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Palookaville (1995)

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
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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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Doces Criminosos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$315,230 (USA) (13 December 1996)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Russ: The thief gets the benefit of the doubt. Most crooks in this country use cap guns.
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Connections

References Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) 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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26 November 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Basically this is one of the finest films I saw the year it came out. American indie comedy/character cinema at its best. The trouser sniffing scene almost got me ejected from the cinema for laughing too loudly. This movie is an absolute triumph. Around the same time I caught 'Big Night', 'The Daytrippers' & 'Buffalo 66'

  • all great films. If you liked any of them you'll love
'Palookaville'.


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