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Disorganized Crime (1989)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  14 April 1989 (USA)
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Career criminal Frank plans a bank heist and sends for his buddies to help pull the job. Before his buddies arrive, he's caught, forcing his cohorts to pull the job alone. Frank soon escapes, setting off a search by the bumbling cops.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Henault
Frank Salazar
Carlos Barrios
Max Green
George Denver
Ray Forgy
Bill Lonigan
Nick Bartkowski
Marie Butler ...
Wanda Brem (as Marie Butler Kouf)
Gregory Wurster ...
Deputy Greg
Deputy Monroe
Deputy Larry
Deputy Joe
Thomas Schellenberg ...
Deputy Jim
Robert K. Feldmann ...
Dispatcher (as Robert Feldmann)


This movie places some top thiefs, looking to steal money from a bank. The All-Star cast has many blunders on the way. Meanwhile a member of their group is missing and two cops chase after him. Written by <>

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Five crooks without a plan are out to rob one bank with lots of cash. So what's the hold-up? See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Message from Salazar  »

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$7,723,506 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In the scene where Lou Diamond Philips is being dragged under the car, Philips actually did the stunt himself. He stated in an interview he had marks on his back for months after filming was complete. See more »


The car driven by detectives Denver, and Lonigan is referred to as a "White Chrysler" by Denver, however in every scene it is seen to be a Ford Crown Victoria. See more »


Max Green: Any of you got toothpaste.
Nick Bartkowski: Yes.I got some fucking toothpaste!
Ray Forgy: What's his problem.
Carlos Barrios: I don't know.I think he wanted to kill me.
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A highly enjoyable parody of the typical bank robbery plot
6 February 1999 | by (Rheine, Germany) – See all my reviews

Why do I like DISORGANIZED CRIME so much? Why do I chuckle or laugh out loud any time I think of a dozen or more scenes from this movie? It's kind of hard to explain, but I'll give it a try. First of all, it's very funny indeed - in contrast to what lots of "official" reviews want you to believe. But then again, that depends entirely on your sense of humour, so there is no sense in arguing about that. Often the humour is in the dialogue, and often it is situational comedy. There is for instance this very hilarious scene in which the 4 gang members have been given a lift in the back of a truck. When the farmer drops them, they just stand there by the road, covered all over with cow s*** or whatever. They are totally unnerved; then, realizing the humour of the scene, they one by one start laughing about themselves, and Ruben Blades (as Carlos), looking (and certainly smelling) terrible, nonchalantly takes out some mouth spray to at least do something about his breath (simply describing the scene here makes me chuckle again!). Which leads to the second point: the acting. Fred Gwynne, Lou Diamond Phillips, William Russ, Ruben Blades and Corbin Bernsen (okay, the latter overdoes it a bit at times) all fit and play their parts beautifully - in fact, you get the feeling they must have been enjoying themselves too when shooting the film. Thirdly, there is the plot . Jim Kouf, the director and screenwriter, is very laid-back; he takes his time to let the plot unfold and have the individual characters establish themselves. More often than not, there is no real action, and yet you enjoy these 4 very different people - who attempt to rob a bank although their boss (Bernsen) does not seem to turn up - grumble about each other and even-tually, grudgingly, like each other. The movie is a fantastic parody of the typical bank robbery plot - totally impossible with all its twists and coincidences, yet utterly convincing in its love for ironic details. Incidentally, the title of the film is one of the best I have ever come across, because it per-fectly summarizes the plot in a very ironic way. Therefore, take my advice: watch this film, but if you don't chuckle, grin or smile during the first 10 minutes, forget it - it's not your type of film. PS. The only negative thing about this movie is that there seems to be no way to get hold of the screenplay - if you happen to know how, do tell me.

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