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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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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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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Cadaveri & compari  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,475,466 (USA)
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Trivia

The customized New Jersey Garden State license plate on the pink cadillac car in the film read "FIXER". See more »

Goofs

After Harry is shot, the bloodstain on his shirt gets smaller as the scene progresses. See more »

Quotes

Harry Valentini: [in the bathroom at the racetrack] Golden brown Knishes. Mmmmmmm. Can you smell 'em Moe, huh? Can you? Can you smell 'em?
Moe Dickstein: [a toilet flushes] It's the guy in the next stall Harry!
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Brian De Palma don't do comedies
15 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

After watching this, you'll understand why he doesn't do comedies. Any jokes that come off only do so by the power of Danny DeVito's manic performance. Danny and Joe Piscopo have good chemistry as the lowest and least able wise guys. They're not really wise guys, just a couple of stupid guys.

They lose $250k of gangster money. Each one is offered a way out if they killed the other. Instead both of them high tail it out to Atlantic City.

In another director's hands, this could have some potential. Certainly Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo work well together.


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