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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.



Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They took a bite out of crime. 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


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$17,071,230 (USA) (4 August 2000)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Mono)| (Mono)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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don't get me wrong - I'm a huge Woody Allen fan, but...
2 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A friend of mine saw this movie and despised it. This was the only Woody Allen movie he had ever seen. When "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" came out the next year, I asked him if he wanted to see it, and he said, "No, I don't like Woody Allen."

The moral of my story is, if this is your only experience with Woody Allen (or, for that matter, if "Jade Scorpion" is your only Woody experience, which wasn't that great either, but much better than "Small Time Crooks"), see one of his other movies. Sleeper. Zelig. Bananas. Love and Death. Annie Hall. Hannah and Her Sisters. Crimes and Misdemeanors. Take the Money and Run. Even Manhattan, which I personally didn't like too much, but I admit, it is classic Woody, and a great movie whether I liked it or not.

"Small Time Crooks" is just a bad movie. Every performer is entitled to some bombs. "Small Time Crooks" had a nice ending...but it occurred about 30 minutes into the movie. Then the movie took a drastic turn, and by "drastic" I mean "BOOOORRRRING." I wanted to fall asleep at this poorly-written plot and these mediocre performances. This is not one of Woody Allen's greats. This isn't even a good movie. This is crap, and I didn't laugh once. Please. See a few of the aforementioned Woody Allen movies instead, or some of his other classics; the man is a comic genius, after all.

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