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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
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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 <>

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Organized crime has never been so 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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Stickers seen on the back of mobster cars said "I brake for gangsters" and "I'd rather be stealing". See more »


Danny Vermin has a (fictional) .88 Magnum revolver, which features an unusually long barrel. Caliber refers to a bullet's diameter, so the barrel should also be unusually thick. See more »


Johnny Dangerously: [after bathroom has exploded] Take it easy!
Jocko Dundee: Take it easy? I'm standing here with my dork in my hand!
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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 Daymaker (2007) See more »

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"Hmm... Johnny's getting laid!"
28 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hilarious, under rated gangster spoof about an essentially good hearted boy who grows up to be Johnny Dangerously (Michael Keaton), AKA: John Shannon, who uses his ill gotten gains to support his family - his ailing mom and send his little brother to law school, of all places. Things get sticky though when an old foe (Joe Piscapoe) comes after Johnny and his girlfriend (Marilu Henner) and Johnny's own brother tries to come after him as part of his mission to clean up the city.

Lots of great gags, like Johnny advising kids to chew gum instead of smoking, Johnny's jail house striped suit, the running gag of Joe Piscapoe's character saying that certain members of his family did something to him "once... ONCE.", the running gag of Johnny's brother being unable to resist the temptation of sex, and of course, the fireworks that go off whenever Johnny gets laid.

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