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Why Me? (1990)

A jewel thief steals a sacred ruby which sets off a chase by the police, the Turkish government, nutty American terrorists, and the C.I.A.

Director:

Gene Quintano

Writers:

Donald E. Westlake (book), Donald E. Westlake (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Gus Cardinale
Kim Greist ... June Daley
Christopher Lloyd ... Bruno Daley
J.T. Walsh ... Francis Mahoney
Gregory Millar Gregory Millar ... Leon
Wendel Meldrum ... Gatou Vardebedian
Michael J. Pollard ... Ralph
John Hancock ... Tiny
Tony Plana ... Benjy Klopzik
Thomas Callaway ... Zachary
Jack Kehler ... Freedly
René Assa René Assa ... Bob the Turk
Sebastian Massa Sebastian Massa ... Tiny's Sidekick
Kate Benton Kate Benton ... Spokeswoman
Jack Heller ... Turk #2
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Storyline

A jewel thief, his wacky sidekick, and his girlfriend are chased around Los Angeles by cops, the Cia, terrorists and Turkish government agents after they steal a sacred ruby, the Byzantine Fire. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Warum gerade ich? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Jackson was originally set to direct, before Gene Quintano stepped in. See more »

Goofs

No explanation is given as to when or how Gus, Bruno and June were able to set up the between-towers rope-and-pulleys system to exchange the Byzantine Fire for the bag of money; it seems to have already been in place when the trio arrive at the towers. See more »

Quotes

Gus Cardinale: [about the ring] I wonder what we could get for it.
June Daley: Oh, 20 years, killed, hunted like deer.
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Features Halloween (1978) See more »

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Why Me?
Words & Music by Steve Wood and Phil Marshall
Performed by Steve Wood
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entertaining, if you don't have anything to do
19 July 2004 | by xtopperxSee all my reviews

I saw this movie while I was working at a Post Production studio in Hollywood, back in 1990. I was 19 and maybe somewhat more sympathetic back then.

Post Production can get boring at times, and a lot of very dull and incompetent programming gets produced and sent through Post Houses, like the one I worked at. But this movie, even being a solid "B" flick: starts, gets moving, does it's best with what it has, and wraps up decently (as far as stories go).

From what I remember, this movie doesn't pretend to be anything but entertaining; and while other movies do that better than this one, this is a movie that can entertain you if your bored and can watch a jewel thief movie without being critical about clichés. You can tell that the producers knew how much they could get from this budget and story and I don't think this crew could've done better. Chris Lambert, Chris Lloyd, and JT Walsh... good combo, and I think they pull it off as best it could be done.


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