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The Dukes (2007)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 10

Despite the charming principal performances, The Dukes remains little more than an unambitious pet project.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

Despite the charming principal performances, The Dukes remains little more than an unambitious pet project.



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Actor Robert Davi steps behind the camera to direct himself, Chazz Palminteri, and Peter Bogdanovich in The Dukes. The title comes from the name of a doo-wop act that at one time had the most popular song in the country. Decades later, the group desperate for cash, the musicians decide to work together to pull off an ill-conceived heist. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Drama, Comedy

Robert Davi, James Andronica

May 4, 2010

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Davi, who has the kind of handsomely weathered face that has spent a lot of time gazing into the sun, clearly poured his heart into this movie, and it shows.

December 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The sweetness grows cloying by the end, but perhaps that's fitting for a film that's so clearly a labor of love.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The Dukes may be hard to find on the big screen, but it's worth keeping an eye out for once it reaches DVD.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Here's the little movie that could, a potent directing debut for actor Robert Davi.

November 19, 2008
Rolling Stone
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The old-fashioned story is aided by surprisingly smooth direction, as well as likable performances from Davi himself, Chazz Palmintieri, and a perfectly cast Peter Bogdanovich.

November 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Jokes about a matron at an Italian restaurant and a guy with a thing for fat chicks only take you so far.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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A meager, low-key dramedy.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

As light as a feather and about as memorable, The Dukes is a pet project all the way, just a lark for Davi and his buddies to star in and screen for one another like a home movie.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A lot of love was clearly poured into this project; too bad the results were only so-so.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Between the performances and the nice visual style, the whole feels greater than the sum of its plot points.

November 20, 2008

Although it would be great to see Chazz Palminteri break out of the usual tough guy roles and Robert Davi break through into a successful career of writing and directing, this is not the film that does either. Decent viewing for the family but neither th

November 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Essentially a vanity project, a budget Ocean's 11 for Davi and his pals to sing some doo-wop tunes and ham it up.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source:

The Dukes could use more music and less sap, but it's refreshing to see a film about the problems of working-class men on the far side of middle age, struggling just to get by.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A heist comedy with showbiz savvy oozing from its pores.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Retro comedy about doo-wop singers hoping for one last score has great harmony, but lacks a catchy beat.

November 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Dukes

Great film. Congrads on Robert Davi on making a really good film. The film is better than half of the films that are playing right now. Davi did a great job both directing wise and acting wise. He has a great on screen chemistry with Chazz Palminteri, who is also hilarious in the film. The film kind of reminded me of the movie, The Crew, with Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Reynolds. The Crew was a better film than this. However, I still liked The Dukes and recommend it.
October 3, 2011
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As soon as it started, I immediately didn't like it. I think I got to about 37 minutes before I turned it off.
June 23, 2010

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