The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Dick Tracy

August’s Staff pick of the Month comes courtesy of Jad Cooksey, who has chosen to screen Warren Beatty’s nostalgic action comedy Dick Tracy!

Based on the classic comic strip of the same name, the movie stars Beatty as the tough-as-nails, trenchcoat-wearing detective. When gangster Alphonse “Big Boy” Caprice (Al Pacino) unites the city’s criminal underworld under his rule, it falls to Tracy to put a stop to his reign of terror. All the while, he struggles to maintain his relationship with Tess Trueheart (Glenne Headley) against the advances of Breathless Mahoney (Madonna), a nightclub singer who may or may not be able to help him take Caprice down.

A colorful tribute to 1940s crime fiction, Dick Tracy was a box office smash upon release and won Oscars for Best Original Song, Best Makeup, and Best Art Direction at the 1990 Academy Awards.


“Summer hasn’t officially arrived yet, but it’s unlikely to offer a big-budget commercial movie as thoroughly entertaining as this stylish real-life cartoon.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“This is a larger-than-life comic strip come-to-life, and its success comes from Warren Beatty making all the right moves to make the ultimate Dick Tracy movie.” — Aaron Neuwirth, We Live Entertainment

“This is a movie in which every frame contains some kind of artificial effect. An entire world has been built here, away from the daylight and the realism of ordinary city streets.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times