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Disorganized Crime (1989)

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Career criminal Frank plans a bank heist and sends for his buddies to help pull the job. Before his buddies arrive, he's caught, forcing his cohorts to pull the job alone. Frank soon escapes, setting off a search by the bumbling cops.

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Jim Kouf

Writer:

Jim Kouf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hoyt Axton ... Sheriff Henault
Corbin Bernsen ... Frank Salazar
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Barrios
Fred Gwynne ... Max Green
Ed O'Neill ... George Denver
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Ray Forgy
Daniel Roebuck ... Bill Lonigan
William Russ ... Nick Bartkowski
Marie Butler Marie Butler ... Wanda Brem (as Marie Butler Kouf)
Gregory Wurster Gregory Wurster ... Deputy Greg
Patrick Collins ... Deputy Monroe
Mitch Carter ... Deputy Larry
Dean Norris ... Deputy Joe
Thomas Schellenberg Thomas Schellenberg ... Deputy Jim
Robert K. Feldmann Robert K. Feldmann ... Dispatcher (as Robert Feldmann)
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Storyline

This movie places some top thiefs, looking to steal money from a bank. The All-Star cast has many blunders on the way. Meanwhile a member of their group is missing and two cops chase after him. Written by <Lemiar28@AOL.com>

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Five crooks without a plan. Two cops without a clue. And one bank vault without a scratch. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message from Salazar See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,723,506
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The used as Frank's hideaway outside of the town was in fact built and rebuilt several times in different locations to take advantage of the landscape around Montana. See more »

Goofs

The smear of paint on the station wagon disappears See more »

Quotes

Nick Bartkowski: Now what about getting inside?
Carlos Barrios: The place next door is a real-estate office. We pick the lock. We get in, and go through the wall. It is made of brick, like your brain. It's one foot thick, two layers.
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Soundtracks

Red Eyes, White Whiskey, Blue Heart
Written by Jim Stowell
Performed by Jim Stowell, Mark Terry & Jim Shields
Produced by Jim Stowell & Mark Terry
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A Comic Caper
9 November 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Corbin Bernsen's sent letters to four criminal associates he's worked with in the past and it's a real intergenerational mix with Fred Gwynne, Lou Diamond Phillips, William Russ, and Ruben Blades. They're to meet him in this obscure Montana town and he doesn't explain why because he's then picked up by out of state police from New Jersey on a warrant.

Of the criminal group that's been gathered together, they all know Bernsen, but don't know each other. A lot of comedy involved is them feeling each other out. As the oldest Gwynne though denying it kind of takes charge with the others grumbling, but going along. Especially when they figure out what Bernsen had in mind.

As for Bernsen, he's got the good fortune to be picked up by a pair of bumblers in Ed O'Neill and Daniel Roebuck. He gets the drop on O'Neill and escapes.

After that it's the four criminals trying to finish what Bernsen started and Bernsen getting away the police. In the intricately plotted screenplay, it's fascinating how both story lines keep intertwining with each other. Hoyt Axton as the local sheriff watches in amazement at what unfolds in his town.

Disorganized Crime is a fabulously funny caper film by a bunch of players who seem mostly to have had a background in television or would soon. I can't say that anyone stood out in the cast they also seem to click so well together.

Ironically none of these people are comedians per se, but they all exhibit a light comic touch that good directing brought out.

Disorganized Crime is one very funny caper movie, the kind of film that well known pessimist Mr. Murphy would have written.


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