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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  21 December 1984 (USA)
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Set in the 1930's, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Kelly / Johnny Dangerously
Richard Dimitri ...
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Set in the 1930's, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills. Written by Craig Clarke <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Organized crime has never been this disorganized See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny G. - Gangster wider Willen  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


WWE Manager Paul Heyman used to be called Paul E Dangerously earlier in his career because of his resemblance to Michael Keaton's character in this film. See more »


When Johnny says he joined the Jocko Dundee Gang full time there is a picture of him and the gang with Vermin, but Vermin doesn't join the gang until two scenes later. See more »


Tommy Kelly: Sally's place is in the home, and I intend to support her, and I'll do anything - shine boots, drive a hack, blow glass - anything.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the opening credits, you see "1935" on the screen. A car in the near lane of the street drives behind it. Then, another car (in the far lane) runs into the number sitting on the road, and smashes it to pieces. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Black Scorpion (1990) See more »

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dangerously silly
18 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Johnny Dangerously" is one of those movies that exists for the sole purpose of being silly, much like "Airplane!". Michael Keaton plays Johnny Kelly, who once became a gangster under the name Johnny Dangerously, to pay his mother's (Maureen Stapleton) bills. His nemesis is Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo). After a series of mix-ups, Johnny's brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) becomes a marked man.

That's the plot, but you don't even need to pay attention to the plot. The whole movie is an excuse for a bunch of goofy occurrences, such as when the year is shown in the opening scene, and a car runs over the numbers, or when someone lights a cigarette and Johnny turns to the camera and reminds the children in the audience never to start smoking. My favorite character was Roman Moronie, just because of how he tried to curse and ended up saying things like "fargin' iceholes". Oh, and Alan Hale appears in one of his non-Skipper roles. In my opinion, one of the neatest lines was, after Lil (Marilu Henner) hears Johnny's name, she says: "I've never met a man whose last name was an adverb."

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