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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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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 Bobby DiLea shows up at the hotel room, Moe is in the hot tub getting his hair washed, but in the next shot he is at the door completely dried off and wearing a red robe. See more »

Quotes

Santo Ravallo: [New Shoes is clipping the Fixer's toenails. It hits Santo in the eyebrow] Hey, watch out, willya?
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: Why the hell do I always have to do this?
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: You know damn well I can't do it myself!
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: Does Mrs. Fixer do it for you at home, Frankie?
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: None of your business! Why don't we just go over there and waste 'em?
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: We're not supposed to do nothin' until Mr. Costelo says so!
Santo Ravallo: [Picks up a large white item] This is the strangest pillow case I've ever seen.
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: IT'S MY UNDERWEAR, ASSHOLE!
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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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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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