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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,475,466 (USA)
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Trivia

The casino in Atlantic City was also used as a location in Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, which was also released the same year as Wise Guys, which was 1986. See more »

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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 »

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Moe Dickstein: Happy birthday, t'me. Happy birthday, t'me. Happy birthday dear Mo-oe. Happy brithday, t'me.
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Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Forgotten De Palma
2 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) 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.

This film is a bit of an enigma in Brian De Palma's career, not fitting in with the themes or style he is known for. In fact, I would have expected something like this to come from Billy Wilder before De Palma, but yet it exists.

I do have to say I loved the roles filled by Lou Albano and Harvey Keitel. I mean, wow, despite a relatively weak film, Keitel still brings his A game.

Roger Ebert wrote, "Wise Guys is an abundant movie, filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry." Apparently this enthusiasm has "run dry" since its release, as now the film is largely forgotten and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a poor 33%. Personally, I thought it was just average.


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