DVD 90 mins IMDB 5.7 (3,126 votes)
Johnny Dangerously
20th Century Fox (1984)
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Comedy, Crime
USA  /  English

Michael Keaton Johnny Kelly (AKA Johnny Dangerously)
Joe Piscopo Danny Vermin
Marilu Henner Lil
Maureen Stapleton Ma Kelly
Peter Boyle Jocko Dundee
Griffin Dunne Tommy Kelly
Glynnis O'Connor Sally
Dom DeLuise The Pope
Richard Dimitri Roman Troy Moronie
Danny DeVito Burr
Byron Thames Young Johnny
Ron Carey Pat
Ray Walston Vendor
Dick Butkus Arthur
Alan Hale Jr. Desk Sergeant

Director Amy Heckerling
Producer Michael Hertzberg
Writer Harry Colomby; Jeff Harris; Bernie Kukoff; Norman Steinberg
Cinematography David M. Walsh
Musician John Morris; 'Weird Al' Yankovic
User Credit 1 Pembroke J. Herring
User Credit 2 Patricia Norris

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. — Eleanor Mannikka

Edition Details
Barcode 024543045878
Region Region 1
Chapters 32
Release Date 9/2/2003
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Organized crime has never been so disorganized!
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Trivia: The newspaper photo of D.A. Burr, who is played by Danny DeVito, is actually one of DeVito's character Louie DePalma from the T.V. show "Taxi" (1978). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Before the explosion in Dundee's bathroom, the parrot is shown on the left side of the perch. In the next shot showing the parrot flapping its wings in reaction to the explosion, the parrot is on the far right side of the perch. (more)

Johnny Dangerously: I never should have picked a name like that. A name like that you gotta live up to. What's your last name?
Hood: Binderhoff.
Johnny Dangerously: Binderhoff? Perfect. Keep that name and you'll stay out of trouble.