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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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Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
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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 e compari  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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Goofs

When Moe accidentally hangs himself from the light fitting, the metal loop on the back of his concealed safety harness is clearly visible for a split second when the camera looks down at him from above. See more »

Quotes

Harry Valentini: Hey Frank, I heard you just bought your son a 10 speed bike. What a great father you are, that's really nice.
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: Later Dickead, don't forget!
Moe Dickstein: It's DickSTEIN!
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Connections

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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** 1/2 out of ****
13 December 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mildly enjoyable diversion seems grossly out of place it De Palma's canon. The premise is interesting - two loser hoodlums (Danny DeVito and Joe Piscapo) try to screw over a mob boss and end up getting hunted down. However, it is never particularly funny and the story isn't really that interesting. De Palma's directorial mastery is nowhere to be seen here - the direction is competent but the script never really gives him a chance to demonstrate his skills. Not as bad as some make it out to be, but certainly a failure, especially considering that it came between Body Double and Casualties of War, two of De Palma's best films.


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