Bill Gambini and Stanley Rothenstein are two friends from New York University who just received scholarships to UCLA. They decide to drive through the South. Once they arrive in Alabama, they stop at a local convenience store to pick up a few snacks. But, no sooner than they leave the store, they are arrested. They had thought that they were arrested for shoplifting, but they were arrested for murder and robbery. Worse, they are facing execution for this crime. Bill and Stan do not have enough money for a lawyer, so the good news is that Bill has a lawyer in his family, his cousin, Vincent Laguardia Gambini. The bad news is that Vinny is an inexperienced lawyer who has not been at a trial. So, Vinny has to defend his clients and battle an uncompromising judge, some tough locals, and even his fiancée, Mona Lisa Vito, who just does not know when to shut up, to prove his clients' innocence. But he will soon realize that he is going to need help.
Our Rating: 9/10 - Wish they made more like this! Marisa Tomei is excellent
Contributed By: JT
Tagline: A Comedy Of Trial And Error
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Runtime: 2
- Budget: $11,000,000
- Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $64,088,552
So, how does the movie end??
Vinny is getting a better handle on things, helped by a night in the cells - where he manages to sleep through a prison riot.
The Prosecution call an expert to the stand, who tells the Jury that the defendant's car matches the exact tire marks that were left at the scene of the crime. The Judge calls a recess for lunch, and tells Gambini that he has 90 minutes to win the case, or prove that he is a lawyer with experience from New York called Jerry Callo.
Vinny is sat in a cafe, looking for inspiration. Lisa walks in and wants to help, with photos she has taken during their time in Alabama. Vinny is angry and vents his frustration on her, and she leaves him.
Back in the courthouse, Vinny is looking at the photo of the tire marks, and suddenly has an idea - he asks the Judge for time. He hands a note to the Sheriff to ask him to make a call, and outside he finds Lisa on the phone - and drags her back inside, and to the witness stand.
The Prosecution crosschecks Lisa, and is shocked to silence at her automobile knowledge.
Vinny asks her about the photo - and Lisa confirms that the Defendants car could never have made those tire marks, they were made by a car with a different axle, differential etc etc - a specific car which would look very similar, and would also have come in Metallic green.
Vinny calls the tire expert back to the stand, who confirms that he was wrong, and the defendant's car didn't make those tire marks.
Vinny then calls the Sheriff to the stand, who confirms that he put out a bulletin to look for the other car - which was found in a neighboring county, where the drivers were arrested for another crime - and in their possession was the Magnum with same caliber used to shoot the clerk.
The Defense rests. The Prosecution then drops all charges.
Vinny and Lisa try to make a quick getaway - but the Judge grabs them ... and shakes Vinny's hand, telling him it's an honour to meet Jerry Callo.
Vinny asks Lisa in the car what happened, and she tells him that at the courthouse she made a call to his old mentor to ask for a favor. And as he won his first case, the deal was that they get married. They start to argue about the wedding arrangements as they drive away together.