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Dear Mr. Wonderful (1982)

Joe Pesci is a small man looking for a big break. Owner of a bowling alley and nightclub in Jersey, Ruby Dennis (Pesci) sets his sites on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than he... See full summary »

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Peter Lilienthal

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Sam Koperwas
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joe Pesci ... Ruby Dennis
Karen Ludwig ... Paula
Frank Vincent ... Louie
Ed O'Ross ... Glenn
Richard S. Castellano ... Agent
Ivy Ray Browning Ivy Ray Browning ... Sharon
Larry Rapp ... Arnold
Joseph Rigano Joseph Rigano ... Artie
Gene Ruffini Gene Ruffini ... Jimmy
Ben Dova Ben Dova ... Ben
Dominick Grieco Dominick Grieco ... Lenny
Paul Herman ... Hesh
Evan Handler ... Ray
Tony Martin ... Cameo
Ronald Maccone Ronald Maccone ... Maurice
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Storyline

Joe Pesci is a small man looking for a big break. Owner of a bowling alley and nightclub in Jersey, Ruby Dennis (Pesci) sets his sites on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than he gambled for and in the end is a much bigger man for it. Written by Justin Keith

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One mans dream... is another mans nightmare!

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Crime | Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 August 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruby's Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Many of the crew members from this film went on from this production to work on John Sayles' Baby It's You (1983) the following year, including cinematographer 'Michael Ballhaus'. Sayles' film was released first in the U.S. while "Dear Mr. Wonderful" premiered in Germany in 1982. See more »

Quotes

Ruby Dennis: When I was a little kid and the water was cold, my mother always used to say, "Swim near the fat lady. It's warmer there."
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Alternate Versions

The original German cut ran 116 minutes. The American video versions run approximately 112 minutes (as a result of an anonymous videocassette company heavily abridging and replacing the original German-language opening and closing credits in 1992, as we will observe that cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has no credit in this version). However, when it premiered in New York theaters in the United States in 1983, it premiered at 103 minutes. The various "budget" video releases, however, restore most of the missing material. See more »

Connections

Features Men in War (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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dear Mr. Awful
24 October 2007 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

Wow i couldn't believe how awful this movie was.. The singing was lousy, Joe Pesci looked so cheesy in this role, and i like Joe Pesci, Don't think he was ready to be a lead actor in this, but then again he didn't have much to work with either, i thought i noticed Robert DeNiro as the piano player, also Michael Pare in the Gym. i couldn't wait for this film to end, it was so drawn out,, no action whatsoever, he hardly even makes an attempt to get out of his mess. he just says, oh it will get better, well folksy the movie never did get better to say the least, and that's an understatement. At least the other movie on this disc was great, Family Enforcer, I think that Joe Pesci is more comfortable in a supporting role , than say a lead role, although i 'm almost positive he would do a better job than this movie here , all in all this movie really was horrible, won't watch again for a long long time.


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