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The Jerky Boys (1995)

When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't... See full summary »

Director:

James Melkonian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John G. Brennan ... Himself / Frank 'Rubberneck' Rizzo (as Johnny Brennan)
Kamal Ahmed ... Kamal
Alan Arkin ... Ernie Lazarro
William Hickey ... Don 'Uncle Freddy' Frederico
Alan North ... Micky Crump
Brad Sullivan ... Detective Robert Worzic
James Lorinz ... Brett Weir
Suzanne Shepherd ... Mrs. B
Vincent Pastore ... Tony Scarboni
Brian Tarantina ... Geno
Peter Appel ... Sonny
Darryl Theirse ... Detective Connley
David Pittu ... Doorman
Frank Senger ... Bouncer
Michael Louis Wells ... Roadie
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Storyline

When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. It isn't long before Johnny and Kamal (the "Jerky Boys" of crank call fame) are wanted by the local mafia, the police, and their neighbor. Written by Steve Derby <sderby@sdeco.com>

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Taglines:

They were just a couple of losers from Queens... until they dialed a wrong number and got the mob!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for continuous use of strong language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bromas pesadas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,392,403, 5 February 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,557,877
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title is a reference to Johnny and Kamal's comedy group The Jerky Boys, who are most famous for making prank calls to unsuspecting recipients, or in response to classified advertisements placed in local New York-based newspapers. See more »

Goofs

When the mobster shoots the doorknob towards the end, neither the pulling of the trigger, the gunshot sounds, or the squibs sync with each other. See more »

Quotes

Ernie Lazarro: He insulted me, called me names? Like what?
Tony Scarboni: Fruity ass.
Ernie Lazarro: A what?
Tony Scarboni: A fruity ass.
Ernie Lazarro: What the hell is a fruity ass?
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Crazy Credits

After initial credits a scene is showed where Brett Weir's housed is being destroyed. See more »


Soundtracks

Four Fly Guys
Performed by Hurricane
Written by Hurricane / Mike D (as M. Diamond) / Adam Horovitz (as A. Horovitz) / Adam Yauch (as A. Yauch) / Mario Caldato Jr. (as M. Caldato,
Jr.) / D. Fromback
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records, Inc. / Capitol Records
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14 July 2009 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Jerky Boys" is mostly an excuse to be silly. The plot is that slackers Johnny and Kamal spend their lives making prank phone calls and inadvertently call a mob boss (Alan Arkin), pretending to be another mafioso, thereby starting a wacky chain of events. I actually thought that the best parts were the pranks. Still, the flick's an overall fun romp. Far from the funniest movie ever, but OK for a viewing. As it was, I saw this movie right after I first learned of Alan Arkin by seeing "Catch-22", so this was a real surprise. And now he's won an Oscar!

Anyway, pretty funny. Also starring William Hickey (the mob boss in "Prizzi's Honor" and the patriarch in "Mouse Hunt").


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