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Big Shots (1987)

Following the death of his father, suburbanite Obie runs away from home and winds up on Chicago's South Side. After being mugged, he befriends con artist Scam. The two then embark on a Down... See full summary »

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Robert Mandel

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Busker Ricky Busker ... Obie
Darius McCrary ... Scam
Robert Joy ... Dickie
Robert Prosky ... Keegan
Jerzy Skolimowski ... Doc
Paul Winfield ... Johnnie Red
Brynn Thayer ... Mom
Bill Hudson ... Dad
Jim Antonio ... Uncle Harry
Andrea Bebel Andrea Bebel ... Alley
Hutton Cobb Hutton Cobb ... Bible Salesman (segment "Kid")
Joe Seneca ... Ferryman
Beah Richards ... Miss Hanks
Olivia Cole ... Mrs. Newton
Mitch Beasley Mitch Beasley ... Duane Henderson
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Storyline

Following the death of his father, suburbanite Obie runs away from home and winds up on Chicago's South Side. After being mugged, he befriends con artist Scam. The two then embark on a Down South adventure involving gangsters, the police, and a search for Scam's father. Written by Anonymous

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They stole a Mercedes with a body in the trunk. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigos para siempre See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,417,738, 4 October 1987

Gross USA:

$3,390,043

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,390,043
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas based the character of Obie on his own son, Steve. See more »

Quotes

Obie: [observing Johnnie Red's ceiling mirror] He must get dressed lying down.
Scam: Man you dumb.
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Connections

Referenced in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Freedom Overspill
Written by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood), George Fleming and James Hooker
Performed by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood)
Courtesy of Island Records
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Great childhood memories of this fun movie
31 January 2000 | by MaxZorinSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was around 10 or 11 years old, and I loved it. I mean, come on, the story revolves around two 11 year olds stealing a Mercedes! I rented it for a flashback thrill in 1999 to refresh my memory of it. It is still a wonderful movie, so I bought it. Its a great movie to show to your little brothers and sisters or, if you have some, your own kids. There is a little violence, some swearing- but this is what kids love to see! I will treasure this movie forever, and never forget villains, the actor who play the German guy "Doc" is great! I always loved the main theme song to it, "Freedom Overspill," however I thought it was done by Peter Gabriel. I was wrong, it's Steve Winwood. But it's an easy mistake; Gabriel, Winwood, and Phil Collins can sound alike. See the movie! The kid in you will love it!


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