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The Deli (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1997 (USA)
"If you like THE SOPRANOS, you'll love THE DELI" - The Phantom of the Movies From director John Gallagher, THE DELI is an enchanting slice-of-life comedy about a hard luck gambler who gets ... See full summary »


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John Dorrian, John A. Gallagher (as John Andrew Gallagher)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Keeslar ... Andy
Brian Vincent ... Pinky
Jack O'Connell ... Jimmy - The Newsman
Mario D'Elia ... Joe - The Milkman
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Micky
Michael Imperioli ... Matty
Mary Diveny Mary Diveny ... Mrs. Merry
Malachy Cleary ... Mr. Stein
Ali Marsh ... Donna
Mike Starr ... Johnny
Frances Anderson Frances Anderson ... Shampoo Girl
Judith Malina ... Vincenza Amico
Tony Rigo Tony Rigo ... Asparagus Man
Joseph D'Onofrio ... Lawrence (as Joe D'Onofrio)
Tania Grier ... Tammy


"If you like THE SOPRANOS, you'll love THE DELI" - The Phantom of the Movies From director John Gallagher, THE DELI is an enchanting slice-of-life comedy about a hard luck gambler who gets in over his head when he starts putting his store's profits on the line. Written by Anonymous

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A comedy with the works!


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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamenos apo heri See more »


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Golden Monkey Pictures See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Though Malachy McCourt is credited as O'Reilly, he does not appear in the film. His scenes do appear in the "Deleted Scenes" feature of a recent DVD release, however. See more »

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A Wanna-Be "Trendy" Film...
19 March 1999 | by Quinn-5See all my reviews

All through "The Deli", a movie centered around a New York City deli and its gambling-addict owner through the course of a weekend, the film shakes the audience by the shoulders again and again and shouts with the desperation of a drug addict in need of a fix (or a filmmaker in need of a positive buzz for his project)"I'm a quirky independent film with even quirkier independent-film-characters, I swear!!" Plot be damned! Scenes in "The Deli" are set up again and again to showcase the whacky ensemble cast of semi-familiar names playing loser-like, yet sometimes endearing characters that must inhabit the middle class neighborhoods of New York City's outer boroughs like locusts: one prime example is a scene involving a slimy Italian couple with over-the-top Brooklyn accents in a shouting match over some insipid topic as their stepdaughter dances around yelling with them, with rapper Ice T between them. The scene ends with Ice T stamping his foot in frustration and shouting with mighty gusto: "Damn! This place be crazier than my own hood!" Ha-ha. Boy, quirky independent films don't get any quirkier than this. Mike Starr, after a career of second-fiddle-at-best roles as the big, beefy working class guy with the big New York accent, finally lands a lead, and now he most likely never will again. Quentin Tarantino spawned a horrble plague on us all, and it is that of the bratty independant filmmaker who thinks Tarantino is successful only because he made "Reservoir Dogs" first. As a lifelong New York City resident, I've seen this breed of artists (and I use the term quite loosely) flock to Manhattan's trendier districts to jumpstart their careers, and the few who do just that, usually make B-Grade films like "The Deli", and paint their canvas with colorful New York characters who are mere figments in their imagination of what real New Yorkers must be like. I can't say it's all that insulting, at least when it's a mediorce quality film like this one, but it sure gets tiring after awhile, and makes one long for the days when Tarantino was still a waiter, and his army of wanna-bes still in Anytown, USA.

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