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Wise Guys (1986)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 18 April 1986 (USA)
Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

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Cast

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Bobby DiLea
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Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
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Lil Dickstein
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Wanda Valentini
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Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini ...
Grandma Valentini
Matthew Kaye ...
Harry Jr.
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Rick Petrucelli ...
Al the Bookie
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Storyline

Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are goons for the Newark mob boss Castelo. They are sent to the race track to place a bet on a horse but screw it up by betting on the wrong horse. Now they owe $250,000 but they separately get an offer to work it off; by killing the other one. Together they go off to Atlantic City where Harry's mobster uncle Mike may be able to bail them out. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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What kind of guys gamble with the boss's money, swipe a killer's Cadillac, and party on the mob's credit card?

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Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baieti destepti  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,324,456 (USA) (20 April 1986)

Gross:

$8,475,466 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Hollywood columnist Peter Bart, United Artists personally screened a rough cut for legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder, at the request of studio head Jerry Weintraub. After the screening, Weintraub asked Wilder how he liked the film and if he could offer any suggestions to Brian De Palma about how to make the film even better. Wilder's reply was: "It's a piece of shit! I can tell you how to make it less of a piece of shit, but it would still be a piece of shit!" See more »

Goofs

After Harry is shot, the bloodstain on his shirt gets smaller as the scene progresses. See more »

Quotes

Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: Let me waste 'em, Mr. Costelo!
Anthony Costelo: Do we really hurt them by killing them?
Louie Fontucci: It's a good start.
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Forgotten De Palma
2 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) are both errand boys for the Mob. When they lose $250,000, they are set up to kill each other. But they run off to Atlantic City and comedy follows.

This film is a bit of an enigma in Brian De Palma's career, not fitting in with the themes or style he is known for. In fact, I would have expected something like this to come from Billy Wilder before De Palma, but yet it exists.

I do have to say I loved the roles filled by Lou Albano and Harvey Keitel. I mean, wow, despite a relatively weak film, Keitel still brings his A game.

Roger Ebert wrote, "Wise Guys is an abundant movie, filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry." Apparently this enthusiasm has "run dry" since its release, as now the film is largely forgotten and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a poor 33%. Personally, I thought it was just average.


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