- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 30, 2005
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Mono 1.0 English
- Mono 1.0 French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Do we really hurt them by killing them'"
- Anthony Castelo (Dan Hedaya) to Frank the Fixer (Captain Lou Albano)
"It's a start"
- Frank the Fixer (Captain Lou Albano) to Anthony Castelo (Dan Hedaya)
New York Times - 04/18/1986
"...WISE GUYS is one funny movie....[DeVito and Piscopo] pair up prodigiously..."
Variety - 04/23/1986
"...Just sleazy enough to make his motives questionable, Keitel gives the production a touch of class..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/18/1986
"...Directed by Brian De Palma with an uncharacteristic twinkle in his eye....When it's in high gear, it has a comic kick that comes from watching two guys act so crazy that you can't help but fall in love with the act..."
The story of two small-time hoods who are blundering underlings to a ruthless "don." Becoming frustrated with such menial tasks as taking care of the don's laundry they decide to show a little initiative and begin a series of misadventures and foul-ups.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Best friends Harry and Moe are go-getters inside a Newark mob outfit. They go get the boss's drycleaning. They go get his car. Now they have a new task: go get each other. The boss has secretly hired each pal to whack the other.
Brian De Palma, whose Scarface and Carlito's Way are mobster-movie classics, finds the genre's funny bone in a comedy "filled with ideas and gags and great characters. It never runs dry" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Dan Hedaya and Harvey Keitel are among the ensemble's portrayers of kingpins and palookas. And Danny DeVito and Joe Piscopo play the pals whose friendship might survive the mob'if they don't kill each other first.
Two errand boys for the Mob try to outfox their ruthless boss in this comedy by the master of cinematic hyperbole. Tired of their role as Mafia peons, best buddies Harry Valentini and Moe Dickstein cook up a scheme to secure enough money to open a Jewish-Italian deli together. Sent to the racetrack to place a bet for their employer, Harry and Moe attempt to cheat him out of his winnings and end up owing him $250,000 instead. Desperate to save their necks, the unlucky twosome head for Atlantic City in search of money to repay their blood-thirsty boss.
- Color by Technicolor; prints by Metrocolor.
- Captain Lou Albano (Frank the Fixer) is a former professional wrestler.