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Dirty Work (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (USA)
A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bradley Reid ...
Matt Steinberg ...
Mitch (at 16 Years Old) (as Matthew Steinberg)
Joseph Sicilia ...
Sam (at 8 Years Old)
Austin Pool ...
Sam (at 16 Years Old) (as Austin John Pool)
Gerry Mendicino ...
A. Frank Ruffo ...
Hrant Alianak ...
Michael Vollans ...


Mitch and Sam have to come up with $50,000 and fast! The only problem is neither one can hold down a job. Mitch finds a way to money by exploiting the only talents the two have, by opening a "Revenge For Hire" business. Written by Colby Smith <csmith@deltaware.com>

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Revenge is sweet (and surprisingly affordable) See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brudna robota  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,634,236, 14 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,975,684, 2 August 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adam Sandler is uncredited in the role of Satan. Two years later, he would play Satan's youngest son Nicky in Little Nicky (2000). See more »


When Mitch is thrown through the window by one of the college jocks you can clearly see the window has already been broken. See more »


[first lines]
Derek: Hand over the milk money, Weaver.
Mitch: I'm afraid I can't do that, Derek. I'm just not sure you'll spend it on milk.
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Crazy Credits

Funny outtakes from the filming play during the first half of the credits. See more »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.171 (2013) See more »


Written by Nigel Hunter, Bruce Duncan, Alice Nutter, Louise Watts, Paul Greco, Darren Hammer (as Darren Hamer), Allen Whalley & Judith Abbot (as Judith Abbott)
Performed by Chumbawamba
Courtesy of EMI Electrola GmbH and Republic/Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Not for all tastes. But if it is your taste, THIS MOVIE'S HILARIOUS!!!
1 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

Not everybody appreciates the low-brow, sarcastic attempt that Norm McDonald takes towards comedy. I wouldn't call him a genius like Mel Brooks or Woody Allen, but he knows how to do comedy and he knows how to make people laugh--Well, he knows how to make ME laugh. Sometimes you see humor that's so dumb and meaningless that it makes you crack up. That is demonstrated again and again in "Dirty Work." For example, the scene at the movie theater. Norm and Artie took revenge on their evil boss by showing a movie called "Men in Black...Who Like to Have Sex with Each Other." OK, so this is not humor that was thought of with sheer ingenuity. But I was cracking the hell up! There are all sorts of different angles you can take towards humor. You can't always tell which is the best angle. When you watch an action movie, a drama, a thriller, a mystery or almost any other genre, you look for intelligence and wit. But when you watch a comedy there's two factors--at least there should be two factors--and those are: you laugh or you don't laugh. And different things make different people laugh. So I don't appreciate haters of this movie claiming this is no more than an insult to one's intelligence. You don't need intelligence for comedy. As long as a comedy makes me laugh, I'm satisfied, and I laughed A LOT!!!

I'm glad this movie received a cult following. This wasn't a big hit in mainstream cinema, but lots of friends I know love this movie--some thought it was the funniest comedy of all time. So my recommendation is split: You might like it, you might not like it. Just check it out, there's no harm. Unless you're easily offended by jokes about obesity and homosexuality.

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