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Wise Guys (1986)

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In this comedy, a couple of bumbling gangsters, Harry Valentini (Danny DeVito) and Moe Dickstein (Joe Piscopo) mess up a simple assignment, attracting the attention and wrath of their boss, Anthony Castelo (Dan Hedaya). As a punishment for their goof-up, Castelo gives both Harry and Moe confidential instructions to knock each other off.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Cast

Danny DeVito
as Harry Valentini
Joe Piscopo
as Moe Dickstein
Dan Hedaya
as Anthony Castelo
Ray Sharkey
as Marco
Patti LuPone
as Wanda Valentini
Harvey Keitel
as Bobby Dilea
Julie Bovasso
as Lil Dickstein
Antonia Rey
as Aunt Sadie
Mimi Cecchini
as Grandma Valentini
Captain Lou Albano
as Frank 'The Fixer' Acavano
Tony Munafo
as Santo Ravallo
Frank Vincent
as Louie Fontucci
Rick Petrucelli
as Al the Bookie
Anthony Holland
as Karl the Desk Clerk
Dan Resin
as Maitre D'
Maria Pitillo
as Massuese
Henry Stewart
as Tailor
Dayna Lee
as Birthday Guest
Catherine Scorsese
as Birthday Guest
Charles Scorsese
as Birthday Guest
Bob O'Connell
as Race Track Bettor
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Critic Reviews for Wise Guys

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

It's tempting to dismiss "Wise Guys" as a pointless, ill-advised forebear to "Dumb and Dumber." But even if only for an act, you sense De Palma striving for more artful zaniness a la the Marx Brothers or a grimmer side of the Ealing Comedy spectrum.

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
Suite101.com

A mid-career faux pas, or the director's equivalent of the coruscating, laugh-stuck-in-your-throat dissonance of The King of Comedy?

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Slant Magazine

Brian DePalma, who made some funny movies years ago, seems to have lost his touch.

August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A waste of celluloid.

March 20, 2003
Reeling Reviews

A lame Mob comedy, proving Piscopo is not movie material

December 19, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A terrific piece of throwaway entertainment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Wise Guys

I know this movie doesn't get a lot of love, but it's got a few great gags in it. Piscopo is even pretty descent.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

½

A fantastic dark comedy about gangsters, I loved this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

The thing about Wise Guys is that it’s actually not that bad at all. Since De Palma is the heir to Hitchcock, it’s only fair that you relate this to Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It just shows that he can do anything. He’s not just a suspense storyteller, he can also show off his literal sense of humor. Danny DeVito is hilarious and there is also a very funny performance by Harvey Keitel. It’s not amazing, but probably better than most people give it credit for.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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