Things Change (1988)

PG | 100 mins | Comedy, Drama | 21 October 1988

Director:

David Mamet

Producer:

Michael Hausman

Cinematographer:

Juan Ruiz Anchia

Editor:

Trudy Ship

Production Designer:

Michael Merritt

Production Company:

Filmhaus
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HISTORY

Production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began 14 Sep 1987 in Lake Tahoe, situated between Nevada and California. Locations throughout Lake Tahoe included Harrah’s Resort and Casino; Cal-Neva Lodge; and the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. By late Oct 1987, production moved to Chicago, IL, and filming took place along Lake Shore Drive, at the Cass Hotel, and the Wrigley Mansion. As noted in the 16 Oct 1988 NYT article, actor Don Ameche had previously been cast as one of the film’s “Don” characters. However, after Ameche met with director and writer David Mamet and actor Joe Mantegna, Mamet wanted Ameche to play the lead character “Gino.”
       The review in the 2 Sep 1988 DV reported that the picture competed in the Venice Film Festival on 31 Aug 1988. According to the 12 Sep 1988 LAT, actors Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna were both presented the festival’s top acting prize, the Volpi Cup, sharing the award for their performances in the film. The 30 Sep 1988 NYT reported that a screening of the film was scheduled for 7 Oct 1988 at Lincoln Center in New York City for the New York Foundation for the Arts’s Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award, and to benefit Columbia University’s School of Arts, Film Division.
       The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Felicity Huffman. The film also marked the motion picture debut of actor Clark Gregg.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks To: Cal-Neva Lodge, Resort – Hotel – Casino; City of Chicago, Office of Film & Entertainment Industries; Great American Airways; Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Resort ... More Less

Production notes in AMPAS library files state that principal photography began 14 Sep 1987 in Lake Tahoe, situated between Nevada and California. Locations throughout Lake Tahoe included Harrah’s Resort and Casino; Cal-Neva Lodge; and the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. By late Oct 1987, production moved to Chicago, IL, and filming took place along Lake Shore Drive, at the Cass Hotel, and the Wrigley Mansion. As noted in the 16 Oct 1988 NYT article, actor Don Ameche had previously been cast as one of the film’s “Don” characters. However, after Ameche met with director and writer David Mamet and actor Joe Mantegna, Mamet wanted Ameche to play the lead character “Gino.”
       The review in the 2 Sep 1988 DV reported that the picture competed in the Venice Film Festival on 31 Aug 1988. According to the 12 Sep 1988 LAT, actors Don Ameche and Joe Mantegna were both presented the festival’s top acting prize, the Volpi Cup, sharing the award for their performances in the film. The 30 Sep 1988 NYT reported that a screening of the film was scheduled for 7 Oct 1988 at Lincoln Center in New York City for the New York Foundation for the Arts’s Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award, and to benefit Columbia University’s School of Arts, Film Division.
       The film marked the motion picture debut of actress Felicity Huffman. The film also marked the motion picture debut of actor Clark Gregg.
       End credits state: “Special Thanks To: Cal-Neva Lodge, Resort – Hotel – Casino; City of Chicago, Office of Film & Entertainment Industries; Great American Airways; Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino; Omni Ambassador East; State of Nevada Commission on Economic Development, Division of Motion Pictures; The People of Stateline, Nevada, South Lake Tahoe, California, and Chicago, Illinois.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Sep 1988
p. 3, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 1988
p. 2, 39.
Los Angeles Times
12 Sep 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
21 Oct 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times
30 Sep 1988
Section C, p. 8.
New York Times
16 Oct 1988
Section A, p. 25.
New York Times
21 Oct 1988
Section C, p. 10.
Variety
7 Sep 1988
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Columbia Pictures Presents
A Filmhaus Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Chicago still photog
Gaffer
Best boy
Elec
Key dolly grip
Best boy
Grip
Cable
Loc lighting and grip equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst prod des
FILM EDITORS
Post prod supv
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop asst
Const coord
Const foreman
Paint foreman
Nevada foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus scoring mixer
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Cable
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Post prod facilities by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Main and end titles des
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Prod accountant
Asst to Mr. Mamet
Prod office coord
Asst prod office coord
Chicago loc mgr
Asst accountant
Casting
Casting asst
Asst prod des
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation capt
Transportation co-capt
Transportation co-capt
Picture car coord
Prod van driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Insert car driver
Caterer
Craft service
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Dailies courier
Post prod asst
COLOR PERSONNEL
Film processing by
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1988
Premiere Information:
Venice Film Festival screening: 31 Aug 1988; New York City screening: 7 Oct 1988; Los Angeles and New York openings: 21 Oct 1988
Production Date:
began 14 Sep 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 November 1988
Copyright Number:
PA392220
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision®
Prints
Prints by de luxe®
Duration(in mins):
100
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29094
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Chicago, Illinois, elderly Italian shoeshine man, Gino, is invited to the home of organized crime don, “Mr. Green.” While there, Green’s assistant, “Mr. Silver,” informs Gino he looks similar to their associate who has been “mistakenly accused” of murder. Asking Gino to confess that he is the murderer, Mr. Silver promises he will only spend three to five years in prison, and will receive a large sum of money when released. Gino agrees, knowing the money could lead him to his dream: owning a fishing boat in Sicily, Italy. Grateful, Mr. Green hands Gino an old Sicilian coin, declaring it a symbol of his friendship. Jerry, a henchman on probation, is assigned to watch Gino for the weekend by his boss, Frankie. Before he leaves, Frankie assures Jerry that if he does well, his probation will be lifted. At a hotel, Jerry helps Gino study what he will say in court about the murder on Monday morning. Afterward, Jerry believes Gino deserves to have fun before his prison sentence. Looking through a travel magazine, Jerry sees an advertisement for Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and books airplane tickets for the weekend. Arriving in Nevada, Jerry is seen by Billy Drake, a henchman for Don Joseph Vincent. After Drake inquires about Jerry’s probation, Jerry lies that Gino is a very important crime boss going on an incognito vacation. Drake assumes Gino has been invited to attend Vincent’s meeting of mafia dons from across the country, and offers to drive them to the Galaxy Resort. At the front desk, Jerry refers to Gino as “Mr. Johnson” and requests ... +


