A gangster attempts to keep the promise he made to his dying father: that he would give up his life of crime and "go straight".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Travolta ...
Paul Greco ...
Richard Foronjy ...
Aunt Rosa (as Yvonne DeCarlo)
Five Spot Charlie
Tony Munafo ...
Frankie the Roach
Robert Lesser ...
Officer Keough
Officer Quinn
Lieutenant Toomey


Angelo "Snaps" Provolone made his dying father a promise on his deathbed: he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. Despite having no experience in making money in a legal fashion, Snaps sets about to keep his promise. He is faced with numerous problems: henchmen who know nothing but crime, the police who are convinced he is hatching a master plan, and Oscar, who has just got his daughter pregnant. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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In crime and comedy, timing is everything. See more »


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Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Оскар  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$23,562,716 (USA)

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Final US studio film of Yvonne De Carlo. See more »


Aldo makes reference to Little Anthony and his Imperial. While we take this as an anachronistic reference to the doo-wop group, he could have meant it only as a reference to the car, so it's not wrong for him. See more »


Snaps: [removing Connie's many weapons] It's like disarming Germany.
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Face on the Cutting Room Floor ........ Joe Dante See more »


Version of Oscar (1985) See more »


Sweet Georgia Brown
Written by Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey and Maceo Pinkard
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Who'd have thought Sly could be so hilarious?
27 November 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I am very selective about the movies I buy for my personal library, and this one passed. The whole movie takes place between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and the twists and complications never stop. It's packed with memorable one-liners and hilarious images: former hit-men being butlers and making fruit salad, a linguist (Tim Curry) whose unsolicited grammar corrections keep getting misunderstood, the melodramatic daughter (Marisa Tomei) of a gangster named after a cheese.

Few movies carry this many successive gut laughs. It's quite an ab workout. It's also comparitively clean&mdash;five or six swear words and some allusions to premarital pregnancy and activities. I highly recommend it.

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