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Joe Pesci is a small man looking for a big break. Owner of a bowling alley and nightclub in Jersey, Ruby Dennis (Pesci) sets his sites on making it big in Vegas. But Ruby finds more than he... See full summary »
The role of "Ben" was portrayed by actor Ben Dova. "Ben Dova" was the stage name for actor, comedian and acrobat Joseph Spah. Spah was a survivor of the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. He was not only a survivor, but a person of interest. During the flight, he was granted access to the interior of the airship, off-limits to passengers so he could feed and walk his dog who was kept in the cargo area. Because of this, he was heavily investigated after the disaster, but eventually exonerated. In every documentary, movie, and literature about the Hindenburg, Joseph Spah is prominently featured.
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The original German cut ran 116 minutes. The American video versions run approximately 112 minutes (as a result of an anonymous videocassette company heavily abridging and replacing the original German-language opening and closing credits in 1992, as we will observe that cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has no credit in this version). However, when it premiered in New York theaters in the United States in 1983, it premiered at 103 minutes. The various "budget" video releases, however, restore most of the missing material.
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