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Small Time (1996)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 22 June 1999 (USA)
Ben is a small-time gangster who gets the opportunity to earn a lot of money. His boss sends him to a remote ranch with bag full of drugs and orders him to wait for the buyer. But the ... See full summary »



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The Holy Man
The Woman
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Jerry's Friend
The Dutchman's Bodyguard
The Dutchman


Ben is a small-time gangster who gets the opportunity to earn a lot of money. His boss sends him to a remote ranch with bag full of drugs and orders him to wait for the buyer. But the routine drug deal turns to disaster because of Ben's unprofessional associates. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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They really tried to be professionals... it just didn't work out.


Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content | See all certifications »




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I loved this movie without reservation and would love to revisit it. So sad that it doesn't seem to have come out on DVD. Why not???
28 October 2006 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Glenn Plumber gives a perfect performance as an earnest, highly motivated petty criminal, with the best intentions, all of which go awry. There is a plan, an exchange of bowling bags filled with cocaine and money. The setting for this ominous rendezvous is an abandoned cabin in a vast and forbidding desert. One of the most hopeless settings ever seen in film. And our hero's chosen criminal associates don't have an ounce of focus, or even a sense of cause-and-effect, and, sadly, he too has this problem. I guess that makes this a Black Comedy. But it's a black comedy with tremendous elegance. There's nothing ugly in the telling of it. Paced with a droll formality, in tidy little chapters, with titles: "The Wrong Man"... "The Right Man"... each chapter presents us with a rising tsunami of wrong moves, misperceptions, horrible mistakes. Doom. The flummoxed hero seeks wisdom in a picture book, found on the floor, hallucinates an ancient Apache wise man who silently offers him interesting but unhelpful tips on desert survival. What a crazy little digression! Strangely real, strangely moving, strangely full of, well, grace. We sense that the hero's pole-axed dumbness is itself a kind of grace. Like a nearly-blind Mister Magoo, he just might get through this booby-trapped maze, and we want this for him. The movie is making us want this. It'a a perfect seduction. We stay with him through a whole series of encounters with mythically perfect antagonists, including the sublime Rae Dawn Chong, a crescendo rising to absolute mayhem, and stagger on out with a raggedly absurd happy ending. Crazy. Wonderful. Nicely done. I think this should be a famous movie.

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