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Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  6 March 1992 (USA)
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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:
Marilyn Schwary
Julian Peters
Elena Morosco
Inspector Bonnard
Alfonso de la Pena
Roberto Sbaratto ...
Detective Toussaint
Hercules Popodopoulos
Ann Way ...
Geoffrey Andrews ...
Caterina Boratto ...
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 <>

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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6 March 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Criminals  »

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$8,700,000 (USA)

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it's just silly entertainment, but it's actually quite good
6 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I admit that "Once Upon a Crime" probably will not add anything to the cinematic landscape in the near future. But it's so funny. Set in Monaco, a group of unacquainted tourists (among them John Candy, Jim Belushi and Cybill Shephard) get involved in a murder plot, the answer to which may or may not be closer than they think.

If absolutely nothing else, this movie will prove that Monaco is like Las Vegas, only much more desirable in every way. And John Candy is his usual goofy self, Jim Belushi and Cybill Shephard are at each other's heels constantly, and Giancarlo Giannini plays the police chief. More or less, the whole movie is "Murder on the Orient Express" set in Monaco. I should remind you that unless you tolerate the kind of off-the-wall humor that dominated movies throughout the '80's and early '90's, you won't like "Once Upon a Crime" one bit. Otherwise, you'll have a great time.

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