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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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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadaveri & compari  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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Trivia

First gangster comedy from Brian De Palma. See more »

Goofs

When Harry shows Bobby DiLea the box of money, all the cash is rubber banded into neat piles. Later Harry shows Moe the same box and the cash is loose and there doesn't appear to be as much in the box as earlier. Then, when Harry and Moe go down to the casino, the money is in neat piles and the box is filled up again. See more »

Quotes

Harry Valentini: It's all part of the grand design!
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Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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One of the best mob comedies ever
21 July 2005 | by (Lodz, Poland) – See all my reviews

I've just caught it on TCM and can't wait the 5 weeks till it comes out on DVD. This is a gangster spoof at its best, full of lovable characters well played by top actors of the mob genre. Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo make a great loser couple, Dan Hedaya stars as the dreary mob boss, whose henchmen include Frank Vincent and hilarious Lou Albano that steals every scene he's in. We even get to see Harvey Keitel in a classy supporting role! The plot is simple and has been done before and after, but rarely with such charm and lightness. With a current rating of 5.2, it's a severely underrated gangster comedy able to deliver entertaining evening for every fan of the genre.


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