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Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982)

Joe Pesci is a small man looking for a big break. Owner of a bowling alley and nightclub in Jersey, Ruby Dennis (Pesci) sets his sights on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Lilienthal

Writer:

Sam Koperwas
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joe Pesci ... Ruby Dennis
Karen Ludwig ... Paula
Frank Vincent ... Louie
Ed O'Ross ... Glenn
Richard S. Castellano ... Agent
Ivy Ray Browning Ivy Ray Browning ... Sharon
Larry Rapp ... Arnold
Joseph Rigano Joseph Rigano ... Artie
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Jimmy
Ben Dova Ben Dova ... Ben
Dominick Grieco Dominick Grieco ... Lenny
Paul Herman ... Hesh
Evan Handler ... Ray
Tony Martin ... Cameo
Ronald Maccone Ronald Maccone ... Maurice
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Storyline

Joe Pesci is a small man looking for a big break. Owner of a bowling alley and nightclub in Jersey, Ruby Dennis (Pesci) sets his sights on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than he gambled for and in the end is a much bigger man for it. Written by Justin Keith

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One mans dream... is another mans nightmare!

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Crime | Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 August 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruby's Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Final film for Richard S. Castellano. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Dennis: When I was a little kid and the water was cold, my mother always used to say, "Swim near the fat lady. It's warmer there."
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Alternate Versions

The original German cut ran 116 minutes. The American video versions run approximately 112 minutes (as a result of an anonymous videocassette company heavily abridging and replacing the original German-language opening and closing credits in 1992, as we will observe that cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has no credit in this version). However, when it premiered in New York theaters in the United States in 1983, it premiered at 103 minutes. The various "budget" video releases, however, restore most of the missing material. See more »

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Features Men in War (1957) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Swing and Bowl with Joe
16 February 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

New Jersey lounge singer Joe Pesci (as Ruby Dennis) dreams of making it big in Las Vegas. Arguably acting as a surrogate "man of the house" (or, apartment), Mr. Pesci lives with his sister Karen Ludwig (as Paula) and her son Evan Handler (as Raymond). Pesci owns a business that is both a bowling alley and nightclub showcase for his Vegas-style singing. He wears a toupee and carries a song, a drink and a smoke. However, Pesci is only a shadow of entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Martin (who appears in a cameo). While Pesci struggles to maintain his business, nephew Handler is tempted by underworld activities...

Director Peter Lilienthal had a limited budget to work with, clearly, and it gives this story a gritty look. Unfortunately, the character Pesci plays is not very appealing. It would help if we felt sorry for him and his obviously hopeless dream. The character profile is sympathetic, but this is not the impression he introduces; later, the situation helps make up some of the difference. An unbelievable romance between Pesci and attractive young Ivy Ray Browning (as Sharon) falls short. Pesci is the big star, but Handler and Ms. Ludwig are the more interesting characters. She leaves the set too often, but both Ludwig and Handler help maintain interest.

***** Dear Mr. Wonderful (8/24/82) Peter Lilienthal ~ Joe Pesci, Evan Handler, Karen Ludwig, Ivy Ray Browning


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