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The Deli (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 7 November 1997 (USA)
"If you like THE SOPRANOS, you'll love THE DELI" - The Phantom of the Movies From director John Gallagher, THE DELI is an enchanting slice-of-life comedy about a hard luck gambler who gets ... See full summary »

Director:

John A. Gallagher (as John Andrew Gallagher)

Writers:

John Dorrian, John A. Gallagher (as John Andrew Gallagher)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Keeslar ... Andy
Brian Vincent ... Pinky
Jack O'Connell ... Jimmy - The Newsman
Mario D'Elia ... Joe - The Milkman
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Micky
Michael Imperioli ... Matty
Mary Diveny Mary Diveny ... Mrs. Merry
Malachy Cleary ... Mr. Stein
Ali Marsh ... Donna
Mike Starr ... Johnny
Frances Anderson Frances Anderson ... Shampoo Girl
Judith Malina ... Vincenza Amico
Tony Rigo Tony Rigo ... Asparagus Man
Joseph D'Onofrio ... Lawrence (as Joe D'Onofrio)
Tania Grier ... Tammy
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"If you like THE SOPRANOS, you'll love THE DELI" - The Phantom of the Movies From director John Gallagher, THE DELI is an enchanting slice-of-life comedy about a hard luck gambler who gets in over his head when he starts putting his store's profits on the line. Written by Anonymous

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gambling | independent film | See All (2) »

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A comedy with the works!

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamenos apo heri See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,675
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Golden Monkey Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Though Malachy McCourt is credited as O'Reilly, he does not appear in the film. His scenes do appear in the "Deleted Scenes" feature of a recent DVD release, however. See more »

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Oh it's funny because it's true!
17 August 1999 | by John-426See all my reviews

This is to let you all know that while Quinn says the characters are an offensive representation of some New Yorkers - that's not true! (This comes from an Italian American...me) First of all, the movie is funny as all hell. That's because the quirkiness of the characters are quite real. Just take a walk into any OTB parlor, Yankees or Mets game and you're sure to find characters like those portrayed in The Deli. The character of Johnny played by Mike Starr is so incredibly accurate of the degenerate gambler it's scary. The movie does not 'glamorize' characters (like in Goodfellas or Casino) but accentuates the foibles and wacky neurosis of the everyday gambler and "regular Joe."

I highly recommend this movie for anyone with a sense of humor. While it's no Casablanca, it's a very very funny "insiders" representation of those who dwell in the Italian American blue class neighborhoods of New York city. Rent it. Watch it. And laugh! If you don't find it funny, then the jokes simply went over your head. So you'll need to watch it again.


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