Dirty WorkJune 12, 1998
A loser finds success in the revenge-for-hire business.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 6.2/10 (13,553 voted)
Stars: Norm MacDonald, Artie Lange, Jack Warden
Mitch and Sam have to come up with $50,000 and fast! The only problem is neither one can hold down a job. Mitch finds a way to money by exploiting the only talents the two have, by opening a "Revenge For Hire" business.
Writers: Frank Sebastiano, Norm MacDonald
Mitch (at 8 Years Old)
Mitch (at 16 Years Old)
Sam (at 8 Years Old)
Sam – at 16 Years Old
(as Austin John Pool)
A. Frank Ruffo
Derek (at 10 Years Old)
Revenge is sweet (and surprisingly affordable)
Release Date: 12 June 1998
Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $3,634,236
(14 June 1998)
(2 August 1998)
Did You Know?
Chris Farley's last film
When Mitch and Sam play back their messages, there is a message from Hamilton making fun of Sam's weight in the commercial. Sam wasn't actually in the commercial; he was behind the camera using key remotes to open the car trunks.
Hand over the milk money, Weaver.
I'm afraid I can't do that, Derek. I'm just not sure you'll spend it on milk.
Now They've Made Revenge Funny
None of the three young stars of this film – Norm MacDonald, Artie
Lange or Traylor Howard – ever became movie stars but they combined to
make this a funny film, albeit what I call a lame-brain (somewhat
low-class but effective humor) one.
This is not an untypical comedy of today: tons of sleazy jokes,
sightgags, a lightweight romance story, a generally stupid story and a
happy ending…..yet this one was far more appealing than most I've
seen. Although the language could be worse, why this isn't rated "R" is
beyond me. It is not for teens but I'll bet many of them watched and
enjoyed this, as well as older people like me.
MacDonald is a very likable guy in the lead. He just has a friendly
face and demeanor about him. He makes the film. Lange was a bit loud.
I'm glad the film wasn't longer because Lange's constant shouting
begins to become grating. As for Traylor, she acted well and was a
pretty face. After watching this twice, I wondered why she never made
it, but at least she has now found TV fame as the new partner of the
hit TV series, "Monk."
Two veterans actors in here – Jack Warden and Chevy Chase – play
irreverent sleazy roles, something they certainly have done
before…..and do well. Warden is brutal as the ultimate dirty old man
and Chase is as smug as always. Don Rickles makes a short appearances
as his normal obnoxious character and John Goodman makes a cameo near
The main story of this movie is a familiar one: revenge, but this time
it is played strictly for laughs, and there are plenty. The movie shows
revenge isn't just sweet, it can funny. What can you say? The movie is
crude, it's sentimental, and it's a fun 82 minutes.