In Chicago, Illinois, elderly Italian shoeshine man, Gino, is invited to the home of organized crime don, “Mr. Green.” While there, Green’s assistant, “Mr. Silver,” informs Gino he looks similar to their associate who has been “mistakenly accused” of murder. Asking Gino to confess that he is the murderer, Mr. Silver promises he will only spend three to five years in prison, and will receive a large sum of money when released. Gino agrees, knowing the money could lead him to his dream: owning a fishing boat in Sicily, Italy. Grateful, Mr. Green hands Gino an old Sicilian coin, declaring it a symbol of his friendship. Jerry, a henchman on probation, is assigned to watch Gino for the weekend by his boss, Frankie. Before he leaves, Frankie assures Jerry that if he does well, his probation will be lifted. At a hotel, Jerry helps Gino study what he will say in court about the murder on Monday morning. Afterward, Jerry believes Gino deserves to have fun before his prison sentence. Looking through a travel magazine, Jerry sees an advertisement for Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and books airplane tickets for the weekend. Arriving in Nevada, Jerry is seen by Billy Drake, a henchman for Don Joseph Vincent. After Drake inquires about Jerry’s probation, Jerry lies that Gino is a very important crime boss going on an incognito vacation. Drake assumes Gino has been invited to attend Vincent’s meeting of mafia dons from across the country, and offers to drive them to the Galaxy Resort. At the front desk, Jerry refers to Gino as “Mr. Johnson” and requests a room. However, the hotel manager believes Gino is a mafia don and directs Jerry to the hotel’s exclusive Criterion Floor. Although confused by their welcome and accommodations, Gino and Jerry enjoy themselves by getting new clothes and gambling in the casino. Later, they invite two showgirls, Cherry and Grace, to their suite. The women invite them to their cabin in the woods to go fishing. However, Gino declines. In the morning, Jerry awakens and finds Gino missing. Rushing out, Jerry is relieved to find Gino teaching the hotel butler, Randy, how to properly shine shoes. Jerry insists they return to Chicago. Suddenly, Kenny and Harry, two associates of Joseph Vincent, arrive and invite “Mr. Johnson” to lunch with Vincent. At the Vincent’s lakeside estate, Jerry fears for Gino’s life. Meanwhile, Gino sits with Joseph Vincent and nervously plays with his Sicilian coin. Seeing the coin, Vincent is reminded of the old country, and the two become fast friends. Later, Vincent offers to let Gino and Jerry stay the night. To thank him, Gino presents Vincent the coin. Touched by the gesture, Vincent gives Gino a newer coin and a telephone number, instructing him to call him, at anytime, for anything. In the evening, Jerry learns that Mr. Green has flown in from Chicago for the meeting of dons. Sneaking Gino out, Jerry steals a car and they drive away. Along the way, Jerry pulls into a service station for fuel, but has no money. As the gas station owner demands money, Gino sees Cherry, Grace and Randy stopping on their way to the cabin. At Gino’s request, they give him the money Jerry needs. Arriving in Chicago in the morning, Jerry does not want Gino to go to prison, and tries to convince him to flee. However, Gino refuses to go back on his word to Mr. Green. Frankie arrives to escort Gino and Jerry to the courthouse. On the way, Frankie pulls Jerry aside and orders him to kill Gino. Jerry refuses, knowing Gino will not back out of the plan, Frankie informs Jerry that the two days were meant to give the real murderer time to leave the city. Following Gino, Jerry confesses Mr. Green’s betrayal. When Frankie comes up behind them, Jerry accidently knocks him unconscious with his gun. As Jerry tells Gino to run, Gino finds Joseph Vincent’s telephone number and a coin. At a pay telephone, Gino telephones Vincent and asks for help. Later at the courthouse, Jerry and Gino watch as Frankie takes the stand and confesses to the murder. After Frankie is given a sentence of twenty years to life in prison, Gino returns to shining shoes with his new protégé, Jerry. +

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