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Crackers (1984)

Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay) (as Jeffrey Fiskin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Weslake
Jack Warden ... Garvey
Sean Penn ... Dillard
Wallace Shawn ... Turtle
Larry Riley ... Boardwalk
Trinidad Silva ... Ramon
Christine Baranski ... Maxine
Charlayne Woodard ... Jasmine (as Charlaine Woodard)
Tasia Valenza ... Maria
Irwin Corey ... Lazzarelli
Edouard DeSoto ... Don Fernando
Anna Maria Horsford ... Slam Dunk
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Artiste
Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. O'Malley
Ed Call Ed Call ... Officer Darney (as Edward Call)
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Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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The Comedy that dreams the impossible scheme! [Video Australia]


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Incompetência See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,689, 20 February 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,268
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This remake of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" (Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958)) was made and released about twenty-six years after that movie debuted. "Big Deal on Madonna Street" is also known as "Pigeon" (France) and "Persons Unknown" (UK). See more »

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A comedy whose plot revolves around capitalism being absurd
24 June 2013 | by magnedgrSee all my reviews

As is often the case with Louis Malle, capitalism's absurdity is highlighted. This is perhaps not his very best, but I thought I would give it a ten, just because I thought 4.9 to be too low, I got more from it than that. However, if you're not open to the idea that capitalism is absurd, certainly 4.9 might seem like a good rating and you wouldn't get that much out of it.

Capitalism is about fooling and being fooled, but who or what really gets fooled ultimately? My notion is that it's always capitalism that ends up being and is constantly fooled - by life.

This film lets you laugh at capitalism and it feels good.

Capitalism is alienating - like many of Malle's films, this film is about unalienating.

As I see it: There are some wonderful moments where you just laugh: I may have laughed most just because I found a somewhat old woman very funny, just hilarious. And it was just a brief scene, but it just made me laugh longer than the scene lasted (stayed with me sort of). This is what's needed for a good comedy, isn't it? Small things that make you laugh more than bigger things, in part because they're small. There's not a lot of that, but it's there and is perhaps all the more funny as a result. In addition there are bigger things, notably involving a glass roof.

I won't say that much more. Basically, if you're an anticapitalist like me, surely you'll enjoy it. If you're a capitalist - hell, who knows, you might change, life's bigger than capitalism, no?


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