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Wise Guys (1986)

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

Director:

Brian De Palma

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Harry Valentini
Joe Piscopo ... Moe Dickstein
Harvey Keitel ... Bobby DiLea
Ray Sharkey ... Marco
Dan Hedaya ... Anthony Castelo
Lou Albano ... Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano (as Captain Lou Albano)
Julie Bovasso ... Lil Dickstein
Patti LuPone ... Wanda Valentini
Antonia Rey ... Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini Mimi Cecchini ... Grandma Valentini
Matthew Kaye ... Harry Jr.
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Santo Ravallo
Tony Rizzoli Tony Rizzoli ... Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione
Frank Vincent ... Louie Fontucci
Rick Petrucelli 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baieti destepti See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,324,456, 20 April 1986

Gross USA:

$8,475,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,475,466
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian De Palma's later film, Snake Eyes (1998), is also set in Atlantic City. See more »

Goofs

When Moe accidentally hangs himself from the light fitting, the metal loop on the back of his concealed safety harness is clearly visible for a split second when the camera looks down at him from above. See more »

Quotes

Harry Valentini: It's all part of the grand design!
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Alternate Versions

In some versions of the movie there is a extended shot of Marco, Moe, and Harry walking to the church. It shows them discussing something, but you cannot hear. This scene is present in only selective versions See more »

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Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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New Jersey Mob Comedy..You Got A Problem w/That?
27 August 2001 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

This movie is silly but never stupid, so you can just enjoy it for what it is...a Jersey mob comedy. Principals DeVito and Piscopo are life-long friends who live next door to each other in Newark, and their source of income comes from the mob figure (Dan Hedaya) who allows them to pick up his dry cleaning and start his car (this was a funny scene..DeVito starting a car that might explode..the entire neighborhood clears out in 20 seconds! Plus the other mobsters bet on the outcome!) and go to the track for him. They are sometimes joined by Captain Lou Albano, who is out of his mind but at least did not attach those rubber bands to his face like he did when he was WWF-connected, and he has little patience for either of these flunkies.

Don't want to give anything else away, but the friends are put in the position of having to test their friendship and on the whole, this is a very satisfying comedy with a two leads in good form, great character actors like Julie Bovasso, Antonia Rey, Patti Lupone, Ray Sharkey, and an appearance by Harvey Keitel, too! Plus authentic Jersey locations, including a trip to Atlantic City..

Brian DePalma directed, and he is not renowned for his comedies but maybe he should be.


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