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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.
Tony Munafo ...
Tony Rizzoli ...
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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

When Harry and Moe are talking about how lucky they are, the elevator door shows that they're on the 14th floor, which would actually be the 13th floor, since buildings generally label the 13th floor as 14th. See more »

Goofs

When Harry is at the bar and takes the towel to remove the tropical tan lotion, a quick shot before he wipes his face shows the makeup is already gone. Also, there is no makeup on the white towel he used. See more »

Quotes

Santo Ravallo: [New Shoes is clipping the Fixer's toenails. It hits Santo in the eyebrow] Hey, watch out, willya?
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: Why the hell do I always have to do this?
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: You know damn well I can't do it myself!
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: Does Mrs. Fixer do it for you at home, Frankie?
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: None of your business! Why don't we just go over there and waste 'em?
Joey 'New Shoes' Siclione: We're not supposed to do nothin' until Mr. Costelo says so!
Santo Ravallo: [Picks up a large white item] This is the strangest pillow case I've ever seen.
Frank "The Fixer" Acavano: IT'S MY UNDERWEAR, ASSHOLE!
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Connections

References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Cadillac
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A very well and overlooked comedy
27 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Danny devito. His sense of comedy and timing are really what make the movies he makes fun to watch. He is perfectly casted in "Wise guys" which is Brian De Palmas attempt at a comedy. The movie is pretty much a parody of the gangster genre which was popular in the 70's. The movie also stars Joe Piscapo as his bumbling Jewish friend Moe. The story is of these two men and their jobs in an organized crime syndicate were they are treated with low regards, even from their boss. harry (De vito) and Moe don't really have it easy in the mob. After screwing up on a simple job the main boss decides to have them both be given a contract to kill each other without either of them knowing. The comedy is good and fresh. particularly the scene at the church which still makes me crack up. Captain Lou albino is great as Frankie the fixer. The chemistry between Harry and Moe is well deserved in this buddy comedy. I think it was overlooked because they expected De Palma to make more serious oriented films that critics were used to like "Scarface", "The Untouchables" and "Carrie". Its disappointing that they passed on this film cuz:

1. I thought it was really good. 2. Each character got some good screen time 3. Its a great parody that even Scorsese would appreciate 4. De vito is just funny and thats always a plus.

If you like gangster films but prefer to see the genre itself be given fresh material, please look at this film, Its worth a rental.


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