Cinema: Extra! Tracy's Tops

Tracy's Tops Warren Beatty creates the best comic-strip movie yet

On Mandy Patinkin's first day on the Dick Tracy set, a bizarre apparition walked up to the actor -- it looked like Olivier's Richard III in a turquoise pinstripe suit -- and urgently confided, "He has a vision. He has a vision." The hunchbacked creature was Al Pacino, in makeup and costume as the archfiend Big Boy Caprice, and the object of his admiration was Warren Beatty.

In the tabloid headlines of popular perception, Beatty may be typecast as the roguish movie actor, or the legendary roue, or Shirley MacLaine's current brother, or the man who persuaded Gary Hart to make...

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