Small Time Crooks (2000)

PG  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Carolyn Saxon ...
Candy Salesperson
Sam Josepher ...
Real Estate Agent
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


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 <>

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Explodes with big-time laughter. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,880,723 (USA) (19 May 2000)


ESP 477,699,084 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Woody Allen's first movie in a deal of five with DreamWorks Pictures. See more »


Shown the house where writer Henry James(whom her husband confuses with band leader Harry James) once lived, the culturally challenged Frenchy announces that James was author of "The Heiress" (which she mispronounces as "hair-ess"). In reality, "The Heiress" was the title shared by a movie and a stage play, each inspired by James's novel "Washington Square"; James never wrote anything called "The Heiress". See more »


Ray: You know? Frenchy eats frog's legs.
May Sloane: It's supposed to taste like chicken.
Ray: Rabbit!
May Sloane: Rabbit tastes like frog's legs?
Ray: No, forget it, forget it.
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References Larceny, Inc. (1942) See more »


Just in Time
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Whiney Dribble.
14 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

The second half of the movie was the worst example of New York whining imaginable. No entertainment value could be siphoned from this film save for Tracy Ullman's retarded sister. Aside from that, if I were given a choice between hearing Woody Allen whine for 90 minutes, or endure a massage at the hands of Hannibal Lecter, it would be the hardest choice of my life.

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