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 <>

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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 peligroso  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The newspaper issue when Dundee retires poses the question "Who is Johnny Dangerously?" The associated sketch is of Sylvester Stallone. See more »


Johnny's hair changes length when the Moronie robot arrives. See more »


[Leaving a crime scene with his sidekick, Dutch]
Danny Vermin: Hey, doll, how'd you like to make some money?
Mary-Margaret Catharine Dineen: One at a time, or both of you together?
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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 »

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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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