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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 ... Self / 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Writing and filming sessions for this movie commenced around 1993, but its release was delayed because the film's original distributor, Buena Vista, did not know what to do with it. Finally, Buena Vista and Touchstone Pictures bought the rights to the film in 1994, and it was officially released in 1995. 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

Band Manager: The fuckin' MONKEYS?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The TV cut that airs on the WB late nights, sometimes, is drastically different from the finished cut of the movie that can be rented on video. The print runs longer and there are a lot more gags (although very low brow). Dialogue is dramatically changed and you can tell these new scenes were filmed a year or so after the movie was made due to the length of the actors' hair, and their skin color, etc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: My Affair Lady (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Hangin' on the Telephone
Performed by L7
Written by Jack Lee
Courtesy of Slash Records
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Not bad, jerky!

Johnny Brennan and Kamal play themselves as a pair of prank callers who find themselves crossing wires with the mob. This is not one of the greatest films of 1995, but not very bad. More than half the pranks are based on their popular albums. If you're a true fan of "The Jerky Boys," you might enjoy this film. Personally, I like the albums better. Later, tough guy! My evaluation: ** out of ****.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jerky Boys: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,392,403, 5 February 1995

Gross USA:

$7,557,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,557,877
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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