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(1983)

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During the scene where Rodney Dangerfield is watching television and flipping channels, you can hear "All we need is one pin, Rodney!" which is from a Miller Lite beer commercial starring Dangerfield.
Bill Murray was originally cast in the role of Paddy, but dropped out with the part in the end being cast with Tom Noonan.
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Rodney Dangerfield has stated that the part of Monty Capiletti was the closest to his real-life persona.
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The last names of the "Capuletti" family characters, headed by "Monty Capuletti" a.k.a. "Montgomery Capuletti" (Rodney Dangerfield), and the Monahan family, headed by Mrs. Monahan (Geraldine Fitzgerald), were a spoof and a reference to the names of the two feuding families in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet", the Montagues and the Capulets. Easy Money (1983)'s story-line features familial conflict between Monty and his mother-in-law.
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The wording on the sign in the boardroom was a quote from Voltaire. It read: "Work banishes those three great evils. Boredom, vice, and poverty."
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The scenes inside Monahan's, where Monty and Nicky first walk in, and at the shirt counter, were filmed in the Abraham & Straus department store, on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn, New York.
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The film's "final gag is right out of W.C. Fields", according to film critic Leonard Maltin.
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Debut produced screenplay for a cinema movie for all of the film's writers P.J. O'Rourke, Michael Endler, Dennis Blair, and Rodney Dangerfield.
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The name of the song that Monty Capuletti (Rodney Dangerfield) sang at his daughter's wedding was the traditional Italian tune of "Funiculi, Funicula" by Luigi Denza and Peppino Turco with the latter billed as G. Turco (as with his birth name of Giuseppe Turco).
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The picture was notable for featuring a title song track of the same name sung by Billy Joel. The tune bookends the movie, is heard in the film's trailer, and was included on Joel's 1983 album "An Innocent Man". The "Easy Money" song, according to an interview with Joel, is an homage to James Brown and Wilson Pickett.
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The movie was the "first major starring role of Rodney Dangerfield" according to the Australian DVD sleeve notes, while similarly, film critic Leonard Maltin has commented that the film was "Dangerfield's first starring comedy vehicle."
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Debut cinema movie directed by James Signorelli. The picture is the first of only two theatrical feature films (as of June 2014) directed by Signorelli, the other being Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988). Signorelli's career has predominantly been in video and television.
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A "For Sale" sign can be seen in front of the Capuletti family home in several scenes.
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The original television broadcast version of the movie (not included on any video release) featured a night at the fights for Monty and friends, where Monty's stress immediately after losing his job, causes him to hallucinate and flee the arena (right before he's seen watching television, and informs Rose that he lost his job).
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When Monty and Nicky walk into the board room, Nicky is introduced as Nick Marino. In the credits his name is Nick Cerone.
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The name of the baby photography company was "Gleason's Baby Photos".
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The first movie that actor-comedian Rodney Dangerfield was seen in after his breakthrough movie role in Caddyshack (1980).
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The amount of money that the Capuletti family, headed by Monty (Rodney Dangerfield, stood to inherit from his mother-in-law, was an inheritance worth ten million dollars.
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The conditions of the will, to which Monty Capuletti (Rodney Dangerfield) had to adhere for one year, were No Smoking, No Philandering, No Gambling, No Drugs, No Alcohol, and that he must weigh no more than 175 pounds, which was interpreted as No Overeating. Movie posters for the film stated conditions not actually mentioned in the film. These were No Cheating, No Booze (substituting for No Alcohol), No Nothin', and No Pizza, though the latter did relate to the weight clause. Jokingly, a class action from public paying audiences against the film's marketers for false advertising could have eventuated.
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Promotional title logos for the picture seen on film posters and promo materials formed the letter "S" out of a "$" symbol character in the movie's Easy Money (1983) name.
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Rodney Dangerfield appears in drag in this movie, when he appears dressed-up in his daughter's wedding dress.
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The nickname of Nicholas Cerone (Joe Pesci) was "Nicky", while the nickname of Montgomery Capuletti (Rodney Dangerfield) was "Monty".
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The song Monty sings at the wedding reception is a version of the classic Italian song, "Funiculi, Funicula," titled "A Merry Time." This alternate version was created by Edward Oxenford.
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The scene where Monty (Rodney Dangerfield) sees his female neighbor topless, is different in the picture's trailer, where she is seen wearing a bikini top.
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