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Little Cigars (1973)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | June 1973 (USA)
A gangster's former mistress hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Tompkins ... Cleo
Billy Curtis ... Slick Bender
Jerry Maren ... Cadillac
Frank Delfino Frank Delfino ... Monty
Felix Silla ... Frankie
Emory Souza Emory Souza ... Hugo
Joe De Santis ... Travers
Jon Cedar ... Faust
Philip Kenneally ... Ganz
Barbara Rhoades ... Helen (as Barbara Rhodes)
Michael Pataki ... Garage Mechanic
Todd Susman ... Buzz
Rayford Barnes ... Gus
Walter Beakel Walter Beakel ... Lt. Garrett
Nick Benedict Nick Benedict ... 1st Cop
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A gangster's former mistress hooks up with a troupe of circus midgets who, as a sideline, rob banks and casinos.

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...are hazardous to your health!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Little Cigars Mob See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Band, of Empire Pictures and Full Moon Features fame and son of the movie producer Albert Band, got a job as production assistant as an AIP employee. He quit the job a week later after realising he wanted to make the movie and be the guy in control instead of 'running around getting coffee'. See more »

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Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987) See more »

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Seems like a rough draft with no target audience
2 March 2005 | by dgaitherSee all my reviews

This movie doesn't fit neatly into any category. It has elements of comedy, including slapstick, puns, sexual innuendo, and "witty" lines, but also contains foul language, brutal murders, robberies and assaults. Added to this lack of focus is terrible pacing. Some of this is the fault of the editor as he holds to long on a close-up of a character who has just said a "funny" line, but those extended pauses for laughs are present even when the scene does not cut away. I suppose the humor of the movie was supposed to derive from the surprise of seeing little people who are as nasty and cruel as everyone else. Even in 1972, this would not have surprised many people. This would probably have been a lot funnier if made a few years after the Wizard of Oz. The plot is nothing more than a series of "capers" that demonstrate the many clever ways you can smuggle a bunch of midgets into an establishment you are planning to rob. There's no indication of how or why this group of con artists suddenly become brutal armed robbers. There is nothing of the con artist subtlety in their later capers. What dramatic tension there is comes from trying to decide if Cleo (Angel Tompkins) really cares for Slick, or is just stringing him along. Since neither of these characters is sympathetic, it's hard to care to much about this.


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