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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 21 December 1984 (USA)
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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Amy Heckerling

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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

Taglines:

Organized crime has never been so disorganized! 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,947,746, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$17,124,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,124,395
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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

One of the first movies with a PG-13 rating. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny is trying to get into the club after being dropped off by Lil, he ducks behind a white car. The poster on the cinema behind him is playing "Jack London's, Call Of The Wild" with Clarke Gable. This movie was released in 1935, where as the scene is set in the very early 30's See more »

Quotes

Danny Vermin: You shouldn't grab me, Johnny. My mother grabbed me once... ONCE!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Around the time of the Columbine shootings, Comedy Central removed Danny Vermin's line (referring to his specially made 88 Magnum) "It shoots through schools.". See more »

Connections

Featured in No Small Parts: Vincent Schiavelli (2014) 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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