Dick Tracy

In 1930s Chicago, gangster boss Big Boy Caprice runs the underworld. Valiant police detective Dick Tracy only just manages to arrest an under-age petty thief; the kind-hearted cop then immediately adopts the street urchin. When Big Boy Caprice kills a rival club owner, singer Breathless Mahoney is the only witness. But instead of fingering the crime boss, she tries to seduce Dick Tracy, which inspires the jealousy of Tracy’s girlfriend Tess Trueheart. Just when it looks as if the blameless police detective will succeed in putting a stop to Big Boy, an unknown man appears on the scene and kidnaps Tess ... Dick Tracy set the standard for a successful film version of a comic book. In designing the costumes, Milena Canonero restricted herself to the five colours that Chester Gould used for the original comics, clothing the characters largely in monotones – bright yellow, ruby red or aquamarine. The sharp lines of the men’s suits and the dresses that emphasised Madonna’s curves in the role of the siren Breathless moved style journalist Betty Goodwin to exclaim in 1990, “forget about high fashion – this movie is a fashion high!”
by Warren Beatty
with Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Charlie Korsmo, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman, William Forsythe, Glenne Headly, Paul Sovino
USA 1990 English 105’ Colour Rating R12


  • Warren Beatty
  • Al Pacino
  • Charlie Korsmo
  • Madonna
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • William Forsythe
  • Glenne Headly
  • Paul Sovino


Director Warren Beatty
Screenplay Jim Cash, Jack Epps, Jr. based on characters from “Dick Tracy” (1931) by Chester Gould
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Editing Richard Marks
Music Danny Elfman
Sound Dennis Drummond
Production Design Richard Sylbert
Art Director Harold Michelson
Special Effects Michael Lloyd, Harrison Ellenshaw
Costumes Milena Canonero
Assistant Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky
Make-Up Cheri Minns
Producer Warren Beatty

Produced by

Touchstone Pictures/Silver Screen Partners IV

Additional information

DCP: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany, München