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
Thomas Callaway ...
Zachary
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Bob the Turk
Sebastian Massa ...
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Kate Benton ...
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Jack Heller ...
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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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Leon: [smelling the musty air of Ralph's apartment] Geeze, Ralph, somebody die in here?
Ralph: I don't think that's any of your business.
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Features Halloween (1978) See more »

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Words & Music by Steve Wood and Phil Marshall
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Woody Allen-like comedy that delivers big laughs .........
7 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christopher Lambert just happens to be in the burglary business with his future father-in-law, Christopher Lloyd. When by complete accident they steal a priceless ruby ring, all hell breaks loose, with the Turks, the police, and the local hoods, all after them. "Why Me?' is very much in the same spirit as a Woody Allen film like "Small Time Crooks", only with bigger laughs. J.T. Walsh, plays the Los Angeles Chief of Police, and has many memorable lines of deadpan humor, while Michael J. Pollard makes an appearance as a discriminating fence. One highlight is a "stoolie" who will only enter the witness protection program, if J.T. Walsh provides him with a sex change operation. The movie is so off the wall, that you can't help but like it. Recommended.

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