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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.

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Gus Cardinale
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June Daley
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Bruno Daley
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Francis Mahoney
Gregory Millar ...
Leon
Wendel Meldrum ...
Gatou Vardebedian
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Ralph
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Tiny
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Benjy Klopzik
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Zachary
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Freedly
René Assa ...
Bob the Turk
Sebastian Massa ...
Tiny's Sidekick
Kate Benton ...
Spokeswoman
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Turk #2
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Mansourian
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Armenian Robber #1
Mickey Yablans ...
Armenian Robber #2
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Armenian Robber #3
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Phone Technician
Pete Chaconas ...
Security Guard #1
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Reporter
Zitto Kazann ...
Turkish Diplomat
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Armenian Diplomat
Jimmy Woodard ...
Cop #1 at Ralph's
Hunter Person ...
Cop #2 at Ralph's
Ralph Bruneau ...
Bank Customer
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Cop #3 at Home (as Tino Insano)
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News Anchorwoman
John LaMotta ...
Bank Manager (as John La Motta)
John Voldstad ...
Crook at Tiny's
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Saleswoman (as Elena Stiteler)
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Hostess
Shinko Isobe ...
Waitress
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Little Girl (as Becky Herbst)
Jacob Kenner ...
Little Boy
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Tall Cop - Bank
Danny Wong ...
Short Cop - Bank
Cynthia Jay ...
Woman In BMW
Bart Lloyd ...
Turk #3 at Arco
Michael LaViolette ...
Cop in Car Chase (as Michael La Violette)
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Woman Cop in Car Chase
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Alexander ...
Security Guard #2 (as Maxwell Alexander)
Fred Moon ...
Banker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gene Quintano

Written by

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Donald E. Westlake ... (book)
 
Donald E. Westlake ... (screenplay) and
David Koepp ... (screenplay) (as Leonard Maas Jr.)

Produced by

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Moshe Diamant ... executive producer
Marjorie Israël ... producer
Eduard Sarlui ... executive producer
Irwin Yablans ... executive producer

Music by

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Phil Marshall

Cinematography by

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Peter Deming

Film Editing by

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Alan Balsam

Editorial Department

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Toni Christiansen ... negative cutter
Susanne Gervay ... negative cutter
Neil Kirk ... assistant film editor
Grazyna Matola ... apprentice film editor (as Grazyna Motala)
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
David Strand ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Sharon Bialy
Ed Mitchell
Richard Pagano

Production Design by

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Woody Crocker

Set Decoration by

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Don Diers
Cecilia Rodarte ... (as Cecelia Rodarte)

Costume Design by

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Hilary Wright

Makeup Department

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Marietta Carter-Narcisse ... key makeup artist (as Marietta A. Carter)
Gwyne Redner ... key makeup artist
Robin Siegel ... head makeup artist

Production Management

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Brad Arensman ... executive in charge of post-production
Steven I. Celniker ... post-production supervisor
Frank Hildebrand ... production executive
Robert Schneider ... unit production manager (as Robert P. Schneider)
Helen Szabo ... executive in charge of production (as Helen Sarlui-Tucker)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... first assistant director
Carol D. Bonnefil ... first assistant director: second unit
Paul Fonteyn ... second second assistant director
David Lipman ... second unit director
Tena Psyche Yatroussis ... key second assistant director (as Tena Yatroussis)

Art Department

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Regina Argentine ... head painter (as Regina Argentin)
Bernard Griesz ... carpenter (as Bernard Grisez)
Ron Harris ... storyboard artist
Mark C. Haskins ... on-set decorator (as Mark Haskins)
Kristin Frances Jones ... swing gang (as Kristin Jones)
Dick Kyker ... property master
Robert Scott Kyker ... assistant property master (as Robert Kyker)
Marco López ... swing gang (as Marco Lopez)
Donni O'Conner ... art department coordinator
John Philpotts ... property lead person
Ivan A. Primorac ... production painter (as Ivan Primorac)
Phil Rabe ... carpenter
Joseph Ressa ... construction coordinator (as Joey Ressa)
Katherine Saari ... production painter
Quentin Schierenberg ... swing gang
Jennifer Schneider ... production painter
James R. Shumaker ... carpenter (as James Shumaker)

Sound Department

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Wayne Artman ... re-recording mixer
Dwayne Avery ... sound editor
Tom Beckert ... re-recording mixer
Duke Brown ... sound editor
Duncan Burns ... sound editor (as Duncan J. Burns)
David D. Caldwell ... sound editor
Gonzo Cervantes ... sound editor (as Gonzo)
Gail Clark Burch ... adr editor (as Gail Clark)
Michael P. Cook ... sound editor
Tom E. Dahl ... re-recording mixer
William R. Easystone ... sound re-recordist (as Bill Easystone)
Ed Fassl ... sound editor (as Ed Fassel)
Robert Janiger ... production sound mixer (as Rob Janiger)
Adam Johnston ... sound editor
James Koford ... sound editor
David Pettijohn ... sound editor
Carin Rogers ... sound editor
Tom Ruff ... a.d.r. mixer / post synchronization
George W. Scott ... boom operator (as George Scott)
Charles C. Simmons ... foley editor (as Chuck Simmons)
Tony Smyles ... production sound mixer: second unit
Dan Thomas ... sound editor
Clancy T. Troutman ... sound designer (as Clancy Troutman)
James Troutman ... supervising sound editor

