The Wrong Guys (1988) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Brion James||-||Glen Grunski|
|Biff Manard||-||Mark Grunski|
|John Goodman||-||Duke Earle|
|Timothy Van Patten||-||J.T.|
|Bunny Summers||-||Louie's Mom|
|Carole White||-||Ginger Grunski (as Carol Ita White)|
|Garth Winsome||-||Marsha Grunski|
|Dion Zamora||-||Kid Louie|
|Joshua Horowitz||-||Kid Richard|
All five of this film's lead actors (Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Franklyn Ajaye, and Tim Thomerson) have backgrounds in stand-up comedy, and this film was largely an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of televised stand-up in the mid-to-late 1980s and the relative fame of these comics.
Brigid Brannagh's film debut.
A poster for the Rocketeer appears in Louie's room in the opening credits. The Rocketeer was created in 1982 as a throwback to the Saturday morning serial heroes of the '30s - '50s. While anachronistic for a room preserved since the early '60s, writers Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo had been working to bring the comic to the big screen since 1985 and would go on to co-write Le avventure di Rocketeer (1991).
Both Josh Saviano and Jonathan Brandis play characters in the flashbacks here, and would later become well known for playing adolescents in flashbacks for programs that aired on ABC, with The Wonder Years (1988) and It (1990), respectively.
Much like in I guerrieri della palude silenziosa (1981), Brion James plays a character stalking a group of people through the wilderness.
Of the cast, Tim Thomerson, Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, and Biff Manard all appear in Alien - Zona di guerra (1985), the earlier film from the writing/directing team of Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo.
Bunny Summers played the mother of Louie Anderson once before, in Balki e Larry - Due perfetti americani: Unaired Pilot, before Anderson was re-cast with Mark Linn-Baker when Balki e Larry - Due perfetti americani (1986) went to series.
John Goodman also played an escaped convict the year before, in Arizona Junior (1987).
Franklyn Ajaye's 2002 book, Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-Up Comedy, features interviews with three of his co-stars here, Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Richard Belzer.
According to Louie Anderson, Sam Kinison was originally intended to play the role of the villain Duke Earle, who ended up being played by John Goodman.
Writer/director Danny Bilson has said this was inspired in part by his childhood experience of scouting with the themes of family and friendship as an emotional center of the film coming from the stand-up of Louie Anderson.
When the Pancake House cashier, played by Zoaunne LeRoy, says "everybody's a comedian," it could have been an inside joke about this production. In addition to the five leads, Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Franklyn Ajaye, and Tim Thomerson, at least four supporting actors had professional stand up comedy experience too: Biff Manard, Cynthia Szigeti, Lenny Clarke, and Rita Rudner.
The Scoutmaster is played by Jimmy Weldon, a man well known in the California area for hosting a children's program in the '50s and '60s featuring Webster Webfoot, a duck voiced by Weldon, who was mostly presented in a Webelos scout uniform.