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Wise Guys (1986)

R | | 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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Cast

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Bobby DiLea
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Lou Albano ...
Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
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Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione
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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

Second of two back-to-back consecutive mob-comedies co-written by Norman Steinberg who had co-written the gangster comedy Johnny Dangerously (1984) released about a couple of years earlier. 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

Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: Let me waste 'em, Mr. Costelo!
Anthony Costelo: Do we really hurt them by killing them?
Louie Fontucci: It's a good start.
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Referenced in Wise Bull (2015) 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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