blank. Big Boy, thinking Tracy is intentionally framing him, suitably freaks out.

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* AccidentalKidnapping / AssholeVictim: AccidentalKidnapping[=/=]AssholeVictim: Big Boy fills both tropes when he unknowingly kidnaps [[spoiler: Tess]], thanks to The Blank. Big Boy, thinking Tracy is intentionally framing him, suitably freaks out.out.
* ActionFigureFileCard: The toys based on the film have them.



** Technically Breathless Mahoney as well, [[spoiler: disregarding her secret identity as The Blank]]. In the original comic strip, she was a murderer several times over; in the film, she's a Femme Fatale and at worst, a WellIntentionedExtremist but not exactly a bad guy.

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** Technically Breathless Mahoney as well, [[spoiler: disregarding her secret identity as The Blank]]. In the original comic strip, she was a murderer several times over; in the film, she's a Femme Fatale FemmeFatale and at worst, a WellIntentionedExtremist but not exactly a bad guy.
20th Oct '17 11:21:01 AM SymBionicFan
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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Blank]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:Breathless Mahoney]].

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Blank]] Blank is revealed to be [[spoiler:Breathless Mahoney]].Breathless Mahoney.]]
2nd Oct '17 2:43:58 PM Thorion
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Tess is blond in the comic strip in contrast to the redhead she is here.


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* FreezeFrameBonus: Freezing on the deed to the Club Ritz will show that the city is named "Homeville" and that the year is 1938.
30th Sep '17 2:30:11 PM ManEFaces
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: All of the gangsters seen in the film are ugly to the point of deformity, thanks to the production using makeup and facial prostheses. Almost each one of them has a gimmick nickname that's tied to their specific brand of ugliness: there's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/5/54/319588_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140507231720 "Flattop"]] Jones, [[https://cache.moviestillsdb.com/sm/7c99e249e68725346bd0255ce7cf4f27/dick-tracy.jpg "Pruneface"]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/f/f5/Lips_%28Movie%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140416014741 "Lips"]] Manliss, etc. Contrast with the protagonists who all have regular features.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: All of the gangsters seen in the film are ugly to the point of deformity, thanks to the production using makeup and facial prostheses. Almost each one of them has a gimmick nickname that's tied to their specific brand of ugliness: there's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/5/54/319588_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140507231720 "Flattop"]] Jones, [[https://cache.moviestillsdb.com/sm/7c99e249e68725346bd0255ce7cf4f27/dick-tracy.jpg "Pruneface"]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/f/f5/Lips_%28Movie%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140416014741 "Lips"]] Manliss, etc. Contrast with the [[RedRightHand deformed looking]] gangsters, the protagonists who all have regular features.



* RedRightHand: ''Every criminal in the city''

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* RedRightHand: ''Every criminal in the city''city''. All of the gangsters seen in the film are ugly to the point of deformity, and almost each one of them has a gimmick nickname that's tied to their specific brand of ugliness: there's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/5/54/319588_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140507231720 "Flattop"]] Jones, [[https://cache.moviestillsdb.com/sm/7c99e249e68725346bd0255ce7cf4f27/dick-tracy.jpg "Pruneface"]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/f/f5/Lips_%28Movie%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140416014741 "Lips"]] Manliss, etc.
30th Sep '17 1:53:22 PM ManEFaces
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: All of the gangsters seen in the film are ugly to the point of deformity, thanks to the production using makeup and facial prostheses. Almost each one of them has a gimmick nickname that's tied to their specific brand of ugliness: there's [[https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/5/54/319588_1.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140507231720 "Flattop"]] Jones, [[https://cache.moviestillsdb.com/sm/7c99e249e68725346bd0255ce7cf4f27/dick-tracy.jpg "Pruneface"]], [[http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/dicktracy/images/f/f5/Lips_%28Movie%29.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140416014741 "Lips"]] Manliss, etc. Contrast with the protagonists who all have regular features.
25th Sep '17 5:27:02 PM Thorion
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* MythologyGag: After arresting Steve the Tramp, Tracy asks the Kid if Steve is his "old man." Steve was actually the stepfather of Junior in the comic strip prior to being taken in by Tracy.
13th Sep '17 1:48:21 PM Thorion
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* AllThereInTheManual: Virtually every single character featured as a criminal has an extensive backstory, but few of them are given much characterization.

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* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual:
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Virtually every single character featured as a criminal has an extensive backstory, but few of them are given much characterization.characterization.
** The novelization goes into detail about the pasts of many characters, for instance the Kid is the illegitimate child of a chorus girl whom left him in her dressing room.
29th Aug '17 8:34:23 PM ShaiPa
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Kid. Lampshaded but ultimately subverted when he gives himself the name, “Dick Tracy, Jr.”

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Kid. Lampshaded but ultimately subverted defied when he gives himself the name, “Dick Tracy, Jr.”
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