Oscar is a American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis. In the prologue, gangster Angelo "Snaps" Provolone Sylvester Stallone promises his dying father Kirk Douglas that he will give up a life of crime, and instead "go straight". A month later, Snaps awakes at his mansion and begins his important morning. Wishing to move out of the house, she lies to her parents at the suggestion of the maid, Nora Joycelyn O'Brien and claims to be pregnant.
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Snaps, believing the father to be Anthony as he wants to marry "Snaps' daughter" , is shocked when Lisa says the father is Oscar Jim Mulholland , the former chauffeur who is now serving overseas in the military. Things get even more complicated when Anthony learns that Theresa Elizabeth Barondes , the woman he fell in love with, is not actually Snaps' daughter as she had claimed to be.
Before Anthony can catch on, Snaps tricks him into agreeing to marry his actual daughter, Lisa, who is supposedly pregnant but without a husband. Both Lisa and Anthony are unhappy at the hasty arrangement, and the pair luck out when Lisa falls in love with someone else: Dr.
Thornton Poole Tim Curry , Snaps' dialectician , whose frequent world travels appeal to her adventurous nature. Meanwhile, local police lieutenant Toomey Kurtwood Smith is keeping an eye on the mansion, believing that Snaps is meeting with Chicago mobsters soon.
Also watching Snaps is mob rival Vendetti Richard Romanus , who, too, believes that Snaps is meeting Chicago mobsters. Vendetti plans a hit on Snaps in the early afternoon while Toomey plans a raid at the same time to catch Snaps red-handed.
While Anthony seeks out Theresa, Snaps meets his mansion's new maid, Roxie. As it turns out, Roxie is an old flame of Snaps, and the pair talk memories and the life that never was. Theresa comes to the mansion and is revealed to be Roxie's daughter—who was actually fathered by Snaps long ago—making Snaps her dad after all. The impromptu celebration of both his daughters' engagements is cut short by the arrival of the bankers.
During the meeting, Snaps senses the bankers are giving him a raw deal—they don't intend to give him any actual influence in the bank's operations, despite the money he's willing to invest. The meeting is interrupted by police officers and Toomey, who is embarrassed to find no money or gangsters present on site.
He leaves the mansion just in time for Vendetti's car full of armed men to crash right outside. Toomey smiles for reporters and arrests the men. With the realization that he'd rather deal with gangsters and gunmen than "respectable" bankers, Snaps decides to abandon his short-lived honest ways and return to a life of crime looking skyward and admitting to his father, "Sorry, pop I did the best I could".
The final scene of the movie shows a double wedding for both his daughters.
Oscar himself finally appears and objects to Lisa's marriage, but he is carried off by Snaps' men and the weddings end happily. The film is directed as if it were a film of that time, with humor and dialogue delivered in a manner reminiscent of old Hollywood comedies, particularly the "screwball" genre.
Director John Landis had said . John Landis' first choice for the lead role was Al Pacino. Stallone later said he should have played "Snaps," his character in the film, "incredibly cynical like in the original French version".
In the Varese Sarabande edition of film soundtrack, there are liner notes from John Landis about the score:. There are currently two versions of the soundtrack.
The first comprises four tracks used in the film in certain scenes. These are:. This is the May version of the soundtrack and does not include the selections by Elmer Bernstein. The second includes all of the selections from the film, including the tracks from the other soundtrack:.
Oscar received mostly negative reviews from critics. Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars of four , describing the film's first reel as "disastrous", but that it included "truly funny work by enormously talented supporting players. Every chuckle feels engineered. The Variety review stated the film was an "intermittently amusing throwback to gangster comedies of the s.
While dominated by star Sylvester Stallone and heavy doses of production and costume design, pic is most distinguished by sterling turns by superb character actors.
She was so extremely great from the first day!
And what had she done before? Practically nothing!
She was so unbelievably good. The Laserdisc version was released November The film was released on Blu-ray by Kino Lorber on September 5, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Buena Vista Pictures. Oscar is a farce set in , sort of Damon Runyon meets Feydeau.
I shot the picture in a deliberately stylized manner, attempting a thirties Hollywood comedy look and feel Peter Riegart, at one point, actually says, Why I oughta As I shot the film I envisioned a particular kind of score and knew that Elmer would be the one to write it.