In a made-to-measure role, Joe Pesci goes flamboyantly to town as the fast-talking man in question.

He’s a hopeless attorney who’s taken six years to pass his law exams and Ralph Macchio is his hapless New Yorker cousin who summons him to be his lawyer after being mistaken for a murderer in small-town Alabama…

Pesci’s loud taste in clothes is often just as much fun as his slippery way with words, though the film’s rambling script and direction do mean that he has to work hard to keep it in shape.

Wining an Oscar for the role, Marisa Tomei steals the film as Pesci’s flashy girlfriend and Fred Gwynne gives a delightfully deadpan turn as the judge.