An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro,
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
This mob comedy movie's French title had the unusual English translation of "Mafia Salad". See more »
When Moe and Harry arrive at Resorts International in the damaged Cadillac, the longshot shows them hitting the corner of a parked car and the Resorts doorman running to inspect the damage. In the next shot, he is still at the door. See more »
Hey Harry, what happened to your face?
What, this? This happens to be a tropical tan.
Oh really? I thought it was hepatitis.
[laughs from crowd]
So you really went to Puerto Rico, huh?
Jamaica! We don't go to Puerto Rico anymore, it's passe.
You went too Moe? You look a little pale.
Yeah, well... you know. I'm not the sun worshipper that Harry is. I saw a lot of "indoor" activity, if you know what I mean.
Oh yeah? Doin' what? Watchin' TV?
[laughs again from crowd]
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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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