A Fine Mess (1986)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Odd Couple Film, Slapstick  |   Release Date - Aug 9, 1986 (USA)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Paul Brenner

Blake Edwards comes a cropper in this lunk-headed slapstick homage to Laurel and Hardy, Mack Sennett, and Jerry Lewis. Ted Danson and Howie Mandell play Spence Holden and Dennis Powell, a couple of idiots who find themselves involved with a pack of gangsters. Spence is a two-bit actor who is at a racetrack location with his pal Dennis, when he overhears two small-time thugs, Wayne "Turnip" Parragella (Richard Mulligan) and Maurice "Binky" Drundza (Stuart Margolin), talk about doping a horse set to run a race. It turns out that Turnip and Binky are under orders to carry out the dastardly scheme by their underworld boss Tony Pazzo (Paul Sorvino). When Spence and Dennis are found out, they find themselves pursued all over the Los Angeles area by an angry Tony Pazzo mob in an ever-escalating series of races and chases, crashes and smashes, and shouting and screaming.




horse, actor, chase, con/scam, drugs, horse-racing, racehorse, racetrack, racing, roller-skating, romance, wager