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Wise Guys (1986)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 18 April 1986 (USA)
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Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose two hundred fifty thousand dollars, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City, and comedy follows.

Director:

Brian De Palma
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Harry Valentini
Joe Piscopo ... Moe Dickstein
Harvey Keitel ... Bobby DiLea
Ray Sharkey ... Marco
Dan Hedaya ... Anthony Castelo
Lou Albano ... Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
Julie Bovasso ... Lil Dickstein
Patti LuPone ... Wanda Valentini
Antonia Rey ... Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini Mimi Cecchini ... Grandma Valentini
Matthew Kaye ... Harry Jr.
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Santo Ravallo
Tony Rizzoli Tony Rizzoli ... Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione
Frank Vincent ... Louie Fontucci
Rick Petrucelli Rick Petrucelli ... Al the Bookie
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Storyline

Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are goons for the Newark mob boss Castelo. They are sent to the race track to place a bet on a horse but screw it up by betting on the wrong horse. Now they owe $250,000 but they separately get an offer to work it off; by killing the other one. Together they go off to Atlantic City where Harry's mobster uncle Mike may be able to bail them out. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What kind of guys gamble with the boss's money, swipe a killer's Cadillac, and party on the mob's credit card?

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baieti destepti See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,324,456, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,475,466
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only cinema movie collaboration of Director Brian De Palma and Danny DeVito. See more »

Goofs

The title characters bet on a thoroughbred horse race at The Meadowlands Racetrack but they are reading from a program that is strictly designed for harness racing since The Meadowlands is primarily a harness racing track. See more »

Quotes

Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: Let me waste 'em, Mr. Costelo!
Anthony Costelo: Do we really hurt them by killing them?
Louie Fontucci: It's a good start.
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions, including the one released in the UK, eliminate the Bruce Springsteen song Pink Cadillac from the soundtrack for copyright reasons. In the original, this song can be heard as Danny De Vito and Joe Piscopo drive to Atlantic City, trashing Frankie the Fixer's prized Cadillac en route. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Great fun
26 February 2004 | by IdocamstufSee all my reviews

I don't know why this film was so horribly panned when it was first released, its just a harmless and lightweight gangster comedy. I will admit that director Brian DePalma who has directed such classics as Scarface and The Untouchables was taking a huge risk by agreeing to take on this lightweight comedy, but I think it ended up turning out just fine. DeVito and Piscopo have surprisingly good on-screen chemistry and DePalma's directing style shows through and works well in this film. This was certainly one of Danny DeVito's better comedies in the 1980's. I was also glad to see that Roger Ebert actually gave this fun comedy a good review. ***/****. Great fun.


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