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Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro,
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
According to Hollywood columnist Peter Bart, United Artists personally screened a rough cut for Billy Wilder, at the request of studio head Jerry Weintraub. After the screening, Weintraub asked Wilder how he liked the film, and if he could offer any suggestions to Brian De Palma about how to make the film even better. Wilder's reply was: "It's a piece of shit! I can tell you how to make it less of a piece of shit, but it would still be a piece of shit!" See more »
When Harry shows Bobby DiLea the box of money, all the cash is rubber banded into neat piles. Later Harry shows Moe the same box and the cash is loose and there doesn't appear to be as much in the box as earlier. Then, when Harry and Moe go down to the casino, the money is in neat piles and the box is filled up again. See more »
In the original version at the beginning of the car trashing scene,there is a shot of the back of the car going down the road while Pink Caddilac is playing. The UK version which omits the song deletes this shot. See more »
Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) 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.
This film is a bit of an enigma in Brian De Palma's career, not fitting in with the themes or style he is known for. In fact, I would have expected something like this to come from Billy Wilder before De Palma, but yet it exists.
I do have to say I loved the roles filled by Lou Albano and Harvey Keitel. I mean, wow, despite a relatively weak film, Keitel still brings his A game.
Roger Ebert wrote, "Wise Guys is an abundant movie, filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry." Apparently this enthusiasm has "run dry" since its release, as now the film is largely forgotten and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a poor 33%. Personally, I thought it was just average.
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