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Mikey and Nicky (Blu-ray) Criterion


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.

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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
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: An essay by critic Nathan Rabin