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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 »

Director:

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

Gross USA:

$365,284

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$365,284
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title comes from Marlon Brando's monologue in On the Waterfront (1954) 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 Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Me Tienes Sufriendo
Written by Angel Santiago
Performed by Viti Ruiz and his Orchestra
Courtesy of Cartagena Publishing
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Winning trio of losers
29 September 2004 | by cinecarlSee all my reviews

I love movies about outsiders and this is one of my favorites.

Forget that it's supposed to be a heist movie; the three friends were never capable of that level of coordination. But there is a remarkable chemistry between them and paricularly with the women in the story. Gallo is quite magnetic in the lead and has a wonderful rapport with both his girlfriend and an older hooker.

Forsythe can be over-the-top in many films, but here he settles down and adds a touching counterpoint to Gallo. I mostly credit director Taylor for this small treasure because he has shown the same kind of class in his Napoleon film, "Emperor's New Clothes." Check out both of these films.


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