An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
Robert De Niro,
Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein are goons for the Newark mob boss Castelo. They are sent to the race track to place a bet on a horse but screw it up by betting on the wrong horse. Now they owe $250,000 but they separately get an offer to work it off; by killing the other one. Together they go off to Atlantic City where Harry's mobster uncle Mike may be able to bail them out. Written by
According to Hollywood columnist Peter Bart, United Artists personally screened a rough cut for legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder, at the request of studio head Jerry Weintraub. After the screening, Weintraub asked Wilder how he liked the film and if he could offer any suggestions to Brian De Palma about how to make the film even better. Wilder's reply was: "It's a piece of shit! I can tell you how to make it less of a piece of shit, but it would still be a piece of shit!" See more »
When Moe and Harry arrive at Resorts International in the damaged Cadillac, the longshot shows them hitting the corner of a parked car and the Resorts doorman running to inspect the damage. In the next shot, he is still at the door. See more »
I like Danny devito. His sense of comedy and timing are really what make the movies he makes fun to watch. He is perfectly casted in "Wise guys" which is Brian De Palmas attempt at a comedy. The movie is pretty much a parody of the gangster genre which was popular in the 70's. The movie also stars Joe Piscapo as his bumbling Jewish friend Moe. The story is of these two men and their jobs in an organized crime syndicate were they are treated with low regards, even from their boss. harry (De vito) and Moe don't really have it easy in the mob. After screwing up on a simple job the main boss decides to have them both be given a contract to kill each other without either of them knowing. The comedy is good and fresh. particularly the scene at the church which still makes me crack up. Captain Lou albino is great as Frankie the fixer. The chemistry between Harry and Moe is well deserved in this buddy comedy. I think it was overlooked because they expected De Palma to make more serious oriented films that critics were used to like "Scarface", "The Untouchables" and "Carrie". Its disappointing that they passed on this film cuz:
1. I thought it was really good. 2. Each character got some good screen time 3. Its a great parody that even Scorsese would appreciate 4. De vito is just funny and thats always a plus.
If you like gangster films but prefer to see the genre itself be given fresh material, please look at this film, Its worth a rental.
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