Dick Tracy (film) Legendary police detective Dick Tracy is the only man tough enough to take on gangster boss Big Boy Caprice and his band of menacing mobsters. Dedicated to his work but at the same time devoted to his loyal girlfriend, Tess Trueheart, Tracy finds himself torn between love and duty. His relentless crusade against crime becomes even more difficult when he gets saddled with an engaging orphan and meets seductive and sultry Breathless Mahoney, a torch singer determined to get the best of Tracy. A faceless character, the Blank, threatens both Tracy and Big Boy, and it takes all of Tracy’s skills to save the city. Released on June 15, 1990. Directed by Warren Beatty. A Touchstone film. 105 min. Stars Warren Beatty (Dick Tracy), Charlie Korsmo (Kid), Madonna (Breathless Mahoney), Al Pacino (Big Boy Caprice), Glenne Headly (Tess Trueheart), Mandy Patinkin (88 Keys), Paul Sorvino (Lips Manlis), Dustin Hoffman (Mumbles), Dick Van Dyke (D.A. Fletcher), James Caan (Spaldoni). Based on the comic strip by Chester Gould. The unique and unusual faces for the gangster characters was created by makeup and prosthetics wizards John Caglione, Jr., and Doug Drexler. Some actors needed to endure up to four hours in the makeup room getting ready for the camera. Dick Tracy’s fantasy world was created on the backlot at the Warner Bros. Studio. The film won Academy Awards for Best Makeup (John Caglione, Jr., Doug Drexler), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, Rick Simpson), and Best Song (“Sooner or Later [I Always Get My Man]” by Stephen Sondheim). Released on video in 1990. The movie led to a shop, Dick Tracy, at Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World during part of 1990.