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(1984)

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This remake of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was made and released about twenty-six years after that movie debuted. "Big Deal on Madonna Street" is also known as "Pigeon" (France) and "Persons Unknown" (UK).
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The film was entered for competition at the 34th Berlin Film Festival in 1984.
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The 1998 Australian comedy Crackers (1998) is not a remake of this comic film.
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Second of four collaborations of actor Wallace Shawn and director Louis Malle. The others were Atlantic City (1980), My Dinner with Andre (1981) and Vanya on 42nd Street (1994).
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The source Italian film "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was set in 1950s Italy whereas this remake's setting was updated to the then present day 1980s San Francisco, California, USA.
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"Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)), which this film is a remake of, was also the inspiration for the 1986 Broadway Musical "Big Deal" by Bob Fosse. Fosse was also inspired by other classic Italian films for his musical repertoire including Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria (1957) and (1963), the basis for Sweet Charity (1969), and _Nine_ respectively, as well as Woody Allen's Stardust Memories (1980).
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This movie was the first remake of Mario Monicelli's "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)). The second would be Welcome to Collinwood (2002). Both American movies, that remake was set in Cleveland, Ohio, whereas this remake was set in San Francisco, California. The two remakes were made around eighteen years apart.
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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.".
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One of two 1984 films starring Donald Sutherland. The other was Ordeal by Innocence (1984).
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One of two 1984 films starring Sean Penn. The other was Racing with the Moon (1984).
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Sean Penn co-stars in this remake of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)). Penn was once married to Madonna between 1985-1989 which was just after this film was made and released.
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