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Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Augie Morosco
... Neil Schwary (as James Belushi)
... Marilyn Schwary
... Phoebe
... Julian Peters
... Elena Morosco
... Inspector Bonnard
... Alfonso de la Pena
Roberto Sbaratto ... Detective Toussaint
... Hercules Popodopoulos
... Housekeeper
Geoffrey Andrews ... Butler
... Madame de Senneville
... Carla the Agent
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Customs Officer
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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>

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The Who's Who of Who-Dunnits.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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6 March 1992 (USA)  »

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$8,669,847
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Eugene Levy: as the casino cashier. See more »

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Augie Morosco: I'm rolling like a hunchback doing somersaults!
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Featured in John Candy: Comic Spirit (2005) See more »

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Funny, light mystery akin to What's Up, Doc?
30 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Marilyn (Cybill Shepherd) and her husband, Neil (James Belushi) are on the train to Monte Carlo to enjoy a well-earned vacation. While they are aboard, they run into businessman Augie Morosco (John Candy) as well as Phoebe (Sean Young) and Julian (Richard Lewis). Phoebe and Julian are soon ordered to leave the train, as they have a dog with them. Surprisingly, it turns out not to be their dog, but rather a canine they found and are returning to the female owner for the reward money. When they arrive at the owner's mansion, Phoebe and Julian soon discover that the owner has been murdered. Naturally, they are afraid that they will be blamed and flee the area. Meanwhile, Marilyn and Neil are experiencing different results at the gaming tables. Through various happenstances, all of the above characters will be suspects in the murder of the little dog's owner. Will police inspector Bonnard (Giancarlo Giannini) be able to nail the correct killer?

This comedic whodunit has an adorable cast (especially the quite stunning Sean Young) and a silly-but-fun plot that keeps the viewer pondering. John Candy's scenes are too few in number for him to steal the show, yet he generates chuckles, as usual. Instead, George Hamilton, in a small role, is the one who makes ample use of his screen time to charm and delight the audience. The scenery and costumes, also, are first rate. Viewers may have to search hard to find this film at the video store or library. Those who do will be rewarded with an evening of smiles and second-guessing as the film merits are unrolled.


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