THE DUKES Add To My Top 10
Funny Mishaps and Melody
Release Date: December 31, 2008
Starring: Robert Davi, Chazz Palminteri, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank D’Amico, Elya Baskin, Miriam Margolyes, Melora Hardin, Bruce Wietz, Eloise DeJoria, Joe Campanella, Alphonse Mouzon, and Dominic Scott Kay
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 96 minutes
Distributor: CAVU Pictures
Director: Robert Davi
Executive Producer: None
Writer: Robert Davi and James Andronica
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Former band leader of The Dukes, Danny DePasquale, and his partner George Zucco, both struggling with their financial obligations, have taken jobs in their feisty Aunt Vee’s Italian restaurant. Not only is Danny divorced from a wife who has a rich boyfriend, but he can’t even afford to help pay for a dentist to fix his beloved son’s teeth. George, who seems to have a certain penchant for larger women, is always scheming with Danny for quick-fix ideas that will make them rich.
Their two closest friends, Armond and Murph, find themselves in hardly better situations. Armond, a stand-up comedian who used to open for The Dukes is now a diabetic confined to a wheelchair, while Murph was fired from his job as an airline mechanic for smoking too much marijuana.
Through a series of happenstances, these four friends make a final desperate attempt to rob a local dentist’s office of its cavity-filling gold. Of course, nothing goes quite as planned, and the men find themselves having to make their dreams come true through hard work and sheer tenacity.
The overall production quality of THE DUKES is good, with some realistic camera work that makes audiences feel like they are watching a well-made home movie at times. This camera style is characteristic of independent filmmakers. The overall writing is entertaining with many clever lines thrown out by the main characters, but the story as a whole lacks enough historical background to really help audiences understand the characters fully and their deep connections to one another. Despite this, the actors do a commendable job of portraying their characters and making the story believable.
THE DUKES has many funny moments extolling virtues of friendship, love, sacrifice, and perseverance in the midst of absurd obstacles, but there are some elements that demand caution. First, it is implied that George likes to have one night stands, especially with plus-size women. Also, the main characters try to steal as a means of accomplishing their goals. This is somewhat rebuked by their failure, but not by the main characters themselves. Finally, the movie contains a couple light drug references to marijuana where the character of Murph is stoned during the robbery. This is played for laughs, but it should not be condoned.
The production quality in THE DUKES is good, with some realistic camera work that makes viewers feel like they are watching a well-made home movie. The overall writing is entertaining with many clever lines by the characters, but the story lacks enough background to help viewers fully understand the characters. Despite this, the actors do a good job. The movie has many funny moments extolling the virtues of friendship, love, sacrifice, and perseverance in the midst of absurd obstacles, but the movie’s minor sexual content, stealing, and light drug references require extreme caution.