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.
This movie is funny from beginning to end. I really love this movie. Devito and Piscipo were great complements for each other and Captain Lou Albano was hiliarious. One problem with this movie is that you have to watch it on VHS. WHY IS IT NOT ON DVD?!!!!! I am shocked that they are not putting a De Palma movie on dvd especially one as funny as this one. This is a classic movie that not many people have seen and more people should. Whatever company makes this movie should put it on DVD.
I saw WISE GUYS two or three times when (1986) it was in the movie theaters. This gem from Brian DePalma delivers a lot of laughs while still building to a climax as suspenseful as the director's thrillers (THE UNTOUCHABLES, BODY DOUBLE, BLOW OUT). Joe Piscopo's performance sparkles, equaling his best work on "Saturday Night Live." Lou Albano, terrifyingly funny as a buffoonish hit man, almost steals the movie. See WISE GUYS!
A laugh from beginning to end. Danny and Joe are like Abbott & Costello.They complement one and other like a hand and a glove or a foot and a sock. The situations they get into and the way they deal with them,are hilarious.I wish they would put this on DVD format.I've watched this movie many times and I never get tired of seeing it.It's as funny each time I see it as it was the very first time.I consider it one of my all time classics.
All I can say about this movie is that it is a laugh a minute. Between the quips of Joe Piscopo and Danny DeVito, who are running from Mr. Costello (Dan Hedaya) and his gangster mob after losing 50K at the track, and the crazed Mr. Acavano, this movie is amazingly funny. The movie is absolutely worth watching just for Mr. Piscopo's reactions when they lose the 50K. Check it out.