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Johnny Dangerously (1984)




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This spoof of the 1930s and '40s crime stories ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime as it tells the story of Johnny Dangerously (Byron Thames as the young Johnny, Michael Keaton as the older), a devoted son to his ailing mother (Maureen Stapleton), so ill that she needs money for several operations. Johnny has nowhere to turn, and because gangsters tend to flourish in his neighborhood he goes to work for Dundee, a benevolent godfather-gangster type, in order to cover his mother's medical bills. Johnny hides his association with Dundee from his younger brother Tommy (Griffin Dunne) and goes so far as to pay for Tommy's law school fees -- supporting him until Tommy joins the staff of the local (and corrupt) district attorney's office for Burr (Danny DeVito). When Johnny starts working for Dundee, he clashes with the evil Vermin (Joe Piscopo) right from the beginning, but things only get worse. After Dundee decides to retire, Johnny ascends to the helm, and it does not look like Vermin is going to take that sitting down.


Michael Keaton
as Johnny Kelly/Johnny Dangerously
Joe Piscopo
as Danny Vermin
Dom DeLuise
as The Pope
Byron Thames
as Young Johnny
Alan Hale Jr.
as Desk Sergeant
Sudie Bond
as Cleaning Woman
Leonard Termo
as Tony Scarano
Alexander Herzberg
as Boy in Suit
Georg Olden
as Young Vermin
Cynthia Szigeti
as Mrs. Capone
Elizabeth Arlen
as Girl on Steps
Mike Finneran
as Prisoner
Troy W. Slaten
as Young Tommy
Paul B. Price
as Prisoner
Norman Steinberg
as Reporter Duffy
Frank Slaten
as Henchman
Dean R. Miller
as Photographer
Neal Israel
as Dr. Zillman
Jerome Michaels
as Reporter Diering
Dean Miller
as Photographer
Jack Nance
as Priest
Michael Joy
as Chorus Girl
Carl Gottlieb
as Dr. Magnus
Paula Dell
as Mrs. Zimmer
Harvey Parry
as Policeman
Jeffrey Weissman
as T-Shirt Vendor
Richard A. Roth
as Prisoner Rabbi
Chuck Hicks
as Governor
Dick Balduzzi
as Prisoner
Will Seltzer
as Prisoner
Hal Riddle
as Warden
Trisha Long
as Female Butler
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Dangerously

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

The great shame is that this mess belongs to director Amy Heckerling, whose gentle touch made "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" so much more than a teen sex comedy.

January 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The opening scenes of Johnny Dangerously are so funny you just don't see how they can keep it up. And you're right: They can't. But they make a real try.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Keaton in starring role helps, but overall average laughs.

March 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

Good spoof of The Roaring Twenties

August 13, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Sorta funny for a while, but it runs out of ammo long before it's over

October 2, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

I know I shouldn't like this film, but dammit, it's just so gloriously exuberantly silly that there's no use condemning it.

April 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Johnny Dangerously

So funny and entertaining, I really enjoyed it, even if some parts were a little too ridiculous. Most of the time this is a very cool movie. It is a spoof of 30s-40s gangster and film noir movies. If you like those movies, check this out.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

This pastiche of old school gangster films has a couple of funny moments, but spread over 90 minutes it soon wears out it's welcome.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The Indian mobster was hilarious!

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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