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Disorganized Crime (1989)

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

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

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 <Lemiar28@AOL.com>

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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 »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Message from Salazar  »

Box Office

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$7,723,506 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Lou Diamond Phillips 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 »

Goofs

When Max is in the backseat of the car telling Carlos and Ray about the $5000.00 bail, he says it was for "grand theft on the car... Frank must have stolen it", but earlier, when Carlos returns from chasing Nick and tells Max and Ray he found the car, Ray says "He totaled my car?"...so it was Ray's car, not one that Frank stole. See more »

Quotes

Carlos Barrios: Only $600 dollars, not enough.
Max Green: We need another $900.
Carlos Barrios: Why don't we just take out a loan?
Max Green: We can hit one more.
Carlos Barrios: Are you out of your mind? We're going to get nailed.
Max Green: This isn't Miami, you know. Every cop they have'll be swarming over that market. If we hit another right now they won't be ready.
Carlos Barrios: They won't be ready? I'm not ready! I haven't done this since I was 17!
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Featured in Biography: Fred Gwynne: More Than a Munster (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Eyes, White Whiskey, Blue Heart
Written by Jim Stowell
Performed by Jim Stowell, Mark Terry & Jim Shields
Produced by Jim Stowell & Mark Terry
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A Comic Caper
9 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Corbin Bernsen's sent letters to four criminal associates he's worked with in the past and it's a real intergenerational mix with Fred Gwynne, Lou Diamond Phillips, William Russ, and Ruben Blades. They're to meet him in this obscure Montana town and he doesn't explain why because he's then picked up by out of state police from New Jersey on a warrant.

Of the criminal group that's been gathered together, they all know Bernsen, but don't know each other. A lot of comedy involved is them feeling each other out. As the oldest Gwynne though denying it kind of takes charge with the others grumbling, but going along. Especially when they figure out what Bernsen had in mind.

As for Bernsen, he's got the good fortune to be picked up by a pair of bumblers in Ed O'Neill and Daniel Roebuck. He gets the drop on O'Neill and escapes.

After that it's the four criminals trying to finish what Bernsen started and Bernsen getting away the police. In the intricately plotted screenplay, it's fascinating how both story lines keep intertwining with each other. Hoyt Axton as the local sheriff watches in amazement at what unfolds in his town.

Disorganized Crime is a fabulously funny caper film by a bunch of players who seem mostly to have had a background in television or would soon. I can't say that anyone stood out in the cast they also seem to click so well together.

Ironically none of these people are comedians per se, but they all exhibit a light comic touch that good directing brought out.

Disorganized Crime is one very funny caper movie, the kind of film that well known pessimist Mr. Murphy would have written.


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