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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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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:

Cadaveri & compari  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This mob comedy movie's French title had the unusual English translation of "Mafia Salad". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Santo Ravallo: Hey Harry, what happened to your face?
Harry Valentini: What, this? This happens to be a tropical tan.
Santo Ravallo: Oh really? I thought it was hepatitis.
[laughs from crowd]
Santo Ravallo: So you really went to Puerto Rico, huh?
Harry Valentini: Jamaica! We don't go to Puerto Rico anymore, it's passe.
Santo Ravallo: You went too Moe? You look a little pale.
Moe Dickstein: 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.
Santo Ravallo: Oh yeah? Doin' what? Watchin' TV?
[laughs again from crowd]
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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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