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Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

Phoebe and a fellow American in Rome find a dog with a $5000 reward. They take a train to the owner in Monte Carlo. She turns up murdered. They run and become suspects just as 3 other Americans on the train.


Eugene Levy


Rodolfo Sonego (story), Rodolfo Sonego (earlier screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Augie Morosco
Jim Belushi ... Neil Schwary (as James Belushi)
Cybill Shepherd ... Marilyn Schwary
Sean Young ... Phoebe
Richard Lewis ... Julian Peters
Ornella Muti ... Elena Morosco
Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Bonnard
George Hamilton ... Alfonso de la Pena
Roberto Sbaratto Roberto Sbaratto ... Detective Toussaint
Joss Ackland ... Hercules Popodopoulos
Ann Way ... Housekeeper
Geoffrey Andrews Geoffrey Andrews ... Butler
Caterina Boratto ... Madame de Senneville
Elsa Martinelli ... Carla the Agent
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Customs Officer


Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward. Discovering the dog's owner dead, they panic and become fugitives. Other victims of misfortune also become suspects, as the plot twists and luck and judgment desert everyone. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Who's Who of Who-Dunnits.


Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Did You Know?


One of two films in which both the late John Candy and Jim Belushi appeared in together. Those films include Only the Lonely (1991) which was released in 1991 while this film was in production, and Who's Harry Crumb? (1989) in which Belushi had a cameo in two years prior to this film. See more »


Although set in Monte Carlo a police station sign says 'Surete Publique. See more »


Neil Schwary: So, if you're not a gambler anymore, how come you're on this train to Monte Carlo?
Augie Morosco: My wife is there on holiday. She helped me get back into the business. Extremely wealthy.
Neil Schwary: Oh, I see. You married for money.
Augie Morosco: I did not marry for money. I married for lots of money!
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Light, charming with wonderful cast
9 March 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I'd never heard of this and just saw it on television. It's charming.

I thought George Hamilton was particularly good as an Italian gigolo -he had mastered a terrifically funny accent (among other things, he creates new syllables - as in "jump - ED" or "laugh-ED").

I had not seen Giancarlo Giannini in anything since the 1970s - and he's wonderful in the only serious part - the Monegasque (correct spelling for one from Monaco?) detective.

Sean Young throws herself into this comedic role and Richard Lewis, John Candy, Cybill Shepherd, and Jim Belushi are fine.

I do recommend this movie highly - it's light and frothy, but with many funny lines. As others have said, it has a beautiful setting - in the Hotel de Paris and Monaco in general. For whatever reason, this movie seems to be unpopular in Ohio (the two negative comments are both from Ohioans) - if you're in the other 49 states or overseas, you're sure to enjoy it.

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Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminals See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,249,740, 8 March 1992

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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