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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 21 December 1984 (USA)
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 ...
Byron Thames ...
Desk Sergeant


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 <clarkec@topaz.cqu.edu.au>

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Organized crime has never been this disorganized See more »


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Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny peligroso  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Ray Walston: As a vendor. 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 »


Danny Vermin: [to Mrs. Kelly] You shouldn't kick me in the balls, lady. My sister kicked me in the balls once...
[Stumbles in pain]
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Crazy Credits

Ray Walston's name appears twice in the closing credits. The first is with a picture of his character and later in just typeface (along with Ron Carey) under the title "Special Appearances." See more »


References Silent Movie (1976) See more »

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Some comic gems
3 November 2003 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

One the whole, this movie isn't perfect. It doesn't 'hang well' together as the story line is basically a bunch of hooks to hang jokes.

Some of these jokes are a little 'too 80s' and tend to date the picture.

But some of these jokes are classic.

You know a movie has something special when you and your friends still reference silly quotes from it over 2 decades later.

Plus, there are a bunch of familiar faces; Michael Keaton, Danny Devito, Joe Piscapo, Peter Boyle, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Bob Eubanks, Griffin Dunne, and one of the last roles of Alan Hale Jr., the Skipper from Gilligan's Island.

Also, there are some great absurdist moments, like when Johnny is labelling the puppies with a pricing gun, or the Pope making an appearance in Johnny's neighborhood. Also, the scene where the fake priest makes up a lot of words in Latin is excellent. ("Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, the radio's too louda... Post meridian, ante meridian, uncle meridian").

Other Classic Scenes include Ramone Maroney butchering the English language Danny Devito urging Griffin Dunne to 'Play Ball' Peter Boyle thinking he lost his manhood The fake VD movie

This movie is no home run. But like 'Porky's', it has enough classic comedy bits to make it memorable.

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