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Dirty Laundry (1987)

A young man and his girlfriend unwittingly come into possession of a bag containing one million dollars belonging to a drug-smuggling ring. The mobsters try to catch the couple and retrieve their money.

Director:

William Webb

Writers:

Brad Munson, William Webb (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leigh McCloskey ... Jay
Jeanne O'Brien Jeanne O'Brien ... Trish
Robbie Rist ... Oscar
Frankie Valli ... 'Macho' Marty Benedictine
Sonny Bono ... Maurice
Nicholas Worth ... Vito
Johnny B. Frank Johnny B. Frank ... Ricky Savoy
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Grandmother Verna
Theodocia Goodrich Theodocia Goodrich ... Grandmother Heidi
Eric Fleeks Eric Fleeks ... Black Man at Laundromat
Angela Elayne Gibbs ... Black Woman at Laundromat
Ben Mittleman Ben Mittleman ... Arrogant Cop
David Dunard David Dunard ... Other Cop
Greg Louganis ... Larry
Hope North Hope North ... Bimbo "Corrine"
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A young man and his girlfriend unwittingly come into possession of a bag containing one million dollars belonging to a drug-smuggling ring. The mobsters try to catch the couple and retrieve their money.

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It'll take more than soap and water to clean up this mess!

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Comedy | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1988 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudna bielizna See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Color
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The Drummer in the band featured in the movie is Matt sorum the drummer of The Cult, Guns and Roses and Velvet Revolver. The bass player Terry Nails, was a founding member of the band Tommy Tutone, played bass with Steve Jones and played bass for Ozzy Osbourne on the No More Tears album. The singer and the guitarist, Johnny Frank and Danny Stag are from the band Kingdom Come. See more »

Quotes

Trish: Trouble seems to be following you around. You must have been born under an unlucky star.
Jay: No, but I was conceived in a drive-in during a Bruce Lee film. Does that count?
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No, Don Henley's song is not used in the film.
15 January 2011 | by udar55See all my reviews

That would have at least given it some merit. Concert sound man Jay (Leigh McCloskey, fresh off the classic HAMBURGER: THE MOTION PICTURE) finds himself in a pickle after he accidentally picks up a sack of cash during a coke deal (involving two grandmas) at a laundromat. This puts him in the cross-hairs of mobster "Macho" Marty (Frankie Valli), his goon Vito (Nicholas Worth), and music manager Maurice (Sonny Bono). Teaming with music reporter Trish (Jeanne O'Brien) and neighbor kid inventor Oscar (Robbie Rist), Jay runs all over L.A. trying to escape the villains.

The only thing worse than this flick is knowing that some loser in his thirties - yours truly - was compelled to watch it based off that cover art. Because we all know this POLICE ACADEMY style drawing means hilarity. Director William Webb has no idea what comedy is with the film falling flat at every turn. To give you an example, Webb's idea of humor is to have two male cops with the last names Betty and Veronica. Or Crockett & Tubbs look-a-likes slipping on a wet floor with a cheap-o Miami Vice riff on the soundtrack. Or the top F.B.I. guy being named Zimbalist and everyone making cracks about it. It is so odd a cast of "legit" folks like Valli and Bono got signed onto this. To be fair, Bono's character completely disappears halfway through and never shows up again. Maybe he was embarrassed and didn't show up for work? Even odder are the brief appearances by two Olympians, Carl Lewis and Greg Louganis. Lewis is one of the Miami VICE cops and Louganis is cast as Jay's womanizing surfer roommate (yeah right!).


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