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Wise Guys (1986)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  18 April 1986 (USA)
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Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

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Al the Bookie
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Storyline

Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are goons for the Newark mob boss Castelo. They are sent to the race track to place a bet on a horse but screw it up by betting on the wrong horse. Now they owe $250,000 but they separately get an offer to work it off; by killing the other one. Together they go off to Atlantic City where Harry's mobster uncle Mike may be able to bail them out. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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What kind of guys gamble with the boss's money, swipe a killer's Cadillac, and party on the mob's credit card?

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadaveri e compari  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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Goofs

When Harry stands by Costello's car right before it explodes, you can tell that it is a process shot or he is standing in front of a rear projection screen. See more »

Quotes

Moe Dickstein: Happy birthday, t'me. Happy birthday, t'me. Happy birthday dear Mo-oe. Happy brithday, t'me.
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Great fun
26 February 2004 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this film was so horribly panned when it was first released, its just a harmless and lightweight gangster comedy. I will admit that director Brian DePalma who has directed such classics as Scarface and The Untouchables was taking a huge risk by agreeing to take on this lightweight comedy, but I think it ended up turning out just fine. DeVito and Piscopo have surprisingly good on-screen chemistry and DePalma's directing style shows through and works well in this film. This was certainly one of Danny DeVito's better comedies in the 1980's. I was also glad to see that Roger Ebert actually gave this fun comedy a good review. ***/****. Great fun.


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