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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Johnny Kelly / Johnny Dangerously
Joe Piscopo ... Danny Vermin
Marilu Henner ... Lil
Maureen Stapleton ... Ma Kelly
Peter Boyle ... Jocko Dundee
Griffin Dunne ... Tommy Kelly
Glynnis O'Connor ... Sally
Dom DeLuise ... The Pope
Richard Dimitri Richard Dimitri ... Roman Troy Moronie
Danny DeVito ... Burr
Ron Carey ... Pat
Ray Walston ... Vendor
Dick Butkus ... Arthur
Byron Thames ... Young Johnny
Alan Hale Jr. ... Desk Sergeant
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Storyline

Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills. Written by Craig Clarke <clarkec@topaz.cqu.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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WANTED * MICHAEL KEATON * for being wacky, outrageous & rude in the 'new' hit comedy See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny peligroso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$17,124,395, 31 December 1985
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Two of the movie's four screenwriters, Jeff Harris and Bernie Kukoff previously created Diff'rent Strokes (1978). See more »

Goofs

Johnny's hair changes length when the Moronie robot arrives. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Dangerously: Commissioner, there's all the evidence against me, just like I promised you. Use it. I'm ready to pay my debt.
[No response from Commissioner]
Johnny Dangerously: Hey, how about a thank you?
[Johnny notices that the Commissioner is dead]
Johnny Dangerously: Hey, how about me getting out of here?
[Johnny turns to leave but is hit on the head]
Johnny Dangerously: Hey, how about me getting knocked out?
[He falls]
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Crazy Credits

Ray Walston's name appears twice in the closing credits. The first is with a picture of his character and later in just typeface (along with Ron Carey) under the title "Special Appearances." See more »

Connections

Features The Roaring Twenties (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is The Life (Theme From 'Johnny Dangerously')
Written by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
[title song]
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Hey, How about me getting' knocked out
18 May 2008 | by mattressman_pdlSee all my reviews

As far as parody films go, there are few that are worth time and energy. but with a recent resurgence of horrid parodies such as Date Movie and The Comebacks, it is a breath of fresh air to come back and rediscover a truly funny farce like Johnny Dangerously.

After his mother has no end of medical problems, little Johnny goes to work for the mob. What fallows is a series of gags, most of which work, there are, however, the occasional flops. But a foreign gangster who can't master the American language (profanity wise, at least), a rival gangster with a penchant for shooting his mouth off (...once!), a younger brother with the D.A. who is out to get Johhny Dangerously, and a hot young starlet hot for his affections have Johnny busy.

And the viewer will be busy laughing, for the most part, as every gangster-movie cliché is skewered by a talented cast and decent writing.

Not perfect by a long shot, but definitely good for a smile on a bad day.


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