Oscar (1991 film)

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Oscar is a 1991 American comedy film directed by John Landis.[1] Based on the Claude Magnier stage play, it is a remake of the 1967 French film of the same name, but set in Depression-era New York City. Oscar stars Sylvester Stallone, in a rare attempt at a comedic role, as Angelo "Snaps" Provolone, a mob boss who promises his dying father that he will leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Alongside Stallone, the film's cast includes Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry and Chazz Palminteri.[2] Its score was composed by Elmer Bernstein.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Landis
Written by
Based onOscar
by Claude Magnier
Produced byLeslie Belzberg
StarringSylvester Stallone
CinematographyMac Ahlberg
Edited byDale Beldin
Music byElmer Bernstein
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • April 26, 1991 (1991-04-26)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million
Box office$23.5 million

According to Landis, Oscar was stylistically influenced by older Hollywood comedies, particularly those belonging to the "screwball" genre, which were popular during the period in which the film takes place. Oscar was released in the United States on April 26, 1991, and received mixed reviews from critics.[3]