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Palookaville (1995)

 -  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

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Russell Pataki
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Jerry
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Ed the Cop
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Betty, Jerry's Wife
Bridgit Ryan ...
Enid
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Laurie, Russell's Girlfriend
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Mother
Nicole Burdette ...
Chris
Robert LuPone ...
Ralph (as Robert Lupone)
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Mr. Kott, Money Truck Driver
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June
Walter Bryant ...
Money Truck Driver
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Old Man
William Riker ...
Old Arthur
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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 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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Palookaville  »

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

Gross:

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

Loosely based on Italo Calvino's short stories "Theft in a Cake Shop", "Desire in November", and "Transit Bed". See more »

Quotes

Russ: The thief gets the benefit of the doubt. Most crooks in this country use cap guns.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Morning After
Written by Earl Forest & Robert Talle
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
Used by permission
Performed by The Mar-Keys
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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WHEN YOU'RE NOT REALLY IN THE MOOD FOR A ‘COMEDY', BUT THEN AGAIN YOU WOULDN'T MIND LAUGHING LIKE HELL.
1 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is the 2nd film I've seen Vincent Gallo (the other one was `Buffalo 66' which was decent) act in, and I have to say this guy picks perfect roles. You forget the guy is acting, and that's the mark of a craftsman. He ends up in my favorite scene of the movie where his neighbor playfully starts a last call strip-tease after he returns home one night. Gallo this time plays Russell, who along with his buddies, do their best to bounce off the outer rim of social responsibility by tackling the next level of semi-professional burglary. Russell should have learnt long ago that you need to lock the bedroom door or something s****y is bound to happen. The performances are compelling and the writing is convincing. Above all, it's a very funny film. There are some good lines and unforgettable scenes (the moments at the dinner table come to mind). So yeah, you end up laughing more than you expected but the movie `Palookaville' actually does what it's supposed to do; it moves you. You care about what happens to these guys because they are learning more about themselves than you expect them to. As a result you don't really want this one to end early. Remember… if you ever see a legally blind person trying to board a bus with not one but two guide dogs, the small one's in training.


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