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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.


Brian De Palma


George Gallo





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


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


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


Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


A major casino owner in Atlantic City urged the studio to rewrite the script. To quote the American Film Institute: "In the original story, an old Mafia buddy-turned-casino manager arranged a phony shooting for two bumbling mobsters so they could escape a hired killer. The script was altered so that the character no longer had a criminal past nor was he involved with the fake killing." This was due to the casino's claims that a casino manager would not have ties to the Mafia. See more »


When Harry stands by Costello's car right before it explodes, you can tell that it is a process shot or he is standing in front of a rear projection screen. See more »


Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: You're exactly what I'm looking for, Dickface!
Moe Dickstein: Please Frank, it's Dickstein.
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: I'll pick you up this afternoon, Dickhead!
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Alternate Versions

In some versions of the movie there is a extended shot of Marco, Moe, and Harry walking to the church. It shows them discussing something, but you cannot hear. This scene is present in only selective versions See more »


Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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User Reviews

What a Fun Movie! Two shmoes tick off the Godfather!
28 December 1998 | by boris-26See all my reviews

This has to be Brian dePalma's best film to date. Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo are two losers who get the crummiest jobs and errands from a Newark mob boss (Dan Hedaya). After truly "dissing" the mob boss to the tune of $100,000, our two heroes head to Atlantic City for safety. However, they travel in the prized convertible of the bosses tough, enormous right hand man, Frankie (Captain Lou Albano in a hysterical, priceless performance) They even have Frankie's gold card! Thru elaborate, strange run-ins, DeVito and Piscopo wipe out the entire Newark mob clan, and live happily ever after. The performances are all over the top, and it's great! Hedaya's mob boss who prays when he's at his angriest, DeVito's unbearable older female relatives, Hedaya's mob (Including Frank Vincent in a haircut and sunglasses only mobsters wear), and Harvey Kietel doing a wonderful, soft-spoken turn as the well respected Atlantic City mob boss. The physical comedy is wonderful. We know Frankie is annoyingly careful with his "baby", a classic convertible. When DeVito and Piscopo get revenge by taking it out on the highway and guzzling fast food (and smearing it all over the dashboard!), you'll either howl with laughter or just gape. Sample dialog: Mobster looking at big piece of fabric: "Frankie, Awfully strange looking pillowcase." Frankie (Mad as Hell): "That's not my pillowcase, that's my underwear!"

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English | Italian

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,324,456, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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