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Detective School Dropouts (1986)

PG | | Comedy | 8 August 1986 (USA)
Two bumbling private detectives get themselves hired to find a missing person. They find themselves in the middle of a mob war when it turns out that the missing person is somebody the mob wants to stay missing.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Landsberg ...
Donald Wilson
Lorin Dreyfuss ...
Paul Miller
Carlo Lombardi
George Eastman ...
Bruno Falcone
Ennio Antonelli ...
Little Ricky
Don Lombardi
Alberto Farnese ...
Don Falcone
Don Zanetti
Franco Angrisano ...
Uncle Baba
Mario Zanetti
Loris Bazzocchi ...
Lewis E. Ciannelli ...
Embassy Official (as Lewis Ciannelli)
Geoffrey Copleston ...
Mr. Hamelfarm
Andrea Coppola ...
Airport Official


Two bumbling private detectives get themselves hired to find a missing person. They find themselves in the middle of a mob war when it turns out that the missing person is somebody the mob wants to stay missing.

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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Detective Detectives  »

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Obvious stunt doubles for Paul and Catherina when they jump their ski boat over a barge in the river. See more »


Paul Miller: You were born to be a detective!
Donald Wilson: I was?
Paul Miller: You reek of detective!
Donald Wilson: I reek?
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A Genuine Hiccup Initiator!!!!
11 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My brother and I first saw this outrageously-funny comedy back in Summer of 1987 which we rented from a Mom-and-Pop video rental (pre-Blockbuster days). Let me tell you, we continuously rented the video and watched it EVERY SINGLE day with the same hilarious results! Alas, I finally found the movie on E-bay and received it only last week!! David Landsberg and Lorin Dreyfuss really bought down the house with their wacky performances. In my opinion, at least half the so-called "funny films" today can, in no way, shape or form, match this hysterical, hiccup-inducing, over-the-hill comedy! Two bumblers, one an honest simpleton who keeps getting fired from every job in NYC because he' s so caught up in detective novels, and the other, a sleazier and witty but somewhat incompetent con-artist who reels him into his shady, fire-trap, nickel-and-dime 'Detective School', suddenly get caught up in international intrigue involving a beautiful woman, 'Old World' traditions and the Italian Mafia, traveling from New York to beautiful Rome and running into all types of comedic obstacles and situations. They start off by posing as tourists with Japanese names after lifting the boarding passes from two unsuspecting Japanese passengers, to foul play aboard an Italy-bound airliner, to the hi-jinx in a Rome museum, masquerading as monks in the Vatican to the nerve-shaking Ferrari escapade....never a dull moment!! They sure don' t make them like that anymore! If you are down in the dumps, I strongly recommend this dosage of massively hysterical humor.

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