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Small Time Crooks (2000)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  19 May 2000 (USA)
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A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray
Carolyn Saxon ...
Candy Salesperson
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Frenchy
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Denny
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Tommy
Sam Josepher ...
Real Estate Agent
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Lawrence Howard Levy ...
Dynamite Dealer (as Lawrence Levy)
Diane Bradley ...
Cookie Store Customer
Crystal Field ...
Cookie Store Customer
Cindy Carver ...
Cookie Store Customer
Ray Garvey ...
Cookie Store Customer
Bill Gerber ...
Cookie Store Customer
Olivia Hayman ...
Cookie Store Customer
Laurine Towler ...
Cookie Store Customer
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Storyline

Dishwasher and small-fry criminal Ray hits on a plan with his partners in crime to re-open a local pizza place and dig through to the bank down the street. As his wife can't cook pizza but does great cookies, that's what they sell. While the no-hope tunnellers get lost underground, the cookie operation really takes off and the team find themselves rich business people. But the other local money isn't quite ready to accept them. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They took a bite out of crime. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 1999  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£184,548 (UK) (1 December 2000)

Gross:

ESP 477,699,084 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen places a large gumball machine in one of the opening scenes to create a link between his character, Winkler, and fellow inept criminal Virgil Starkwell from his other film Take the Money and Run (1969). See more »

Goofs

Shown the house where writer Henry James (whom her husband confuses with band leader Harry James once lived), the culture-challenged Frenchy announces that James was author of The Heiress (which she pronounces as "The Harris"). In reality, The Heiress was the title of the screen versions of James' novel - and a play based upon it - called Washington Square. James never wrote anything called The Heiress. See more »

Quotes

Ray: Your cousin May is dumb like a horse, or a dog or something.
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Soundtracks

Old Devil Moon
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Woody Allen marking time...comedy coasts for a while on some good one-liners
1 June 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

One-note reworking of 1942's "Larceny, Inc." about a low-class New York couple who conspire to rob a bank, but who instead find financial success through their own ruse: by opening a bakery right next door. Writer-director-star Woody Allen doesn't appear to have his heart invested in this material (it seems a little cheeky and overtly commercial for him), though there are some good laughs after a sloppy opening. Colorful, squirrelly supporting players keep it bubbling happily for about an hour, but Allen's third act finishes limply. Slapstick chaos is no longer Woody's forte; he resorts to brash heckling to get his script over the hump, and he's hindered further by Zhao Fei's dark, disappointing cinematography. ** from ****


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