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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 sites on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than he... See full summary »

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Peter Lilienthal

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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 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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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 sites 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

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

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 August 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

City Dream See more »

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Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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The role of "Ben" was portrayed by actor Ben Dova. "Ben Dova" was the stage name for actor, comedian and acrobat Joseph Spah. Spah was a survivor of the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. He was not only a survivor, but a person of interest. During the flight, he was granted access to the interior of the airship, off-limits to passengers so he could feed and walk his dog who was kept in the cargo area. Because of this, he was heavily investigated after the disaster, but eventually exonerated. In every documentary, movie, and literature about the Hindenburg, Joseph Spah is prominently featured. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Dennis: Anybody will accept what you have to offer if you have the money in your hand.
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Features Men in War (1957) See more »

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Come Fly With Me
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Joe Pesci
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Cheaply filmed but well acted and interesting story...
30 April 2010 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 4/26/2010 -- 6 out of 10(Dir-Peter Lilenthal): Cheaply filmed but well acted and interesting story about a wannabe Las Vegas lounge-type singer played by Joe Pesci as he lives out his New York city existence. He sings at a bowling alley that he owns which has 22 lanes and a bar at the end where he does his nightly act. The story is about his family -- including his sister and her son(whom he occasionally lives with), their Jewish life(including a barmitsfa), mob forces that they deal with on a daily basis and his infatuation with a girl singer in the club. This is kind of a slice of life movie that seems to be filmed with a leading towards improvisation in the performances and has a documentary style look and feel. You find out little bits and pieces about the characters as the story progresses but you have to be patient and pay attention partly because of the bad sound in this low-budget film or you'll miss things. The acting is excellent and the story keeps you interested and there are so many characters in the film that the whole thing could have been made into a TV series or at least a mini-series to cover everything. The ending is kind of abrupt and only hints at what may happen to Ruby(the main character) but I have to recommend this movie because you learn to care about the characters as it progresses. A different character for Pesci, but he plays it very well and it shows his versatility as an actor. Don't miss this one if you'd like to see all his work -- including this nice jump away from the Hollywood mainstream.


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