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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

Writer:

George Gallo

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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:

Wise Guys 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

Debut leading role in a cinema movie of Joe Piscopo. 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

Anthony Costelo: [after he has shot at Moe, several times] This jacket actually is bullet proof.
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions, including the one released in the UK, eliminate the Bruce Springsteen song Pink Cadillac from the soundtrack for copyright reasons. In the original, this song can be heard as Danny De Vito and Joe Piscopo drive to Atlantic City, trashing Frankie the Fixer's prized Cadillac en route. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wise Bull (2015) 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 zoeisdead2002See 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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