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Johnny Dangerously (1984)

Michael Keaton , Joe Piscopo , Amy Heckerling  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton, Peter Boyle
  • Directors: Amy Heckerling
  • Writers: Harry Colomby, Bernie Kukoff, Jeff Harris, Norman Steinberg
  • Producers: Bud Austin, Harry Colomby, Michael Hertzberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067J1U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,881 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Johnny Dangerously" on IMDb

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In Amy Heckerling's hilarious send-up of 1930s gangster films, Michael Keaton stars as Johnny Dangerously, a devoted son who turns to a life of crime in order to pay for his mother's operation. As a dapper kingpin, he manages to provide support for her never-ending medical problems while romancing a steamy torch singer (Marilu Henner), battling arch-rival Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) and exposing a corrupt D.A. (Danny DeVito). It's a zany, wild spoof that's riddled with as many gags as bullet holes.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Does This Movie Get Bad Reviews?? August 25, 2002
I have NEVER understood why this movie has been so poorly rated. It is hilarious from start to finish; it has fantastic comedic writing and a wonderful cast. Anyone who watched this with me on tape ended up borrowing it, and no one I know agrees with the reviewers; they LIKE this movie! It is a parody of the 1930's gangster movies and, as such is in a class with "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles". Michel Keaton is the title character who turns to a life of "crime" in order to provide for his mother's endless series of life saving surgeries. His old Irish mother is played by Maureen Stapleton (and no one will ever forget "Hi. I'm Ma Kelley and I go both ways"). The characters and the one liners are simply fantastic. I tend to be very critical of movies and books: to "work" they have to occasion that "willful suspension of disbelief" that lets the viewer/reader get "into" the story. In my experience, this is most difficult in a comedy because it is hard to sustain the participation of the viewer in observing the story. However, it happens here seamlessly. I was particularly happy to have the DVD, because my tape was showing its age and use. From a technical point of view, the DVD does what it is supposed to do: crisp, clean and vivid picture and good (pre-Dolby 5.1, though) sound. The price is right, too. If you watch it and disagree with my high regard for this film, send an e-mail. But I'll bet that you find it to be a delightful film.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the all time best comedies of all time! March 14, 2004
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Sometimes the critics need to let go of their intellectual snobbery and just go with comedic timing. The entire cast of this film works well together, the jokes are funny and some people have been using quotes from this movie for twenty years. That's got to count for something.
So go out and buy this movie, you farging iceholes.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An often overlooked comedy gem... April 19, 2005
One of the more under-appreciated comedies of the 1980's, Johnny Dangerously seems to have slipped under the radar of the majority of the movie viewing public. But this is a true gem of a comedy created in the spirit of cult hits like Airplane and The Naked Gun. Sporting an all-star cast, and an endless number of hilarious scenes and one-liners, Johnny Dangerously is one of my favorite comedy films of all time. Michael Keaton is at his best in a comedic role (much like Tom Hanks before he too moved into more serious roles). Joe Piscopo also turns in one of his most memorable movie appearances, but the show stealer is little known actor Richard Dimitri in his portrayal of Roman Moronie - that fargin' bastage can really act!

Set in the 1930's, Johnny Dangerously follows the life of Johnny Kelly (Michael Keaton), an honest, All-American boy who turns to a life of crime in order to help pay for his mother's ever-mounting medical bills. When local gangster Jocko Dundee (Peter Boyle) has his butt saved by the enterprising young paperboy, he gives him the nickname Johnny Dangerously and hires him to work as courier in his operation. Boyle, a superb actor in his own right (Honeymoon In Vegas and Everybody Loves Raymond), has several great one-liners, and right from the start, this movie is scene after scene of laughs...

