The Deli (1997)





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With its plenitude of shady figures, eccentrics and crooks, this tale of a deeply-indebted, gambling-addicted delicatessen owner evokes the stories of Damon Runyon. Almost all of Johnny's patrons know about his problem, but they let it slide. Even the bill collectors, impressed by the fast-talking deli man's charm, are willing to forgive him. However, there is one person he cannot sway and that is his domineering mother, a woman more terrifying to him than any bookmaker's thugs. He knows the jig is up with her when the daily lottery winner is announced and the number is the one his mother had been giving him money to play every week for the past few years. But unbeknownst to her, selfish Johnny has used her weekly ten spot to make his own bets. Afraid of telling her, Johnny makes one last desperate high-stakes wager to cover his debt to his mom.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Caminer-Gallagher Productions


Mike Starr
as Johnny
Judith Malina
as Mrs. Amico
as Phil the Meat Man
Debi Mazar
as Teresa
Jerry Stiller
as Petey Cheesecake
Frank Vincent
as Tommy Tomatoes
Burt Young
as J.C.
Michael Badalucco
as Eric the Soda Man
Heavy D
as Bo
as Avocado Lady
Joey Kola
as The Lonely Guy
Jack A. O'Connell
as Jimmy the Newsman
Mary Diveny
as Mrs. Merry
Malachy Cleary
as Mr. Stein
Ali Marsh
as Donna
Frances Anderson
as Shampoo Girl
Tony Rigo
as Asparagus Man
Tania Grier
as Tammy
Louis Fattell
as Bartender
A.J. Benza
as Salvy
Anne Morea
as Waitress
Jon Courtney
as Sports Announcer
Lorri Bagley
as One-A-Day Girl
Marty Finn
as Customer
Cisse Cameron
as Mrs. Cavallo
Paula Stevens
as Margie
Joseph D'Onofrio
as Lawrence
Rebecca Boyd
as Socialite
Sam Coppola
as Mr. Bishop
Laura Caspi
as Girl at BBQ
Alex Massina III
as Kid at BBQ
Molly Schulman
as Kid at BBQ
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Critic Reviews for The Deli

All Critics (2)

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May 30, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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July 4, 2005

This movie tells us to beware of rappers in cinema. Thanks for the warning, Ice-T.

August 1, 2002
West Valley View

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999

Audience Reviews for The Deli

A All Star Crack You Up Movie That Will Keep You Laughing Out Loud! Love This Movie !

Stacey Smith
Stacey Smith

A genial, low-budget independent film that's long on cutesy Noo Yawk atmosphere but short on both laughs and multidimensional characters.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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