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Easy Money (1983 film)

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Director  James Signorelli
Initial DVD release  July 18, 2000
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Music director  Laurence Rosenthal
Language  English
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Writer  Dennis Blair, Rodney Dangerfield, P. J. ORourke
Release date  August 19, 1983 (1983-08-19)
Cast  Rodney Dangerfield (Monty Capuletti), Joe Pesci (Nicky Cerone), Geraldine Fitzgerald (Mrs. Monahan), Candice Azzara (Rose Capuletti (as Candy Azzara)), Val Avery (Louie the Bartender), Tom Noonan (Paddy)
Similar movies  Rodney Dangerfield appears in Easy Money and Meet Wally Sparks
Tagline  No cheating! No gambling! No booze! No smoking! No pizza! No nothin'! We are taking all the fun out of life... and putting it into a movie!

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Easy Money is a 1983 American comedy film starring Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Pesci, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Candice Azzara, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was directed by James Signorelli and written by Dangerfield, Michael Endler, P. J. O'Rourke and Dennis Blair. The original music score was composed by Laurence Rosenthal. The theme song "Easy Money" is performed by Billy Joel and was featured on his album An Innocent Man.


Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes


Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes

Montgomery "Monty" Capuletti is a hard-living, heavy-drinking, pot-smoking, gambling family man who makes his living as a baby photographer in New Dorp, Staten Island. He loves his wife Rose but has a very tense relationship with his wealthy, snobbish mother-in-law, Mrs. Monahan, who runs a successful department store chain and hates the way Monty acts and lives. There is an added ethnic rivalry between Monty and his wife's family, as he is Italian and they are Irish.

Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes

The irresponsible Monty cannot even pick up a wedding cake for his engaged daughter Allison without fouling up. He and his best friend Nicholas 'Nicky' Cerone are smoking marijuana while driving, and an accident destroys the cake.

Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes

After Mrs. Monahan dies unexpectedly, his family is in for an inheritance. Attorney Scrappleton reveals that Mrs. Monahan left a stipulation in her will that if Monty is able to curb his vices for a year by going on a diet and giving up drugs and gambling, he will receive $10 million. If not, the family gets nothing. Allison's wedding to the peculiar Julio goes off without a hitch, at least until the wedding night. The guys Monty would drink and gamble with are also interested in whether or not Monty can really give up everything and bet whether or not he will make it.

Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes

Monty and Nicky go to the mother-in-law's department store and find awkward fashions and catering to a clientele which clearly do not include the likes of Nicky and Monty. Nicky argues that it may not be worth it to Monty if this is the kind of atmosphere he will be exposed to, but Monty points out he must tough it out to provide for his wife and daughters, not just him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Monahan's scheming right-hand man Clive Barlow does his best to undermine Monty's resolve so the money and department store can instead be left to him.

Easy Money (1983 film) movie scenes

Monty ultimately reforms. When the entire year is up, he and the family celebrate aboard a boat. To his chagrin though, Mrs. Monahan turns up. She had faked her own death simply to persuade her slovenly son-in-law to straighten up. Ultimately though, she gives the money to Monty on the basis he upheld her stipulation. Now rich, Monty and his family live in a mansion. However, Monty hints the "clean living" clause has just expired as he kisses his mother-in-law good night and fakes heading to bed. Monty proceeds to a hideaway to join Nicky and his friends for pizza, poker, and beer.

Box office

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Easy Money opened theatrically on August 19, 1983 and earned $5,844,974 in its opening weekend, ranking number one at the domestic box office, toppling the prior three-week #1 run of National Lampoon's Vacation. By the end of its run, the film grossed $29,309,766.

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 56% approval rating based on nine reviews.


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