Miami police fence stolen goods at a storefront-sting operation equipped with a two-way mirror.


Dom DeLuise





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dom DeLuise ... Ernie Fortunato
Suzanne Pleshette ... Louise Webster
Jerry Reed ... Doug von Horne
Ossie Davis ... Captain John Geiberger
Luis Avalos ... Ramon
Marc Lawrence ... Carmine
Richard Davalos ... Charles
Alfie Wise Alfie Wise ... Nick
Bill McCutcheon ... Paully Albadecker
Sydney Lassick ... Hymie
Barney Martin ... Kiley
Pat McCormick ... Man with Cigars
Sid Gould Sid Gould ... Sid
Carol Arthur ... Gloria Fortunato (as Carol DeLuise)
Peter DeLuise ... Peter Fortunato


Three cops try to set up a sting by establishing their own Fencing operation. They have less than complete support from above and as they begin mingling more and more with the underworld elements decide to finance the operation through re-selling some of the proceeds. Written by John Vogel <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can't turn this mob over to the cops. They are the cops.


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Did You Know?


According to the film's production notes, director Dom DeLuise appreciated the contribution made to the film by uncredited consultant editor Margaret Booth, who emphasized to him the important of prioritizing editing of emotional content over action story elements; Booth received a "special thanks" billing in the film's closing credits. See more »


When the '78 or '79 Trans-Am explodes, it is replaced with a early-model Camaro '70 to '73 for the destroyed car. See more »


Man with Cigars: [Puts his arm around the foot-shorter Ramon] Well, I like you. Tomorrow at noon, you may climb me.
Ernie: [laughing] Come on. He ain't that short.
Man with Cigars: Oh yeah? Well, then, how come he spent last month dangling from my car mirror?
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Alternate Versions

On original 1.66:1 film negatives intended for exhibition at movie theaters in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, the "far view" version of the 1976 Columbia Pictures "Sunburst" logo in 1.85:1 (cropped to 1.66:1 to open movies by Columbia in 1.66:1 released during the 1976-1981 era) is used. On home media and TV, the Academy ratio version is used instead. See more »


Referenced in Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989) See more »


Keep It Loose
Music by Patrick Williams
Lyrics by Will Jennings
Performed by Paulette McWilliams
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Wacky Characters Make For Fun Movie
7 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's funny how it was decades since viewing this movie again but I always remembered Dom DeLuise experimenting and lighting up a joint, and then laughing hysterically. That laugh put me in tears laughing so hard at him laughing and wheezing!

DeLuise, who I was sorry to see abuse the Lord's name in vain so much in this film, at least early on, is still fun to watch as are his partners in crime in this story: Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed and Ossie Davis. Actually, DeLuise, Reed and Pleshette play undercover cops in a sting operation, if you can believe that!

If you enjoy seeing oddball characters, you'll like this movie. It certainly has it's share of wackos.

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Release Date:

15 November 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Bust of All See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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1.66 : 1
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