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Weslake
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Garvey
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Dillard
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Turtle
Larry Riley ...
Boardwalk
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Ramon
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Maxine
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Jasmine (as Charlaine Woodard)
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Maria
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Lazzarelli
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Don Fernando
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Slam Dunk
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Artiste
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Mrs. O'Malley
Ed Call ...
Officer Darney (as Edward Call)
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Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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The source Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was set in 1950s Italy whereas this remake's setting was updated to the then present day 1980s San Francisco, California, USA. See more »

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Remake of Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) See more »

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Written by Bill Summers (uncredited) and Scott Roberts (uncredited)
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Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Pretty awful..But...
12 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While most sane adults will find this movie pointless and without any merits,I still would like to point out a great deal of movies released to this day are far more repugnant...This movie features Sean Penn in his pre-Madonna youth,and Sutherland in his prime.OK,I admit that as a 10 year old boy,I fondly recall watching this movie over and over and over again on HBO....I suppose dozens of screenings,along with a nostalgia for one's childhood memories can make even Ishtar great..Nevertheless,the final 30 minutes are quite entertaining,with a pretty good ending.The love stories can drag out in this type of movie,and do.


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