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Private Defectives (1986)

Detective School Dropouts (original title)
Two bumbling private detectives get themselves hired to find a missing person. They find themselves in the middle of a mob war when it turns out that the missing person is somebody the mob wants to stay missing.

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Filippo Ottoni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Landsberg ... Donald Wilson
Lorin Dreyfuss Lorin Dreyfuss ... Paul Miller
Christian De Sica ... Carlo Lombardi
George Eastman ... Bruno Falcone
Ennio Antonelli Ennio Antonelli ... Little Ricky
Valeria Golino ... Caterina
Mario Brega ... Don Lombardi
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Don Falcone
Rik Battaglia ... Don Zanetti
Franco Angrisano Franco Angrisano ... Uncle Baba
Giancarlo Prete ... Mario Zanetti
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Fredo
Lewis E. Ciannelli Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Embassy Official (as Lewis Ciannelli)
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Mr. Hamelfarm
Andrea Coppola Andrea Coppola ... Airport Official
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Storyline

Two bumbling private detectives get themselves hired to find a missing person. They find themselves in the middle of a mob war when it turns out that the missing person is somebody the mob wants to stay missing.

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Plot Keywords:

kidnapping | independent film | See All (2) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1987 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Defectives See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$22,123
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Obvious stunt doubles for Paul and Catherina when they jump their ski boat over a barge in the river. See more »

Quotes

Donald Wilson: [Donald enters the office] Hi!
Carlotta: Up yours!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits feature scenes from the movie, some with alternate shots. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the profanity and some obscene sight gags are cut from the TV version, including the shot of the nude woman in the woods during the car chase. Also, there is looping rumbling sounds when Bruno's car gets stuck in a narrow alleyway before a scaffolding collapses onto it. See more »

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Slapstick fun

I worked with Loren and David in their next movie "Dutch Treat". This movie actually has a better overall quality than Dutch Treat. About the only action as far as chase scenes in Dutch, was the two idiots on a tandem bicycle running from a bunch of guys, one armed with a meat cleaver. Detective has many automotive chase scenes around Italy. Great shots of old Rome and Pisa.

I traded a DVD of Dutch Treat for a DVD of this one and think I did okay.

I recommend Detective School Dropouts. Good clean fun with lots of mayhem and maiming. One hell of a better ending than Dutch Treat, too.


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