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  (in credits order)

Donald Sutherland ... Weslake

Jack Warden ... Garvey

Sean Penn ... Dillard

Wallace Shawn ... Turtle
Larry Riley ... Boardwalk

Trinidad Silva ... Ramon

Christine Baranski ... Maxine

Charlayne Woodard ... Jasmine (as Charlaine Woodard)
Tasia Valenza ... Maria

Irwin Corey ... Lazzarelli

Edouard DeSoto ... Don Fernando

Anna Maria Horsford ... Slam Dunk

Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Artiste

Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. O'Malley
Ed Call ... Officer Darney (as Edward Call)

Joseph Hindy ... Officer Ronnie
Charles Bouvier ... Cable Man
Dick Bright ... Guy
Paul Drake ... Guy
Ed Corbett ... Kurnitz
James Edward Bryan ... Tyrone
Darryl Henriques ... Irate Motorist
Joe Bellan ... Immigration Officer
Gary Ross ... Immigration Officer
Maria Alcorcha ... Mama
Sally Schaub ... Cosmetic Lady
Elba Montes ... Market Woman
Raymond Rios ... Painter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Richard Bryan ... Tyrone

Jeffrey Weissman ... Backstage Dancer
Gary Guidinger ... La Migra (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis Malle 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay) (as Jeffrey Fiskin)

Produced by
Robert Cortes .... producer
Edward Lewis .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
Cinematography by
László Kovács 
Film Editing by
Suzanne Baron 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Michael Chinich (uncredited)
Production Design by
John J. Lloyd 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
Makeup Department
Jeff Angell .... makeup artist
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
Production Management
Teri Schwartz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Cosgrove .... second assistant director: San Francisco
Carol Green .... second assistant director
James Quinn .... first assistant director
Art Department
Emily Ferry .... property master
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director
Bob Nohles .... construction foreman
Arthur Smedley .... lead man
Craig Binkley .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Jim Callan .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Matthew Knox .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Milton Wilson .... swing (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ruth Blakeslee .... sound editor
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Rick Dior .... re-recording mixer (as Richard Dior)
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer
Robert L. Hoyt .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Hoyt)
Marty Levenstein .... associate sound editor (as Martin Levenstein)
David M. Ronne .... sound mixer (as David Ronne)
John B. Schuyler .... boom operator (as John Schuyler)
Gail Showalter .... sound editor
Ron Kalish .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects technician
Larry Roberts .... special effects
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Daniel C. Gold .... second assistant camera
O.T. Henderson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Frank James .... assistant chief set lighting technician
David Katz .... vtr operator
Leonard Lookabaugh .... key grip (as Len Lookabaugh)
Morgan Renard .... still photographer
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Joseph E. Thibo .... assistant camera (as Joe Thibo)
Ralph Barone .... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Barone .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
John Donnelly .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Steve Greaves .... grip (uncredited)
Frank James .... electrical best boy (uncredited)
Manuel Jiménez .... grip (uncredited)
Larry Keys .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Kleinschmidt .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Pelkey .... electrician: San Francisco (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jackie Burch .... additional casting (as Jackie McNamara)
David Gonzales .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Dugan .... costumer: women
Hugo Peña .... costume supervisor
Bob Watts .... costumer
Editorial Department
Carolyn H. Abe .... assistant editor: West Coast
Gina Bella .... assistant editor
James Bruce .... assistant editor
Matthew Gaddis .... assistant editor
Mateel Hoppe .... first assistant editor
Wally Weber .... negative cutter
Neil Brewer .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
John Lehane .... location contact: San Francisco
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (as Dan Allan Carlin)
Mickey Crofford .... music recordist
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Allen Pettigrew .... transportation co-captain: San Francisco
Doug Wilson .... transportation captain (as Bob Wilson)
Richard Austin .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Ron Bayless .... transportation (uncredited)
Jesse Jimenez .... transportation (uncredited)
Frank Montagna .... transportation (uncredited)
Larry Peterson .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
James Bruce .... assistant: Louis Malle
Martha Estrella .... cultural liaison: San Francisco
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Paula Herold .... assistant: Juliet Taylor
Vic Heutschy .... unit publicist
Judy Kayser .... production secretary
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor
Elba Montes .... community liaison: San Francisco
Steve Ferguson .... technical advisor: guitars (uncredited)
Gary Gero .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Charlesetta Johnson .... assistant: Robert Cortes (uncredited)
Doralee Leon .... assistant: Edward Lewis (uncredited)
Willie Radcliff .... craft service (uncredited)

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91 min
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as its reputation suggests, but with that cast and director..., 4 October 2004
Author: carnivalofsouls from Australia

"Crackers" falls into that category of films that have failed quite inexplicably - helmed by a great director, starring a cast of assured veterans (Sutherland, Warden) and talented newcomers (Penn, Baranksi) and written by the screenwriter of one of the best films of the eighties ("Cutter's Way"). Then why is it that no one talks about the film anymore? Firstly, the film has been made far more successfully on two other occasions in the guise of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" and then recently "Welcome To Collinwood". Secondly, Malle must have been going through an eighties dance music phase when he made the film because it is effectively ruined by an utterly dated and abysmal soundtrack - with a proper film score it would have been a far better film. Lastly, Sutherland gives what is probably his most broad and embarrassingly unfunny performance in the lead, subsequently hindering any sympathy for his character. There are other qualms (what exactly is the purpose of Baranski's character, lets throw in a slut for some wacky comedy?) but it is nevertheless still quite watchable. Shawn, who would collaborate with Malle on the acclaimed films "My Dinner With Andre" and "Vanya on 42nd Street", is very funny as the forever-eating Turtle and Penn is amusing in a dumb hood role he would practically resume for "We're No Angels", another film with a great director, writer and cast that would be a critical and commercial failure. No film made by Malle could be truly bad, and this isn't, but it is neither as quirky or funny as it wants to be.

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