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Palookaville (1995)

Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which ... See full summary »

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Alan Taylor

Writer:

David Epstein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Forsythe ... Sid Dunleavy
Vincent Gallo ... Russell Pataki
Adam Trese ... Jerry
Gareth Williams ... Ed the Cop
LisaGay Hamilton ... Betty, Jerry's Wife
Bridgit Ryan Bridgit Ryan ... Enid
Kim Dickens ... Laurie, Russell's Girlfriend
Suzanne Shepherd ... Mother
Nicole Burdette Nicole Burdette ... Chris
Robert LuPone ... Ralph (as Robert Lupone)
Sam Coppola ... Mr. Kott, Money Truck Driver
Frances McDormand ... June
Walter Bryant Walter Bryant ... Money Truck Driver
Douglas Seale ... Old Man
William Riker William Riker ... Old Arthur
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Storyline

Jerry and his two pals, Russ and Syd, are just looking for some easy money to help them break out of their nowhere lives in their nowhere town. Despite a bungled jewelry store heist which exposes their incompetence as criminals, a fateful event (and an old black-and-white film) convinces them that they can pull off an armored-truck robbery. While they are busy plotting their caper, their dysfunctional families spin out of control all around them. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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One foot in the door. The other one in the gutter.

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les amateurs See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayonne, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$71,912, 3 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$315,230, 15 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Kim Dickens. See more »

Quotes

Russ: The thief gets the benefit of the doubt. Most crooks in this country use cap guns.
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Connections

References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovin' You
Written by Rudolph Riperton and Kimiko Kasai
Courtesy of Dickiebird Music and Publishing Co.
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Interesting twist on "heist" film
13 September 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

For reasons which, to me anyway, are completely unfair, every heist movie released since 1992's RESEVOIR DOGS has been compared to that film. I agree that film was great, and obviously there have been rip-offs, but not every heist film is, and PALOOKAVILLE, a wonderful surprise, is an example. In fact, if there's any film this should be compared to, it's the 1950's Italian movie BIG DEAL ON MADONNA STREET. Like that film, this is not about hardened criminals planning a heist, but about ordinary guys who try to be criminals while juggling their lives(one is married and has a kid, one takes care of his dogs, and even the third, who's more of the criminal mind than his friends, is dreaming of going with his girlfriend to California). It's also like BOTTLE ROCKET, which is also about inexperienced thieves, but where those guys, for the most part, want to be criminals, these guys just see it as an escape. But director Alan Taylor and writer David Epstein aren't making a tract, they're making a film about characters we can relate to, and while it lags at times, this is surprising, funny, and touching. Also, the performers are all good(this is an early look at the talents of Kim Dickens and Vincent Gallo). One of the more under-rated films of the year.


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