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Wise Guys -- 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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18 April 1986 (USA) See more »
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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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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny DeVito ... Harry Valentini

Joe Piscopo ... Moe Dickstein

Harvey Keitel ... Bobby DiLea
Ray Sharkey ... Marco

Dan Hedaya ... Anthony Castelo
Lou Albano ... Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
Julie Bovasso ... Lil Dickstein

Patti LuPone ... Wanda Valentini
Antonia Rey ... Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini ... Grandma Valentini

Matthew Kaye ... Harry Jr.
Tony Munafo ... Santo Ravallo
Tony Rizzoli ... Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione

Frank Vincent ... Louie Fontucci
Rick Petrucelli ... Al the Bookie
Anthony Holland ... Karl the Desk Clerk
Marcelino Rivera ... Bellhop
Joseph Cipriano ... Parking Valet
Julius Cristinzio ... Roulette Operator
Dan Resin ... Maitre d'
Alessandro Falcini ... Priest (as Father Alessandro Falcini)
Jill Larson ... Mrs. Fixer

Maria Pitillo ... Massuese
Christine Poor ... Massuese
Stephanie Quinn ... Massuese
Cecilia I. Battaglini ... Luggage Salesperson
Frank D. Formica ... Pit Boss
Deborah Groen ... Roulette Dealer
Bradley Neilson ... Clothing Salesman
Maryellen Nugent ... Jewelry Saleswoman

Frank Ferrara ... Thug
Gaetano Lisi ... Hood
Vince Pacimeo ... Hood
Henry Stewart ... Tailor
Carol Cass ... Birthday Guest
Mary Engel ... Birthday Guest

Bruce Katzman ... Birthday Guest
Dayna Lee ... Birthday Guest
Louisiana ... Birthday Guest
Myles O'Connor ... Birthday Guest (as Myles O'Conner)
Don R. Richardson ... Birthday Guest
Johnny George Sarno ... Birthday Guest
Reuben Schafer ... Birthday Guest

Catherine Scorsese ... Birthday Guest

Charles Scorsese ... Birthday Guest
Gary Cookson ... Race Track Bettor
Kiya Ann Joyce ... Race Track Bettor

Willow Hale ... Race Track Bettor (as Debra MacHale)
Bob O'Connell ... Race Track Bettor
Joe Schmieg ... Race Track Bettor
Richardson Taylor ... Race Track Bettor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kim Delgado ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Larry Guardino ... Race Track Bettor (uncredited)
Joseph Marzano ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Gallo 
Norman Steinberg 

Produced by
Patrick McCormick .... associate producer
Aaron Russo .... producer
Irwin Russo .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ira Newborn 
 
Cinematography by
Fred Schuler 
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Edward Pisoni 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Eads  (as Paul Bryan Eads)
 
Set Decoration by
Leslie Bloom 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Kevin Haney .... makeup artist
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Patrick McCormick .... unit production manager
Roger Paradiso .... unit production manager
Lenny Vullo .... assistant unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman .... assistant director: second unit (as Ron Bozman)
Sally Brim .... additional second assistant director
David H Dreyfuss .... second unit director (as David Hans Dreyfuss)
Lewis Gould .... second assistant director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Bird .... property master
Frank Didio .... head carpenter
Arne Olsen .... construction crew
Ron Petagna .... construction crew
James Sorice .... construction crew
Dave Weinman .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Michael Kirchberger .... sound editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Barbara Minor .... assistant sound editor
Dan Sable .... sound editor: Hastings Sound Editorial
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Connie Brink .... special effects
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects
Bill Traynor .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunt coordinator (as Gil Combs)
Steve Dash .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunt coordinator
Anne Senelly Kyle .... stunt player (as Anne Senelly)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Buck .... key grip
Jack Coffen .... electrician
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant camera
Bruce MacCallum .... first assistant camera
Michael Stone .... camera operator
William Ward .... chief lighting technician (as Bill Ward)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William Loger .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Bill Pankow .... associate editor
Tara Timpone .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Alf Clausen .... orchestrator
Gary Ladinsky .... music scoring mixer
David Newman .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Bill Carraro .... assistant: Mr. Russo (as William C. Carraro)
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Tani Cohen .... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Rick Dallago .... first location manager
Karen Day .... location accountant
Eileen Eichenstein .... production office coordinator
Raphaella Giugliano .... post-production accountant
Monica Goldstein .... assistant: Mr. De Palma
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Don Orlando .... location auditor (as Donald Orlando)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main title sequence
Steve Schottenfeld .... location manager (as Steven Schottenfeld)
Richard Spector .... production assistant
Camilla Turnbull .... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Susan Zwerman .... location manager
Joseph Marzano .... stand-in (uncredited)
Paul Rahmes .... personal assistant to director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Anthony M. Alonso .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: paintings and prints courtesy of
 

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100 min | 91 min (DVD)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Crew or equipment visible: 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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Soundtrack:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Forgotten De Palma, 2 December 2013
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) 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.

This film is a bit of an enigma in Brian De Palma's career, not fitting in with the themes or style he is known for. In fact, I would have expected something like this to come from Billy Wilder before De Palma, but yet it exists.

I do have to say I loved the roles filled by Lou Albano and Harvey Keitel. I mean, wow, despite a relatively weak film, Keitel still brings his A game.

Roger Ebert wrote, "Wise Guys is an abundant movie, filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry." Apparently this enthusiasm has "run dry" since its release, as now the film is largely forgotten and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a poor 33%. Personally, I thought it was just average.

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