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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 overview, first billed only:
Bobby DiLea
Ray Sharkey ...
Lou Albano ...
Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
Julie Bovasso ...
Antonia Rey ...
Mimi Cecchini ...
Matthew Kaye ...
Tony Munafo ...
Tony Rizzoli ...
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione
Rick Petrucelli ...
Al the Bookie


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?


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cadaveri & compari  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)


$8,475,466 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The "wise guys" of the film's title refer to the small-time mobster characters of Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) and Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito). See more »


When Harry is at the bar and takes the towel to remove the tropical tan lotion, a quick shot before he wipes his face shows the makeup is already gone. Also, there is no makeup on the white towel he used. See more »


Harry Valentini: [in the bathroom at the racetrack] Golden brown Knishes. Mmmmmmm. Can you smell 'em Moe, huh? Can you? Can you smell 'em?
Moe Dickstein: [a toilet flushes] It's the guy in the next stall Harry!
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Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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New Jersey Mob Comedy..You Got A Problem w/That?
27 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is silly but never stupid, so you can just enjoy it for what it is...a Jersey mob comedy. Principals DeVito and Piscopo are life-long friends who live next door to each other in Newark, and their source of income comes from the mob figure (Dan Hedaya) who allows them to pick up his dry cleaning and start his car (this was a funny scene..DeVito starting a car that might explode..the entire neighborhood clears out in 20 seconds! Plus the other mobsters bet on the outcome!) and go to the track for him. They are sometimes joined by Captain Lou Albano, who is out of his mind but at least did not attach those rubber bands to his face like he did when he was WWF-connected, and he has little patience for either of these flunkies.

Don't want to give anything else away, but the friends are put in the position of having to test their friendship and on the whole, this is a very satisfying comedy with a two leads in good form, great character actors like Julie Bovasso, Antonia Rey, Patti Lupone, Ray Sharkey, and an appearance by Harvey Keitel, too! Plus authentic Jersey locations, including a trip to Atlantic City..

Brian DePalma directed, and he is not renowned for his comedies but maybe he should be.

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