A jewel thief steals a sacred ruby which sets off a chase by the police, the Turkish government, nutty American terrorists, and the CIA.

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Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer
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June Daley
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Bruno Daley
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Francis Mahoney
Gregory Millar ...
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Wendel Meldrum ...
Gatou Vardebedian
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Ralph
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Tiny
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Benjy Klopzik
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Zachary
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Sebastian Massa ...
Tiny's Sidekick
Kate Benton ...
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A jewel thief, his wacky sidekick, and his girlfriend are chased around Los Angeles by cops, the Cia, terrorists and Turkish government agents after they steal a sacred ruby, the Byzantine Fire. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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20 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Warum gerade ich?  »

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The original novel "Why Me", by Donald Westlake is set in New York City, not LA. See more »

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Bob the Turk: Who do you think has it?
Gus Cardinale: Um, Elvis?
Turk #2: We checked, he has an alibi.
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Referenced in Why Him? (2016) See more »

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Why Me?
Words & Music by Steve Wood and Phil Marshall
Performed by Steve Wood
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A little known gem!
27 August 2002 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This film is funny. That's the first thing you need to know. The second thing is why? Take two safe crackers, a ruby, an incompetent Armenian, a hard boiled police chief, a corrupt diplomat and a host of stoopid hoods, give 'em all a sparklingly witty script and a spaghetti plot, and watch them sort it all out. Lambert and Lloyd are a great comic duo and the late J T Walsh is a joy to watch as he gets madder and madder. This is not a film that'll change your life but it will make you laugh for an hour and a half and the way the world is right now, there are few things more valuable than light relief. With memorable one liners and side splitting sequences, this is a gem that too few people know about. It's not even IN Leonard Maltin's 2002 movie guide. Do yourself a favour and rent it if you get the chance. You'll love it.


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