1 item from 1992
If the project was meant to demonstrate the range of the leads, it succeeds, but financial rewards are likely to be restricted to video.
After borrowing money from a Mafia don for a botched heist, Sal (Dennis Farina) and Charlie (Leo Rossi) hightail it for the San Fernando Valley. After Sal has a stint as a limo driver, the pair finally hook up with Marty the Greek (John Kapelos), a transplant from back East, who puts them onto a simple break-in.
The job, however, leads to murder, crooked politicans, and a million-dollar payoff, a sudden introduction to crime's big leagues for these small fry.
The film gets a surprising amount of mileage out of the contrast between the pair's New York attitudes and the indifferent L.A. environment -- Marty the Greek spouting health food adages, for example -- and provides a consistent source of humor. However, despite some memorably sarcastic deliveries by Fran Drescher, who plays Sal's skeptical girlfriend Valerie, the film doesn't budge much off that line.
The action scenes are OK. In fact, there is a lot of competence on display here; the film just needed to be larger, wilder and more uninhibited.
WE'RE TALKIN' SERIOUS MONEY
Director James Lemmo
Producer Paul Hertzberg
Coproducers Leo Rossi, Lisa M. Hansen
Writers James Lemmo, Leo Rossi
Director of photography Jacques Haitkin
Editor Steve Nevius
Music Scott Grusin
Sal Dennis Farina
Charlie Leo Rossi
Valerie Fran Drescher
Running time -- 95 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
(c) The Hollywood Reporter
1 item from 1992
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