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Why Me? (1990)

A jewel thief steals a sacred ruby which sets off a chase by the police, the Turkish government, nutty American terrorists, and the C.I.A.

Director:

Gene Quintano

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (book), Donald E. Westlake (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Gus Cardinale
Kim Greist ... June Daley
Christopher Lloyd ... Bruno Daley
J.T. Walsh ... Francis Mahoney
Gregory Millar Gregory Millar ... Leon
Wendel Meldrum Wendel Meldrum ... Gatou Vardebedian
Michael J. Pollard ... Ralph
John Hancock ... Tiny
Tony Plana ... Benjy Klopzik
Thomas Callaway ... Zachary
Jack Kehler ... Freedly
René Assa René Assa ... Bob the Turk
Sebastian Massa Sebastian Massa ... Tiny's Sidekick
Kate Benton Kate Benton ... Spokeswoman
Jack Heller ... Turk #2
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Storyline

A jewel thief, his wacky sidekick, and his girlfriend are chased around Los Angeles by cops, the Cia, terrorists and Turkish government agents after they steal a sacred ruby, the Byzantine Fire. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warum gerade ich? See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original novel "Why Me", by Donald Westlake is set in New York City, not Los Angeles. See more »

Quotes

[Gus Cardinale is hanging in a wire outside a skyscraper when two CIA agents appear at the roof]
Zachary: Hey, don't try anything stupid down there.
Gus Cardinale: What could be fucking stupider than this?
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Features Halloween (1978) See more »

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Why Me?
Words & Music by Steve Wood and Phil Marshall
Performed by Steve Wood
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Pretty Funny
10 February 2006 | by no-skylineSee all my reviews

Christopher Lambert (Highlander) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) star in this little known comedy as Gus and Bruno two dim witted jewelry thief's who steal the wrong diamond. A comedy of errors and farce ensues as three rival groups battle for the stone.

It's gentle comedy that has the occasional chuckle and is well worth a watch as the leads have a good chemistry and Christopher Lloyd gives a very good performance as the quirky older crook. Christopher Lambert shows there is more to him than Highlander and it's a shame he hasn't done more comedies. I enjoyed the film overall but it never rises above average, some of the jokes just aren't funny. But the end set up and payoff makes it worth a look.

7/10 - Enjoyable but forgettable.


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