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Old 03-16-2015, 02:36 AM   #581
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That is my impression of it too. It underperformed so it was kind of forgotten. But they were being unrealistic if they thought it was going to compete with Batman in terms of box office. Who was aware of Dick Tracy under the age of 40 back then? Only the boomers would have known Dick Tracy. Madonna was probably brought in to attract the younger crowd, but the decision to cast her was a big mistake. She looks right for the part but she can't act, and i think that really hurt the film in the long run.

Anyway, I would have loved to have seen more Dick Tracy films and special editions dvd's and blu-rays but unfortunately we have to settle for bare bones for now.




It has a bit of a reputation problem because it wasn't a huge hit and the fact that Madonna is in it doesn't help either. Much of the negativity you hear surrounding the film today is the result of received opinions that haven't been revised over the years. It's now seen as the corny old comic book film, the 'Madonna' film(i.e crap by association), the box office failure. Even most of the blu-ray reviews I saw just regurgitated the same tired old views. There has been very little real effort to reappraise the film, even in the era of home video.

If you take the film for what it is, and don't go expected some Nolan inspired comic book film, it's a damn good example of that kind of film making.

I was hoping that after Sin City there might have been renewed interest in Dick Tracy but it never happened.

The animated series re-runs were in syndication in the late 80s so even children were aware of Dick Tracy in the U.S., at least.
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I still have my Tracy action figures, but I think everything else I had that was related to the film got lost somewhere on the way to adulthood.
That's funny, we ended up on opposite ends, LOL. Though now that I think about it, I may have one of the figures...but I definitely never got to really collect them. They were in so few stores, I don't think I saw them until maybe a year or two after the movie came out in a KB Toys (oh how I miss them).

I think the biggest reason was that I never found The Blank, which was who I really wanted because, well, you know, spoiler. I've seen it on eBay of course since but never picked it up because unfortunately, the mask doesn't come off, LOL.
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The animated series re-runs were in syndication in the late 80s so even children were aware of Dick Tracy in the U.S., at least.
Actually, I think they were pulled from syndication in the early-to-mid-'80s, and didn't start airing again until the movie came about. Around which time they also started showing the old Ralph Byrd/Morgan Conway films on TV.


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That's funny, we ended up on opposite ends, LOL. Though now that I think about it, I may have one of the figures...but I definitely never got to really collect them. They were in so few stores, I don't think I saw them until maybe a year or two after the movie came out in a KB Toys (oh how I miss them).

I think the biggest reason was that I never found The Blank, which was who I really wanted because, well, you know, spoiler. I've seen it on eBay of course since but never picked it up because unfortunately, the mask doesn't come off, LOL.
That Blank figure was ultra-rare. I think they may have only sold it in Disney stores or something. I know I never found one. It was the one I wanted most, and the only one I didn't get. haha
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