The Dukes (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.
PG-13 (for brief sexuality and drug references)
Comedy , Drama
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Robert Davi
as Danny
Frank D'Amico
as Armond
Elya Baskin
as Murph
Miriam Margolyes
as Aunt Vee
Bruce Weitz
as Toulio
Eloise Dejoria
as Katherine
Alphonse Mouzon
as Ray Simone
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Critic Reviews for The Dukes

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (13)

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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The sweetness grows cloying by the end, but perhaps that's fitting for a film that's so clearly a labor of love.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Top Critic

The Dukes may be hard to find on the big screen, but it's worth keeping an eye out for once it reaches DVD.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Top Critic

Here's the little movie that could, a potent directing debut for actor Robert Davi.

November 19, 2008
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Jokes about a matron at an Italian restaurant and a guy with a thing for fat chicks only take you so far.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Sol C
Sol C

Super Reviewer

This movie is much much better than what the rt score shows. The movie starts a little slow but once the story unfolds it is quite entertaining and the characters were great.


As soon as it started, I immediately didn't like it. I think I got to about 37 minutes before I turned it off.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

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