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Picking Up the Pieces (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy  |  30 August 2000 (France)
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A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.



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Woody Allen plays Tex, a kosher butcher. Sharon Stone plays his unfaithful wife Candy. Tex catches Candy in the act and in a fit of rage he kills her. To conceal his crime he cuts up her body and buries it in the desert in New Mexico. However, when her hand surfaces, a blind woman trips over it and it restores her sight. The hand is then considered to be the "hand of the Virgin." Despite the church's fallen priest objecting, the ambitious mayor of the town creates an international three-ring circus of miracle-seekers, TV crews, and born-again local prostitutes all interested in the hand. All of this goes on while Tex is desperately trying to recover the hand before the sheriff finds it and uses it as evidence against him. Written by Stevie

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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30 August 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

First on Max  »

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ESP 63,517,620 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Cheech Marin said this is the worst film he's done. See more »


Tex: What's the matter with you? Am I gonna have to start slippin' Prozac in to your Alpo?
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One of the cheesiest movies ever made -- and not in a camp way!
9 June 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on Cinemax in stunned silence. It contains some of the most sophomoric writing and cheapest sight gags one can imagine outside of a frat-house revue. Throughout the film, both Woody Allen and Sharon Stone keep fixed and glazed grins on their faces, as if they can hardly believe they're saying these horrible lines. That this cast and this director would produce this travesty passes all understanding.

The problem isn't the subject matter (hey, I'm all for irreverent treatment of organized religion!), it's that the plotting and the execution leave you wishing you'd spent the last two hours jabbing straight pins into the back of your hand. Or, perhaps, your eyes.

It is a film without charm, without wit, without subtlety, without surprise. Your move.

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