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Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward. Discovering the dog's owner dead, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Schwary (as James Belushi)
Marilyn Schwary
Julian Peters
Elena Morosco
Inspector Bonnard
Alfonso de la Pena
Roberto Sbaratto ...
Detective Toussaint
Hercules Popodopoulos
Ann Way ...
Geoffrey Andrews ...
Madame de Senneville
Carla the Agent
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ...
Customs Officer


Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward. Discovering the dog's owner dead, they panic and become fugitives. Other victims of misfortune also become suspects, as the plot twists and luck and judgment desert everyone. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Criminals  »

Box Office


$8,700,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Eugene Levy: as the casino cashier. See more »


Marilyn Schwary: Two thousand francs?
Hercules Popodopoulos: I'm sorry, is the amount not adequate?
Marilyn Schwary: What, are you planning on bringing friends? Listen mister, maybe this is what hookers look like in Greece, but I'm no hooker, I'm a housewife. We do it for free!
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Certainly above par!
6 November 2003 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I came across this comedy on channel TV during my usual zapping exercises. I'm too old, have seen too much, know too many movies by heart... Something caught my attention, and that was well before Sybill Sheperd put on her 'old' black dressing gown. I stayed on until the film ended, and liked it a lot.

Know what? A few days ago I was doing my zapping again, and came across a title, Once Upon a Crime, just as film credits were rolling. I thought it was a funny title, and stayed to see it what it was about. Soon I was laughing, then I discovered it was the same entertaining comedy, and stayed on until the film ended, and liked it more.

Believe me: if this comedy makes me laugh out loud three times in a second viewing, barely two months from the first, it's because it is decidedly good.

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