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Johnny Dangerously (1984)




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This spoof of the 1930s and '40s crime stories ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime as it tells the story of Johnny Dangerously (Byron Thames as the young Johnny, Michael Keaton as the older), a devoted son to his ailing mother (Maureen Stapleton), so ill that she needs money for several operations. Johnny has nowhere to turn, and because gangsters tend to flourish in his neighborhood he goes to work for Dundee, a benevolent godfather-gangster type, in order to cover his mother's medical bills. Johnny hides his association with Dundee from his younger brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) and goes so far as to pay for Tommy's law school fees -- supporting him until Tommy joins the staff of the local (and corrupt) district attorney's office for Burr (Danny DeVito). When Johnny starts working for Dundee, he clashes with the evil Vermin (Joe Piscopo) right from the beginning, but things only get worse. After Dundee decides to retire, Johnny ascends to the helm, and it does not look like Vermin is going to take that sitting down.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Norman Steinberg, Norman Steinberg, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Harry Colomby
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Michael Keaton
as Johnny Kelly/Johnny ...
Joe Piscopo
as Danny Vermin
Dom DeLuise
as The Pope
Byron Thames
as Young Johnny
Alan Hale Jr.
as Desk Sergeant
Sudie Bond
as Cleaning Woman
Leonard Termo
as Tony Scarano
Alexander Herzberg
as Boy in Suit
Georg Olden
as Young Vermin
Cynthia Szigeti
as Mrs. Capone
Elizabeth Arlen
as Girl on Steps
Mike Finneran
as Prisoner
Troy W. Slaten
as Young Tommy
Paul B. Price
as Prisoner
Norman Steinberg
as Reporter Duffy
Frank Slaten
as Henchman
Dean R. Miller
as Photographer
Neal Israel
as Dr. Zillman
Jerome Michaels
as Reporter Diering
Dean Miller
as Photographer
Jack Nance
as Priest
Michael Joy
as Chorus Girl
Carl Gottlieb
as Dr. Magnus
Paula Dell
as Mrs. Zimmer
Harvey Parry
as Policeman
Jeffrey Weissman
as T-Shirt Vendor
Richard A. Roth
as Prisoner Rabbi
Chuck Hicks
as Governor
Dick Balduzzi
as Prisoner
Will Seltzer
as Prisoner
Hal Riddle
as Warden
Trisha Long
as Female Butler
Norman Steinberg
as Reporter Duffy
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Dangerously

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Keaton in starring role helps, but overall average laughs.

March 6, 2008

Good spoof of The Roaring Twenties

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Johnny Dangerously

So funny and entertaining, I really enjoyed it, even if some parts were a little too ridiculous. Most of the time this is a very cool movie. It is a spoof of 30s-40s gangster and film noir movies. If you like those movies, check this out.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This pastiche of old school gangster films has a couple of funny moments, but spread over 90 minutes it soon wears out it's welcome.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The Indian mobster was hilarious!

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Johnny Dangerously Quotes

Priest: I missed the bus, you missed the bus, when's the next bus?
– Submitted by T R (4 years ago)
Johnny Dangerously: How is she, Doc?
Dr. Magnus: It's her thyroid, Johnny.
Johnny Dangerously: Oh. What's wrong with it?
Dr. Magnus: That's the thing! I can't find it! We're going to have to do a thyroid search.
– Submitted by T R (4 years ago)
Lil: I hope this is doing something for your morale.
– Submitted by T R (4 years ago)
Vermin: You shouldn't hang me on a door. My father hung me on a door, once. ONCE.
– Submitted by T R (4 years ago)

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