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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June Daley
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Bruno Daley
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Francis Mahoney
Gregory Millar ...
Leon
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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Freedly
René Assa ...
Bob the Turk
Sebastian Massa ...
Tiny's Sidekick
Kate Benton ...
Spokeswoman
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Turk #2
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Quotes

[Gus Cardinale is hanging in a wire outside a skyscraper when two CIA agents appear at the roof]
Zachary: Hey, don't try anything stupid down there.
Gus Cardinale: What could be fucking stupider than this?
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Connections

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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