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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Valentini
... Moe Dickstein
... Bobby DiLea
... Marco
... Anthony Castelo
... Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
... Lil Dickstein
... Wanda Valentini
... Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini ... Grandma Valentini
Matthew Kaye ... Harry Jr.
Tony Munafo ... Santo Ravallo
Tony Rizzoli ... Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione
... Louie Fontucci
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

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

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baieti destepti  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In recent years, Brian De Palma has expressed regret in making the film. In a 2013 interview with Fandango, De Palma replied: "It's not one of my favorites because nobody at the studio ever liked it. It was given a go by one administration and they left, and then another administration came in. It was a bastard child that no one wanted anything to do with, so that was not a pleasant experience. But I liked working with Danny DeVito so much, that we managed to soldier through it." In a 2016 interview with Business Insider, he added: "I should have just taken my money and walked, instead of dealing with a studio that didn't want to make the movie." See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Moe arrive at Uncle Mike's house it is bright daytime outside. Only minutes pass from the time they enter the house, when Frank goes upstairs to Uncle Mike's room and when Moe goes in the room and screams. The very next scene after Moe screams has everyone outside the house and all the house lights are on as it is nighttime and quite dark outside. Also the winds from the shore are much stronger indicating a major time lapse difference. See more »

Quotes

Harry Valentini: Hey Frank, I heard you just bought your son a 10 speed bike. What a great father you are, that's really nice.
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: Later Dickead, don't forget!
Moe Dickstein: It's DickSTEIN!
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Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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The ultimate gangster spoof
9 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a great gangster spoof movie. It is probably one of the funniest gangster movies ever. Devito and Piscopo are great together, however, Lou Albino, as Frank the fixer, steals the show. He stole every minute of the film that he was in. It was almost like watching an old marx brothers film, where you only keep your eyes on groucho, in the scenes that he is in. In this one, you keep your eyes on Frank the Fixer. The acting is funny and the script is also very clever. I would put it as one of the funniest movies of the 80's


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