6.7/10
33,117
192 user 85 critic

Small Time Crooks (2000)

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

Director:

Writer:

On Disc

at Amazon

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Greg Stebner, Woody Allen, John Tormey
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, Bob Dorian
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Woody Allen
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a ditzy porn star and prostitute.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Pamela Blair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In New York in 1928, a struggling playwright is forced to cast a mobster's talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Jennifer Tilly
Anything Else (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jerry Falk learns a lesson the hard way when he falls head over heels in love with a beautiful but flighty girl, Amanda.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Jason Biggs, Christina Ricci
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two alternating stories, one comedy and the other tragedy, about Melinda's attempts to straighten out her life.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Will Ferrell, Vinessa Shaw, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A New York girl sets her father up with a beautiful woman in a troubled marriage while her stepsister gets engaged.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Goldie Hawn, Julia Roberts
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A middle-aged couple suspects foul play when their neighbor's wife suddenly drops dead.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Jerry Adler
Celebrity (1998)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The fortunes of a husband and wife differ drastically after they divorce.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, Leonardo DiCaprio
Scoop (2006)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ray
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
...
Cookie Store Customer
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Explodes with big-time laughter. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 1999  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,723, 21 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,071,230, 6 August 2000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Mono)| (Mono)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The book that David and Frenchy are discussing seems to be "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. See more »

Goofs

Tony Darrow's character is referred to alternately as Tommy Walker and Tommy Beal. See more »

Quotes

Ray: I gotta get some air. I'm going up on the roof.
Frenchy: Don't jump! You're too valuable as a dishwasher.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Skins: Sketch (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Written by Steve Allen
Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Small Time
10 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

My own theory about Woody is that he makes films for himself only. Recently I saw `Sweet and Lowdown' and think it one of the most multidimensionally complex, introspective films I've ever seen. I also saw `Crimes and Misdemeanors,' and thought he was working with ideas too big for his skills. Rather like the character Woody plays in this film.

In fact `Sweet' was successful because the actor (Sean Penn) was able to convey a Woody that had some natural skill, who in his heart knew he was secondrate, and who also had publicly criticized eccentricities. Penn could convey that Woody. Woody could never, and that's the root of the problem with this film.

There're two types of New Yorkers. Those with class and those without, regardless of fame and wealth. Woody pokes fun at himself here for his own benefit. But for us viewers, there's not much here, and except for a few skits, there are few laughs.

But chances are that if you are reading this, you're going to or have seen this anyway. If so, isn't May a gas? She's one of those aristocrats of comedy, and there's a double joke here. She plays the dimmest wit, though in real life, she would be the top cookie. And she had a meteoric rise in Hollywood until writing/directing `Ishtar' with two of the then biggest stars. It was the biggest flop in history until `Waterworld,' and even then WW made money.

Having her in this fable of up/down and having her steal every scene is so sweet.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 192 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

What Is Katee Sackhoff Watching?

Katee Sackhoff shares her Watchlist and love for the CW drama "Reign" with "The IMDb Show." Plus, we take a look at the top 10 TV Shows of 2017.

Watch now