My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny is a 1992 American comedy film directed by Jonathan Lynn, and written by Dale Launer, who also produced with Paul Schiff. The film stars Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei, Mitchell Whitfield, Lane Smith, Bruce McGill, and Fred Gwynne (in his final film appearance). The film was distributed by 20th Century Fox and released on March 13, 1992.

My Cousin Vinny
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJonathan Lynn
Written byDale Launer
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyPeter Deming
Edited byStephen E. Rivkin
Music byRandy Edelman
Production
companies
  • Palo Vista Productions
  • Peter V. Miller Investment Corp.
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • March 13, 1992 (1992-03-13)
Running time
119 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$11 million
Box office$64.1 million[2]

Two young New Yorkers traveling through rural Alabama are arrested and put on trial for a murder they did not commit, and a cousin, Vincent "Vinny" Gambini, a lawyer who had only recently passed the bar exam after five unsuccessful attempts, defends them. Much of the humor comes from the fish-out-of-water interaction between the brash Italian-American New Yorkers (Vinny and his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito) and the more reserved Southern townspeople.[3] The principal location of filming was Monticello, Georgia.[4]

My Cousin Vinny was a critical and financial success, with Pesci, Gwynne, and Tomei praised for their performances. Tomei won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Attorneys have also lauded the film for its accurate depiction of court procedure and trial strategy.


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