Joe Pesci (Vincent LaGuardia Gambino), Ralph Macchio (Bill
Gambini), Mitchell Whitfield (Stan Rothenstein), Marisa Tomei (Mona Lisa Vito), Fred Gwynne (Judge Chamberlain Haller), Lane Smith (Jim Trotter III), Austin Pendleton
(John Gibbons), Bruce McGill (Sheriff Farley)
My Cousin Vinny gives Joe Pesci one of his best comedy
performances as a hugely inexperienced Italian-American lawyer from Brooklyn, way out of his comfort zone in small town Alabama, where he has to represent his cousin on a false murder
The script is excellently written, giving Pesci more than
a handful of one-liners, whilst the supporting cast is also fantastic. Marisa Tomei's Oscar win for Supporting Actress is oft-maligned, but she does bring much sassiness to a love interest
who, could easily have blended into the background had it been portrayed by anyone else.
It also has to be noted that, despite the film being a
comedy, it nails courtroom procedure more accurately than the vast majority of dramas.