Dick Tracy

  • Directors: Warren Beatty
  • Producers: Warren Beatty, Executive producers, Art Linson, Floyd Mutrux, Barrie M Osborne
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jim Cash, Jack Epps Jr, Uncredited, Warren Beatty, Bo Goldman, Max Allan Collins, Characters, Chester Gould
  • Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Family, Thriller
  • Actors: Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Madonna, Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo

At an illegal card game, a young street urchin witnesses the massacre of a group of mobsters (The Brow, Shoulders, Littleface and the Rodent) by Flattop, one of the hoods on the payroll of “Big Boy” Caprice, whose crime syndicate is aggressively taking over small businesses in the city. Detective Dick Tracy catches the urchin (who calls himself “Kid”) in an act of petty theft. After rescuing him from a ruthless guardian, Tracy temporarily adopts him with the help of his girlfriend, Tess Truehart.

Meanwhile, Big Boy coerces club owner Lips Manlis into signing over the deed to Club Ritz. He kills Lips and steals his girlfriend, the seductive and sultry singer, Breathless Mahoney. After police find the body, Tracy goes to the club to arrest Big Boy for Lips’ murder. Breathless is the only witness. Instead of providing testimony, she unsuccessfully attempts to seduce Tracy. Big Boy cannot be convicted and he is released from jail. Big Boy’s next move is to try to bring other criminals, including Spud Spaldoni, Pruneface, Ribs Mocca, Mumbles, Itchy, and Numbers, together under his leadership. Spaldoni refuses and meets an untimely demise that night. Tracy tries again to get the testimony from Breathless he needs to put Big Boy away.

Big Boy is back in business, but he, too, is framed, in this case for Tess’ kidnapping. Sprung from jail by his colleagues on New Year’s Eve, Tracy sets out to save his true love. He arrives at a shootout outside Big Boy’s club where all of Big Boy’s men are gunned down by the police and Tracy himself. Abandoning his crew, Big Boy ties Tess to the mechanism of a drawbridge, but he is confronted by both the Blank and Tracy. Desperate to escape, he shoots the Blank. Enraged, Tracy punches Caprice and sends him falling to his death in the bridge gears. Beneath the faceless figure’s mask, Tracy is shocked to find Breathless Mahoney, who kisses him and breathes her last breath. He then frees his girlfriend and his name is cleared from the murder of Fletcher. Later, in the middle of a marriage proposal to Tess, Tracy is interrupted by a robbery in progress, and takes off with the Kid, who now calls himself Dick Tracy, Jr.

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