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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 ... 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 »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie J. T. Walsh's Chief Inspector's name is spelled "Mahoney", but in the original Westlake novel it is spelled "Malogna" but pronounced "Mahoney". See more »

Goofs

No explanation is given as to when or how Gus, Bruno and June were able to set up the between-towers rope-and-pulleys system to exchange the Byzantine Fire for the bag of money; it seems to have already been in place when the trio arrive at the towers. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: [motioning to the mess in his apartment] My maid died.
Bruno: [smelling the air] Must've died in here.
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Connections

Referenced in Why Him? (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Me?
Words & Music by Steve Wood and Phil Marshall
Performed by Steve Wood
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Cheap comedy
16 November 2013 | by MaziunSee all my reviews

There is one good joke with chainsaw here. Every other joke here is completely lame. "Why me" is a cheap comedy full of forced humor and one that pretends to have some charm. The story is something that would fit in one of the "Police academy" sequels.

The good thing about this movie is nice music and the fact it's rather short . "WM" is obviously a farce and not a funny one. The dialogues pretend to be clever and the twists aren't surprising. You can see the punchline of most jokes long before it comes. It's just a cheap manufactured generic comedy from Hollywood for very unambitious audience.

Christopher Lambert ("The Highlander") isn't too good actor , but he's watchable here . Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the future") is always fun, even if the movie stinks like this one. J.T.Walsh is nice as the asshole commissioner.

If you're looking for good action or heist comedy go somewhere else . I give it 1/10.


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