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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 21 December 1984 (USA)
Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.

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Amy Heckerling

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Johnny Kelly / Johnny Dangerously
Joe Piscopo ... Danny Vermin
Marilu Henner ... Lil
Maureen Stapleton ... Ma Kelly
Peter Boyle ... Jocko Dundee
Griffin Dunne ... Tommy Kelly
Glynnis O'Connor ... Sally
Dom DeLuise ... The Pope
Richard Dimitri Richard Dimitri ... Roman Troy Moronie
Danny DeVito ... Burr
Ron Carey ... Pat
Ray Walston ... Vendor
Dick Butkus ... Arthur
Byron Thames ... Young Johnny
Alan Hale Jr. ... Desk Sergeant
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Storyline

Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills. Written by Craig Clarke <clarkec@topaz.cqu.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny peligroso See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,947,746, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$17,124,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,124,395
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny DeVito and Marilu Henner starred on Taxi (1978). See more »

Goofs

The name of Richard Dmitri's character is spelled Moronie on his club sign and in newspapers. In the credits its spelled Maroni. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Kelly: [Ma Kelly pours a shot for Tommy] Mom, it's Prohibition.
Ma Kelly: Aw, shut up! Stop acting like a fag choir boy.
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Crazy Credits

Ray Walston's name appears twice in the closing credits. The first is with a picture of his character and later in just typeface (along with Ron Carey) under the title "Special Appearances." See more »

Alternate Versions

Around the time of the Columbine shootings, Comedy Central removed Danny Vermin's line (referring to his specially made 88 Magnum) "It shoots through schools.". See more »


Soundtracks

Dangerously
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Performed by Marilu Henner
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Funny "hit and miss" comedy
29 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

One of the first of the gangster spoof movies this is the story of Michael Keaton's Johnny Kelly sucked into Peter Boyle's New York gang before eventually leading it. This is confused by the fact that Johnny's brother (Griffin Dunne) is the DA seeking to put New York's crime lords away.

The film is silly from start to finish - the plot doesn't make sense and the characters are overblown, but that's the whole point - it's meant to be a spoof and it is. The jokes are quite hit-and-miss, but the majority hit and are funny, although you do need to be in the mood for it.

Michael Keaton is perfect in the lead role, clearly enjoying himself immensely and is on-form for the whole movie. The whole cast provide good support in a series of fun roles - Griffin Dunne is great as the DA, Danny DeVito top in a small role as the crooked DA (or host of game show "play ball"!). Richard Dimitri is hilarious as the gangster of unknown origin, guilty of murdering the english language (fargin' funny!), Peter Boyle is good as Johnny's boss, but Joe Piscopo is the best support as the gangster with attitude ("once").

The film is a fun throwback spoof. Every element of the film is exaggerated and the majority of it comes off well. Yes some jokes miss but they come so thick and fast that the next one is never far away.


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