Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Oscar (Touchstone Movie)

“Oscar” is a 1991 American comedy film directed by John Landis and based on the 1967 French play “Oscar” by Claude Magnier. The film stars Sylvester Stallone in a departure from his usual action roles, playing the lead character, Angelo “Snaps” Provolone, a gangster who tries to go straight.

Set in the 1930s, the movie follows the story of Snaps Provolone, a mob boss who is determined to turn his life around and become a legitimate businessman. On his deathbed, Snaps’s father reveals that he wants him to leave the criminal world behind and become an honest man. To honor his father’s wish, Snaps promises to give up his criminal activities and go straight.

However, things take a hilarious turn when Snaps’s father dies, and he is faced with the challenge of fulfilling his father’s last wish while dealing with various complications. One of the main complications is the unexpected arrival of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, who happens to be a struggling actor and a former employee of Snaps’s criminal enterprises.

Throughout the film, Snaps tries to navigate the world of legitimate business, but he finds himself continually drawn back into the world of crime and deception. The movie is filled with witty dialogue, comical situations, and mistaken identities, leading to a series of comedic mishaps.

“Oscar” boasts a talented ensemble cast, including actors such as Marisa Tomei, Chazz Palminteri, Tim Curry, and Peter Riegert, who deliver humorous performances that add to the film’s charm. The movie is known for its fast-paced humor, physical comedy, and classic gangster movie references.

While “Oscar” received mixed reviews upon its release, it has since gained a following as a lighthearted and entertaining comedy. Sylvester Stallone’s comedic performance was a highlight, showcasing his versatility as an actor beyond his action-hero roles.

In conclusion, “Oscar” is an enjoyable comedy that offers a fresh and amusing take on the gangster genre. With its witty writing, charming performances, and slapstick humor, the film has become a favorite among fans of classic comedies and remains a fun watch for audiences looking to indulge in a lighthearted mobster comedy.

Additional Details


  • Sylvester Stallone: Angelo “Snaps” Provolone
  • Ornella Muti: Sofia Provolone
  • Don Ameche: Father Clemente
  • Peter Riegert: Aldo
  • Tim Curry: Dr. Thornton Poole
  • Vincent Spano: Anthony Rossano
  • Marisa Tomei: Lisa Provolone
  • Eddie Bracken: Five-Spot Charlie
  • Linda Gray: Roxanne
  • Chazz Palminteri: Connie
  • Kurtwood Smith: Lt. Toomey
  • Art LaFleur: Officer Quinn
  • Robert Lesser: Officer Keough
  • Yvonne De Carlo: Aunt Rosa
  • Martin Ferrero: Luigi Finucci
  • Harry Shearer: Guido Finucci
  • Richard Romanus: Vendetti
  • Arleen Sorkin: Vendetti’s Manicurist
  • Joey Travolta: Ace
  • Jim Mulholland: Oscar
  • Kirk Douglas: Eduardo Provolone
  • Elizabeth Barondes: Theresa
  • Joycelyn O’Brien: Nora


  • Director: John Landis
  • Producer:Leslie Belzberg
  • Writers: Michael Barrie and Jim Mulholland

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