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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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Gallo, Norman Steinberg, Robert Boris, Nicholas Pileggi, Brian DePalma
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Danny DeVito
as Harry Valentini
Joe Piscopo
as Moe Dickstein
Dan Hedaya
as Anthony Castelo
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' Ac...
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
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 (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A waste of celluloid.

March 20, 2003
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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

Super Reviewer


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

Aj V

Super Reviewer


The thing about Wise Guys is that itā??s actually not that bad at all. Since De Palma is the heir to Hitchcock, itā??s only fair that you relate this to Mr. and Mrs. Smith. It just shows that he can do anything. Heā??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. Itā??s not amazing, but probably better than most people give it credit for.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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