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It's funny how it was decades since viewing this movie again but I
always remembered Dom DeLuise experimenting and lighting up a joint,
and then laughing hysterically. That laugh put me in tears laughing so
hard at him laughing and wheezing!
DeLuise, who I was sorry to see abuse the Lord's name in vain so much in this film, at least early on, is still fun to watch as are his partners in crime in this story: Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed and Ossie Davis. Actually, DeLuise, Reed and Pleshette play undercover cops in a sting operation, if you can believe that!
If you enjoy seeing oddball characters, you'll like this movie. It certainly has it's share of wackos.
This film plays as if it was originally written with Burt Reynolds as the
star, but he couldn't/wouldn't do it.
It features pretty much the Usual Reynolds-Film Suspects -- Jerry Reed, Alfie Wise, Pat McCormick and others, and has exactly that air of slightly sardonic, semi-detached humour that Burt's raised eyebrow and patented cackle/chuckle convey so well (to the extent that his laugh was used as part of an animated pre-credits studio logo sequence for "Smokey & the Bandit").
That said, the cast make an excellent ensemble, play well off each other, and deliver the goods quite satisfactorily.
Quite an agreeable way to fill in an otherwise wasted hour and a half or so; if you're not expecting Great Drama, i don't think this film will fail to entertain.
(Watch for the then-Mayors of Miami and Miami Beach in Very Funny cameos. I won't tell you where -- if you don't spot them, check the end credits.)
Directed by and starring Dom Deluise, the story it tells actually was way
ahead of its time and based loosely on fact. A group of cops begin a
goods sting by "purchasing" the items, and using videotape as evidence
against the "sellers". The movie provides a good look at what extremes
police will do to get the bad guy. There are even worse hazards than the
thieves, such as the mafia getting involved and a corrupt cop blackmailing
The rest of the ensemble cast includes Jerry Reed, Luis Avalos, Ossie Davis (watch for his "black Godfather"), and Suzanne Pleshette, and their excellent acting proves that they are as good as the bigger Hollywood folks. However, it is really Deluise who shines through, with charm, wit and very funny lines, including a running joke about his retirement as a police officer. The random folks who walk into the "trade store" are also funny, and good actors. A few standouts: Deluise "samples" some marijuana, a gun sting resulting in a hilarious but exciting shootout, the climactic brawl that is funny, well choreographed and has an incredible payoff.
This particular movie is underrated and especially overlooked. As a little kid I always watched it a lot on HBO, so I was hooked. I like big budget, modern action-comedies, but the creators of "Showtime" (2002) should have taken a lesson from "Hot Stuff". See it!
This was actually a very funny film! The laughs were nonstop, and the acting was great! Even the action scenes had some laughs as well! Dom Deluise, Jerry Reed, and Suzanne Pleshette made a terrific team! don't forget Luis Avalos (Ramon)! He was OK too! If you haven't seen this movie, GET IT! You will not be disappointed! There is nothing really objectionable, Just a few swear words. In a nutshell, Great comedy, well written and directed!
This is a funny movie. It was way too long in coming to DVD. I bought
it for my sons and brother for Christmas. We worn out the VHS copy.
The ensemble cast is excellent. Each character has its unique personality. Very well acted, and it looks like they had a lot of fun making this. Sadly most every one of the main characters are gone now.
It does have the repertoire company of Burt Reynolds, but I think it is a better film with this cast then if Burt had taken the lead.
I wish Dom DeLuise had made more films. He became more interested in cooking later in life. He was a very funny man. I used to love him on Johnny Carson.
Please take the time to seek out this movie. You'll enjoy it!
This was one movie I thought was really goofy. It's about four Miami
police officers who team up together and do a stolen goods sting
operation. It stars Suzanne Pleashette (Newhart, Oh God, Book II),
Jerry Reed (Smokey and the Bandits 1,2,3), Luis Avalos (Stir Crazy, THE
ELECTRIC COMPANY on PBS), and of course directed and written and his
family in it as well Dom DeLuise, along with Ossie Davis. Some of the
scenes in this movie are pointless but the parts where they have the
mafia involved are first rate. But if you like chases, shooting guns
and pitch fork fights this is the one to watch. My favorite part is
where Doug (played by Jerry Reed) finds the stolen goods store and when
a black man comes in with stolen 35mm cameras and (later this black
actor appears in the movie CADDYSHACK as a bystander fisherman) when
Reed says "You're under arrest". The black guys eyes get amazingly BIG
like bug eyes. I thought that was so funny! And he does that in the
movie CADDYSHACK when the boat that the late Rody Dangerfield was
driving right at him. But thats another movie. Anyway, when Doug finds
it, he goes to Capt. Guyburger (Davis) and tells him of it and pulls in
Louis (Pleashette), and the other two, they bust over 100 and the mafia
as well. I hope that Columbia/Tri-Star will put this out on DVD cause I
would definitely like to have it. It almost seems as if this movie was
originally written with Burt Reynold in mind, but for some reason he
couldn't or wouldn't do it.
They certainly rounded up the Usual Reynolds-Film Suspects -- Jerry Reed, Dom deLuise, Alfie Wise, Pat McCormick and others, and the overall humour has exactly that slightly sardonic, semi-detached air that Burt's raised eyebrow and signature cackle/chuckle (so associated with him that it was used as part of an animated studio logo bit on "Smokey & the Bandit") suit so well .
Even without Burt, the cast are an excellent ensemble who play well off each other, delivering the goods quite satisfactorily.
If nothing else, it's definitely N.Korea leader Kim Jong-Il's most watched video, an agreeable-enough way to while away an otherwise unfilled hour and a half or so; i don't think this film will fail to entertain, so long as you're not expecting Great Classic Entertainment.
(Look for the then-Mayors of Miami Beach and Miami in cameos -- for a friend who grew up in Miami, they were almost the funniest part of the film. I won't spoil it for you -- check the end credits, if you don't spot them. Also, take a close look at the police cars you see charging through the night in one shot) Fantastic movie if you want some good, clean comedy. Hilarious plot and excellent mesh of characters.
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Someone plse explain why Dom DeLuise has not directed more comedies!? This is a very enjoyable comedy that is-what-it-is ... a character ensemble w/ no pretensions and A LOT OF LAUGHS! All the actors and their supporting players are just perfect (ie.- the elderly stoner couple, Carmine, the female shopper who just wants "to buy a gift", and the cigar-box bomber) Once the story's set-up is underway the film is basically a series of sketches (Dom's getting stoned ranks up there w/ the parents getting stoned in the funny "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas") and the one love story is presented subtly w/ the conclusion being obvious. This gem is a great way to pass 92 mins. Again, I ask: Someone plse explain why Dom DeLuise has not directed more comedies!?
Pleasing screwball comedy about Miami cops who catch petty thieves through a fencing front. DeLuise excels as star and director, as do Reed and Pleshette.
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