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Dirty Work (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (USA)
A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.

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Bob Saget
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norm MacDonald ... Mitch
Jack Warden ... Pops
Artie Lange ... Sam
Traylor Howard ... Kathy
Don Rickles ... Hamilton
Christopher McDonald ... Travis Cole
Chevy Chase ... Dr. Farthing
Bradley Reid Bradley Reid ... Mitch (at 8 Years Old)
Matt Steinberg Matt Steinberg ... Mitch (at 16 Years Old) (as Matthew Steinberg)
Joseph Sicilia Joseph Sicilia ... Sam (at 8 Years Old)
Austin Pool Austin Pool ... Sam (at 16 Years Old) (as Austin John Pool)
Gerry Mendicino Gerry Mendicino ... Manetti
A. Frank Ruffo ... Aldo
Hrant Alianak ... Kirkpatrick
Michael Vollans Michael Vollans ... Derek (at 10 Years Old)
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Storyline

Mitch and Sam have to come up with $50,000 and fast! The only problem is neither one can hold down a job. Mitch finds a way to money by exploiting the only talents the two have, by opening a "Revenge For Hire" business. Written by Colby Smith <csmith@deltaware.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Revenge is sweet (and surprisingly affordable) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brudna robota See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,634,236, 14 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,975,684, 2 August 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Due perhaps to MacDonald not being known as a leading man and mediocre promotion, the film only grossed $13 million. It has, however, done exceptionally well on home video, gaining a cult following over the years. MacDonald has even thought of writing a sequel. See more »

Goofs

After Mitch breaks the telephone apart with a bat, it rings, and he answers. When he holds the receiver to his ear, the part you are actually able to hear out of, is facing away from him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Derek: Hand over the milk money, Weaver.
Mitch: I'm afraid I can't do that, Derek. I'm just not sure you'll spend it on milk.
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Crazy Credits

Funny outtakes from the filming play during the first half of the credits. See more »

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Also when aired the TV (USA network), the scene near the very end, when Pops says "I've also got something working again...it rhymes with 'Cock'!!!" is cut right when he says "Cock!" See more »

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Written by Kevin Griffin
Performed by Better Than Ezra
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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A movie that allows non-stop comedy....Norm scores big...
9 August 2005 | by adamst-3See all my reviews

Now when Saget made this film, he wasn't intending on creating an Oscar worthy performance from MacDonald or any of the other funny character ensemble. Whoever it was who would give this film a 4/10 star rating obviously is a one-sided dropout who doesn't realize the true meaning and genius in this movie. It was created for one reason and one reason only. To be funny. And by god it was. The great Chris Farley was only able to make but a few entrances but each time he was on screen, he nailed his part and brought more to the screen than what was on the paper. It is a shame a man of his magnitude was never able to show the world around us everything he was capable of. As for Chevy Chase, some may say his part showed up a little bit dry. Which it did, but this was not because of a poor script. This simply is because Chevy Chase's style of humor is that more of the early to late 70's. His performance overall was pretty good and I personally enjoyed it but the fact is he was unable to creatively fulfill himself in this film. The poor acting is made up for by having a non-stop comedy story board. This film ceases to have a dull moment and this largely can be credited to Norm MacDonald and his very unique style of comedy. Norm has always been a different kind of comedian who has different views on what he believes is funny. In this film, he is successfully able to transfer his hysterical notions to the lucky viewers of this film.


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