The Dukes
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Actor Robert Davi steps behind the camera to direct himself, Chazz Palminteri, and Peter Bogdanovich in The Dukes. The title comes from the name of a doo-wop act that at one time had the most popular song in the country. Decades later, the group desperate for cash, the musicians decide to work together to pull off an ill-conceived heist. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Davi, who has the kind of handsomely weathered face that has spent a lot of time gazing into the sun, clearly poured his heart into this movie, and it shows."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Here's the little movie that could, a potent directing debut for actor Robert Davi."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A meager, low-key dramedy."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Between the performances and the nice visual style, the whole feels greater than the sum of its plot points."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A heist comedy with showbiz savvy oozing from its pores."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"The sweetness grows cloying by the end, but perhaps that's fitting for a film that's so clearly a labor of love."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The old-fashioned story is aided by surprisingly smooth direction, as well as likable performances from Davi himself, Chazz Palmintieri, and a perfectly cast Peter Bogdanovich."
‑ , New York Magazine/Vulture
"As light as a feather and about as memorable, The Dukes is a pet project all the way, just a lark for Davi and his buddies to star in and screen for one another like a home movie."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"Although it would be great to see Chazz Palminteri break out of the usual tough guy roles and Robert Davi break through into a successful career of writing and directing, this is not the film that does either. Decent viewing for the family but neither th"
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Retro comedy about doo-wop singers hoping for one last score has great harmony, but lacks a catchy beat."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"The Dukes may be hard to find on the big screen, but it's worth keeping an eye out for once it reaches DVD."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Jokes about a matron at an Italian restaurant and a guy with a thing for fat chicks only take you so far."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"A lot of love was clearly poured into this project; too bad the results were only so-so."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Essentially a vanity project, a budget Ocean's 11 for Davi and his pals to sing some doo-wop tunes and ham it up."
‑ Edward Douglas,
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