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Judging from the song at the end, many of the actors have great singing voices, too. Somebody told me that they recorded a track to promote the film; I'd love to find it on the internet.
Towards the end of the movie, look for a really nice surprise appearance from veteran actor Joseph Campanella, which brought me to tears, as it reminded me of my own grandfather.
"The Dukes" is what some might call a 'sleeper'. I will be ordering a copy for my family and perhaps a few more for relatives and friends.
The film was never funny. It had humorous moments. There wasn't enough drama to be a drama, or thriller to be a thriller. It was hardly a crime movie. It lacked the cleverness of classic indie. Now having said all that, it wasn't a bad film, it just didn't feel entertained in any way after I saw it.
No f-bombs, no nudity, implied sex.
Don't get this film looking for a doo-wop version of Eddie and the Cruisers or, my favorite That Thing You Do. There is a doo-wop soundtrack (licensed mostly from ABKCO) and a score in the mood of Nito Rota. Davi had the idea for the script in the 1970s and by the year 2007 or so raised enough money to make it. Look at the list of producers and executive producers... large! And many of the actors were his friends and neighbors.
But back to the story. It really started out slow for me and when I got to the scene with aging vocal group dressed up like tomatoes for a TV commercial, I also gave up. But I stuck it out and enjoyed the rest of the film. There are extraneous scenes that could have been cut (Chazz Palmintei's long bed scene with a very overweight woman - she's SUPPOSED to be that way, it's the "joke" - goes on too long. And the burglary gone wrong moves the story in a different direction. But the film has heart. I'll give it that.
I really enjoy Palminteri as an actor. His one man show on Broadway was a tour de force. Here he seems to be slumming. The wonderful British Actress Miriam Margoyles really only gets a few scenes. The surprise gem is veteran actor Joe Campenella as Zorro (You'll have to see the film to understand his name.) Here he only speaks Italian. (and for some reason, the two Italian-American cousins - Davi and Palminteri - can understand Italian. Go figure.Read more ›
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I AM NOT BIG ON MOVIES ABOUT MUSIC OR SUCH, BUT THIS MOVIE WAS LOADED WITH LOTS OF FAMILIAR SONGS AND HAD A GOOD STORY LINE.Published on December 23, 2012 by Larry G. Young
Great, clean family movie! My whole family loved it. Definitely on my must watch list. Okay I guess I have to write more... So buy it, watch it and let others know.Published on September 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie for Doo-Wop fans. It has all the elements.It is funny,has great music,is heartwarming and has a few twists to the plot. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by sam magro