Palookaville (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  25 October 1996 (USA)
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Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Pataki
Ed the Cop
Betty, Jerry's Wife
Bridgit Ryan ...
Laurie, Russell's Girlfriend
Nicole Burdette ...
Robert LuPone ...
Ralph (as Robert Lupone)
Mr. Kott, Money Truck Driver
Walter Bryant ...
Money Truck Driver
Old Man
William Riker ...
Old Arthur


Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which exposes their incompetance as criminals, a fateful event (and an old black-and-white film) convinces them that they can pull off an armored-truck robbery. While they are busy plotting their caper, their dysfunctional families spin out of control, all around them. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

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One foot in the door. The other one in the gutter.


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kleine Gangster, grosse Kohle  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$71,912 (USA) (1 November 1996)


$315,230 (USA) (13 December 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title comes from Marlon Brando's monologue in On the Waterfront (1954) See more »


Russ: The thief gets the benefit of the doubt. Most crooks in this country use cap guns.
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Features Armored Car Robbery (1950) See more »


Lovin' You
Written by Rudolph Riperton and Kimiko Kasai
Courtesy of Dickiebird Music and Publishing Co.
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great movie - GREAT MUSIC!!!
5 December 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

I loved all your critics. This movie deserves a great deal of honors. But I did not only love the film. I also listened to the beautiful music. I have been looking on the web but could not find anything about is. That in fact, I found it very strange, as the main theme came up over and over again, all the time slightly different. Really fantastically done. It supported the plot of the film in a strong way, sometimes sad, then funny and later melodramatic etc. Did anyone else listen too? And have a look at the end titles who made it? I forgot that stupid enough. Hope you can help, waiting for your reply...I guess it would help already to learn the composer, but any additional information would be most welcome too!

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