Special Effects by

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Joe Quinlivan ... special effects foreman
Guy Worthington ... special effects operator

Stunts

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Billy Burton ... stunts (as William H. Burton)
Everett Creach ... stunts
Steve Cremin ... stunts
Tom Elliott ... stunts
Andy Epper ... stunts
Richard Epper ... stunts
Debbie Evans ... stunts
Jeff Imada ... stunts
Shinko Isobe ... stunts
Kathryn Kimler ... stunt double: June
Henry Kingi ... stunts
Terry Leonard ... stunt double: Bruno
Al Leong ... stunts
James Lew ... stunts
Ben Loggins ... stunt coordinator
Cliff McLaughlin ... stunt double: Gus
Gene McLaughlin ... stunts
Doug Metzger ... stunts
Donna L. Noguchi ... stunts (as Donna Noguchi)
Bob Terhune ... stunts
R.L. Tolbert ... stunts
Jim Wilkey ... stunts
Danny Wong ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Nick Cline ... best boy (as Nicholas Cline)
Mark Combs ... company grip / key grip: second unit
Michael Delahoussaye ... camera operator: second unit
Don Devine ... second camera operator
Robert Duffin ... gaffer: second unit
Samuel Buddy Fries ... first assistant second camera: second unit (as Buddy Fries)
Anthony Gaudioz ... second camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Christopher Dunn George ... first assistant camera: second unit (as Chris George)
Melinda Sue Gordon ... still photographer (as Melinda Sue Gorden)
Martin Grobisen ... company grip (as Zippy Grobisen)
Gene Hara ... lamp operator
Chris Kennard ... best boy grip
Michael LaViolette ... chief lighting technician (as Michael La Violette)
Martin Lewis ... lamp operator
Walt Lloyd ... director of photography: second unit
Jesse Mather ... best boy electric: second unit
Marco Mazzei ... first assistant camera
Reginald Morris ... lamp operator
Terry O'Brien ... dolly grip
Tom Ryan ... second assistant camera
Bradford Scott ... company grip
Dylan Shephard ... key grip
Mark Skupen ... company grip
Amanda Thompson ... first assistant second camera
Phillip Tuck ... best boy grip: second unit
Amy Vincent ... second assistant camera
Jolanda R. Wipfli ... second assistant camera: second unit (as Yolanda Wipfli)
Luke Wynne ... still photographer
Mike Zingale ... aerial camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Shawn Barry ... costumer
Lynda Foote ... costumer
Kathryn Harris ... seamstress
Prudence Moriarty ... costumer

Location Management

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Tim Bowen ... assistant location manager
Kevin Halloran ... location manager

Music Department

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Joanie Diener ... music editor (as Joanie Diener Roland)
Tim Jaquette ... score mixer

Transportation Department

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Robert Arterburn ... transportation captain
Thomas G. Barlow ... driver (as Thomas Barlow)
John Buras ... driver
George Clayton Jr. ... driver: production van
Sharon Hollis ... driver
Annie Konz ... transportation co-captain (as Ann Konz)
Fal Loa ... driver (as Fai Loa)
John Moore ... driver
James 'Obee' Oberman ... transportation coordinator (as Obee Oberman)
John 'J.P.' Pratt ... driver: honeywagon (as John Pratt)
Jeff F. Renfro ... driver (as Jeff Renfro)

Other crew

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Larry Artis ... security
Mark Brown ... craft service
Peggy Budd-Loa ... nurse
Cathy Chazan ... assistant to executive producer
Mary Lou Devlin ... production coordinator
Moshe Diamant ... presenter
Erin Engman ... office production assistant
Carin I. Gronhagen ... production accountant
Judy Hannay ... office production assistant
Mischa Hausserman ... aerial coordinator / helicopter pilot
Annette Haywood-Carter ... script supervisor
Elizabeth Houck ... production secretary
Peter Jackson ... production assistant
Peter E. Jackson ... production assistant
Cynthia Jay ... stand-in
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan ... production controller
Pamela Kuri ... production assistant (as Pam Kuri)
Luis Lara ... caterer
Kevin LaRosa ... helicopter pilot (as Kevin La Rossa)
Roberto Lozano Bruna ... assistant caterer (as Roberto Lozano)
Steve Newman ... unit publicist
Robert L. Palmer ... film traffic coordinator
Andre Pete ... security
Linda Powell ... script supervisor: second unit
Andrew Reilly ... stand-in
Eduard Sarlui ... presenter
Tony Schwartz ... production assistant: second unit
Liza Sullivan ... assistant to producer
Josh Thompson ... craft service
Joanne Toll ... production assistant: second unit
Cindy White ... assistant production accountant
Debbie Clemmer ... utility stand-in (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Why me? Un plan d'enfer (France)
  • Warum gerade ich? (Germany)
  • A mí que me registren (Spain)
  • De ce eu? (Romania)
  • Por qué yo? (Argentina)
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  • 87 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia David Jackson was originally set to direct, before Gene Quintano stepped in. See more »
Movie Connections Features Halloween (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Why Me? See more »
Quotes Bob the Turk: I warn you, do not make me do something that I would not do, unless someone made me do it because they didn't do something someone told them to do.
Gus Cardinale: Don't worry Bob, I would never do something to make someone do something to someone, because that someone didn't do something that someone wanted them to do.
Bob the Turk: I'm glad we understand each other.
Gus Cardinale: ...Me too.
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