Detective School Dropouts

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Detective School Dropouts
Out-of-print 1986 VHS video cover.
Directed byFilippo Ottoni
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Written byDavid Landsberg
Lorin Dreyfuss
StarringDavid Landsberg
Lorin Dreyfuss
Valeria Golino
Release date
  • August 8, 1986 (1986-08-08) (USA)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States/Italy
Box office$22,123[1]

Detective School Dropouts is a 1986 action-comedy co-starring and written by David Landsberg and Lorin Dreyfuss for The Cannon Group.


Two bumbling private detectives get themselves hired to find a missing person. They quickly find themselves in the middle of a mob war that takes place between New York City and Rome, when it turns out that the missing person is somebody the mob wants to stay missing.



The film was not successful at the box office, but subsequently gained cult film status. It is noted for its low-budget production values, cheesy '80's synth soundtrack, and being the only film released from the Cannon Group to have lost money at the box office.[citation needed] However, it is also representative of '80 culture at the time when slapstick briefly resurfaced in popularity with American audiences.[citation needed]

"Detective School Drop Outs" was released on DVD from MGM in October 2011.[citation needed]


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