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My Cousin Vinny Details


When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth and street-level logician from the wilder reaches of metropolitan New York, complete with a thick accent and the attitude to go with it. Otherwise, he's much less well qualified than your average public defender. When he arrives on the scene with his equally brassy girlfriend Lisa (Marisa Tomei), Bill is fairly sure he's going to be sentenced to death. His buddy Stan is even less confident of his legal representative, if that's possible, and the first thing Vinny has to do is to regain the consent of his clients to represent them. The local judge doesn't seem any too sympathetic to Vinny's verbal shenanigans either, and even the most optimistic supporter of the boys would begin to have doubts at this point -- and Vinny's no exception. With the insistent moral encouragement of his girlfriend, Vinny somehow accomplishes the impossible and wins grudging (if very irritated) respect from all concerned, for once studying as if his life depended on it. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

  • Release date:March 13, 1992


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marisa Tomei Best Supporting Actress 1992 Winner


Joe Pesci
as Vincent La Guardia Gambini
Ralph Macchio
as Bill Gambini
Marisa Tomei
as Mona Lisa Vito
Mitchell Whitfield
as Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne
as Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith
as Jim Trotter III
Austin Pendleton
as John Gibbons
Larry Shuler
as Hotel Clerk
Michael Genevie
as 2nd Guard
Lou Walker
as Grits Cook
Ron Leggett
as 2nd Deputy
Maury Chaykin
as Sam Tipton
Thomas Merdis
as Man in Town Square
Chris Ellis
as J.T.
Suzi Bass
as Woman
Ken Jones
as Jimmy Willis
Jeff Lewis
as 1st Deputy
Michael Simpson
as Neckbrace
J. Don Ferguson
as 1st Guard
Bruce McGill
as Sheriff Farley
James Rebhorn
as George Wilbur
Raynor Scheine
as Ernie Crane
Muriel Moore
as 1st Juror
Jill Jane Clements
as Courtroom Clerk
Pauline Meyers
as Constance Riley
Bob Penny
as 2nd Juror
Michael Burgess
as Prison Van Driver


Jonathan Lynn
Dale Launer
Paul Schiff
Dale Launer
Peter Deming
Randy Edelman
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Lombardo
Victoria Paul
Production Designer
Rando Schmook
Art Director
Michael Rizzo
Art Director
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
James Sarzotti