Johnny Dangerously Movie Review

Johnny Dangerously

Organized crime has never been so disorganized!


Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Griffin Dunne, Marilu Henner

Peter Boyle, Danny Devito, Maureen Stapleton, Glynnis O'Connor, Dom DeLuise, Richard Dimitri, Danny DeVito, Ron Carey, Dick Butkus, Byron Thames, Alan Hale Jr., Scott Thomson, Sudie Bond, Mark Jantzen, Gary Watkins, Mike Bacarella Update Cast


Look for Dom Delouise, Ray Walston, Jeffrey Weissman making a cameo appearance!


It's the 1930's and Johnny Kelly (Keaton) is a kind, happy, good-natured pet-shop owner. He talks to the animals, feeds them regularly, and tries to turn an honest dollar. One day, he catches a kid trying to steal a puppy (caught by the electronic tag Johnny had invented) and the kid is forced to sit and listen to Johnny's tale - a tale of crime, glamour, and adventure.....

Johnny's mother (Stapleton) is a typical irish washerwoman, who also happens to be a hypochondriac. She's always needing money to pay for the treatment she feels she needs and so, while his studious brother Tommy (Dunne) studies law, Johnny goes out to work. He gets caught up with local gang boss Jock Dundee (Boyle) when needing a few extra bucks for his mother. Tagging along on a raid on a rival casino, he manages to snatch the raid from the jaws of failure and turn it into a glorious success. His future is secured - but not as Johnny Kelly, under his new name - Johnny Dangerously!

Time progresses and whilst Johnny makes enemies, such as the slimy Danny Vermin (Piscopo), he also makes friends, especially Lil (Henner) a singer in Dundee's club who is curvier than a very, very curvy thing. Stars, flowers, rainbows, and soon they are married and living in magnificent splendour. Johnny always stays ahead of the law and his family - a task that becomes even harder when brother Tommy becomes District Attourney after turning in his boss in the DA's office (Devito) for fraud and embezzelment. Johnny can't let the family know what he does for a living - it would kill his mother.

When Jock Dundee is nearly killed by a booby-trap bomb in his toilet, Johnny takes over the gang, and tries hard to turn them all legit. But this is not enough for Danny Vermin, who shops Johnny to his brother, the DA and takes over the gang whilst Johnny is sent to death row, framed for murder.

Will Johnny escape in time to foil Danny Vermin's plot to kill Tommy and rule the city by fear? Only watching the end of the movie will tell!

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This movie is one for watching whilst wearing a corset. There are sight gags from start to finish, the strangest situations and incredible dialogue that really should be locked away, never to be quoted again!

It's very much along the lines of the Police Squad/Airplane/Top Secret type of movie and this is helped by some great performances, particularly by Joe Piscopo as the extremely nasty Danny Vermin. Danny DeVito is also very good in a cameo role and look out for Dom DeLuise as the Pope.

Just a laugh a minute, and then some.
You really need to find sight gags funny (fortunately I do!)

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Key Crew

Director: Amy Heckerling
Writer: Harry Colomby, Jeff Harris, Bernie Kukoff, Norman Steinberg
Producers: Bud Austin, Harry Colomby, Michael Hertzberg, Neil A. Machlis
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Release Date: 21 Dec 1984
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Production: 20th Century Fox, Edgewood Productions
Genre: Comedy

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