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Crackers (1984)

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Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner ... See full summary »

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Garvey
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Dillard
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Turtle
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Boardwalk
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Jasmine (as Charlaine Woodard)
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Maria
Irwin Corey ...
Lazzarelli
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Don Fernando
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Slam Dunk
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Artiste
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Mrs. O'Malley
Ed Call ...
Officer Darney (as Edward Call)
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Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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The Comedy that dreams the impossible scheme! [Video Australia]


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One of the film's main movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "Louis Malle. His films have touched the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere, and the critics agree. "One of the most important filmmakers of his generation," says the New York Times. "Malle's movies champion the discreet charm of unconventionality," cheers The Saturday Review. He is the popularly acclaimed director of Pretty Baby (1978) and My Dinner with Andre (1981), and received an Academy Award nomination for his directorial efforts in Atlantic City (1980). Now, Louis Malle serves up a slice of American life, and the laughs are on us. Crackers (1984). The comedy that dreams the American scheme.". See more »

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No deal at Madonna Street!
20 August 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Louis Malle lived in the USA during the last part of his life. If there was anyone with enough talent to bring "Crackers" to the screen, it was him. Unfortunately, sometimes, even with the best intentions, no doubt, a great man produces a film that is well beneath himself. Of course, anyone is entitled to a mistake, but if there was anything wrong with this project it seems to be the Jeffrey Alan Fiskin's screen treatment of the classic Mario Monicelli film "Big Deal at Madonna Street".

The cast Mr. Malle assembled for the film is a first rate one, just by looking at the names in it. Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn, Christine Baranski and the rest have enough experience to show much better than what comes out on the screen.

Let's just remember Mr. Malle for his greatness, and not by this misguided effort.


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