As the years pass, Johnny works his way up in the Dundee gang, which wages a constant turf war with the immigrant mobster Roman Moronie (Richard Dimitri). However, when Jocko is assassinated, Johnny is appointed to take his place, prompting inter-gang rival Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) to form his own gang in direct competition to Johnny.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uproarious laughs for everyone! August 28, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This movie features an all-star cast and bigtime belly laughs.Michael Keaton is fantastic as a gangster who is forced into a life of crime to help his ailing mother pay her medical bills.(The funniest part is that he's now trying to go straight).Joe Piscopo had me laughing throughout the whole movie- Danny DeVito,Marilu Henner,and Dom DeLuise all were perfect for their roles.But the best scenes involved the ones featuring Roman Maronie,the Italian clubowner.His butchery of the English language will have you laughing so hard you'll have to pause the tape-he steals the show!Also look for a cameo from former NFL star Dick Butkus.Watch this movie-you'll howl with laughter!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up Amazon editor June 28, 2005
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Format:VHS Tape
Sheesh, how can you not think the totally hilarious overdone accent (i.e.fargin' icehole and bastiches)is not funny. This movie is similar to movies such as Spaceballs etc. Its suppossed to be silly and inane. Its fun and thats the whole premise of the movie. Laugh a little and lighten up!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL FARCE September 8, 2005
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If you like parody movies you'll love this one. Excellent casting with numerous cameos and a good story line make this a fun movie to watch. This is the type of comedy Michael Keaton excels at.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical gangster spoof--a cult classic! September 11, 2002
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This is one of those movies which will have you repeating lines over and over to your friends.
Twelve-year-old Johnny Kelly earns an honest living as a paperboy with his prematurely aged mother and his law-engrossed little brother, Tommy. To pay for an urgent surgery for his mother (the first of a seemingly eternal series), Johnny joins the mob and grows to adulthood as a suave ladies' man. But first, rival crime boss Roman Moroni (Richard Dimitri, who murders the English language and his rivals) (Moroni had a lot of rules for his gang. Number one: never park in his private parking space (explosion)) and later, fellow gang member Danny Vermin (Joe Piscopo) will pay any price to stop him . . . not to mention Tommy, who has just graduated from law school and intends to fight crime, not knowing that his brother runs most of it!
Absolutely hysterical. Maureen Stapleton delights as Ma Kelly, and Griffin Dunne turns in an absolutely hysterical straight man role as Tommy Kelly, and is played upon by Johnny (Michael Keaton), Stapleton, and Danny DeVito (as Tommy's crooked boss, District Attorney Burr, who subsequently dies in a beer commercial). Watch for a hysterical performance by Hal Riddle, as an obsequious prison warden, anxious to do anything possible for his celebrity prisoner. (When Johnny asks to have his execution moved up as part of an escape plot, "Fry me tonight!", Riddle replies "Anything for you, Johnny! . . . We'll bump Steinberg. Dangerously will go to the chair tonight.")
The plot doesn't make much sense, but don't worry too much about it, you'll be too busy laughing to worry about such things!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over the top funny!
Over the top sight-gag comedy with a great cast. Absurdity reigns with Keaton, Henner, Boyle and Piscopo in fine comedic form. I loved it!
Published 20 days ago by Daniel Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars very cute and funny
With Keaton at his best this is a movie that you will want to watch over and over! Great cast starring in it!!
Published 1 month ago by William Rook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!!
Apparently some of the people reviewing this movie have no sense of humor. This move is excellent! If you like movies like Blazing Saddles, Airplane, or Spacewalks this is the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan Becker
3.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Dangerously
I love this movie, having seen it many times. However, I did find the quality to be lacking. The reproduction was fuzzy and the colors were dimmed.
Published 2 months ago by Juliet Lockhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
With an all star cast, this movie is chock full of laughs. Some swearing is implied, but never actually spoken. I guarantee you'll be quoting from this movie for years to come.
Published 2 months ago by Dave W. Cates
5.0 out of 5 stars Always makes me giggle.
One of my favourite movies. The ducky and bunny shelf paper and the anti-shoplifting device on the puppy's tail are some of my favorite things.
Published 2 months ago by Faith V. Logsdon
5.0 out of 5 stars I watched this movie once....ONCE!
That's a lie. I've watched it a dozen times. But its' one of the classic lines from the film!

If you are looking for a realistic 1920's gangster flick, watch The... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Skipjacks
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE
Published 4 months ago by Grace Sumner
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I have been missing this movie for years! So very excited to see it on DVD so I can now watch it any time I like! DVD was shipped fast and was in great condition on arrival.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars airrsq
bought this for my girlfriend who remembered watching it a long time ago, very amusing and one of Michael keatons funnier pieces
Published 5 months ago by troy
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