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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

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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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Kim Dickens. See more »

Quotes

Russ: I'm not talking about a life of crime, just a momentary shift in lifestyle.
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Connections

References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Virgen De La Macarenas
Written by Bernardo Bautista Monterde and Antonio Ortiz Calero
Courtesy of Peer International Corporation
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Courtesy of Polydor Records by arrangement
with Polygram Special Markets
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great movie - GREAT MUSIC!!!
5 December 2005 | by meyles-2See all my reviews

I loved all your critics. This movie deserves a great deal of honors. But I did not only love the film. I also listened to the beautiful music. I have been looking on the web but could not find anything about is. That in fact, I found it very strange, as the main theme came up over and over again, all the time slightly different. Really fantastically done. It supported the plot of the film in a strong way, sometimes sad, then funny and later melodramatic etc. Did anyone else listen too? And have a look at the end titles who made it? I forgot that stupid enough. Hope you can help, waiting for your reply...I guess it would help already to learn the composer, but any additional information would be most welcome too!


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