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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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: Why don't I take you to California. You can have fresh squeezed orange juice every day. If you've got a back yard there, you've got fresh fruit.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »


Armored Car Robbery
Music by Rob Webb
Published by Bourne Co.
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Well, how about a Ten?
8 December 2000 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I'm very rarely inspired to give a film a Ten, but this must have been just the film I was in the mood to see at the time. Only a few of those consciousness-threatening laughs, but generally a warmly funny film. As a dog-hater, I'm always astonished when a dog (or two) steals the show. Palookaville's dogs were the first film roles I've ever seen for the kind of pets MY friends have in real life. My wife was so caught up in her identity with the lives of the characters, that she was at one point heard to remark "Oh, no! Don't let something bad happen in this film!" Almost made us want to go and live in New Jersey.

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