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Wise Guys (1986)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 18 April 1986 (USA)
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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Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
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Lil Dickstein
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Wanda Valentini
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Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini ...
Grandma Valentini
Matthew Kaye ...
Harry Jr.
Tony Munafo ...
Tony Rizzoli ...
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Rick Petrucelli ...
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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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baieti destepti  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,324,456 (USA) (20 April 1986)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Harry and Moe are talking about how lucky they are, the elevator door shows that they're on the 14th floor, which would actually be the 13th floor, since buildings generally label the 13th floor as 14th. See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Moe arrive at Uncle Mike's house it is bright daytime outside. Only minutes pass from the time they enter the house, when Frank goes upstairs to Uncle Mike's room and when Moe goes in the room and screams. The very next scene after Moe screams has everyone outside the house and all the house lights are on as it is nighttime and quite dark outside. Also the winds from the shore are much stronger indicating a major time lapse difference. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Costelo: [after he has shot at Moe, several times] This jacket actually is bullet proof.
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Great fun
26 February 2004 | by (Greenville, NY) – See all my reviews

I don't know why this film was so horribly panned when it was first released, its just a harmless and lightweight gangster comedy. I will admit that director Brian DePalma who has directed such classics as Scarface and The Untouchables was taking a huge risk by agreeing to take on this lightweight comedy, but I think it ended up turning out just fine. DeVito and Piscopo have surprisingly good on-screen chemistry and DePalma's directing style shows through and works well in this film. This was certainly one of Danny DeVito's better comedies in the 1980's. I was also glad to see that Roger Ebert actually gave this fun comedy a good review. ***/****. Great fun.


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