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Picking Up the Pieces (2000)

A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.

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Alfonso Arau

Writer:

Bill Wilson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Tex Cowley
Sharon Stone ... Candy Cowley
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Desi
Cheech Marin ... Mayor Machado
David Schwimmer ... Father Leo Jerome
Kiefer Sutherland ... Officer Bobo
Alfonso Arau ... Dr. Amado
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Lalo Taxi Driver
Andy Dick ... Father Buñuel
Fran Drescher ... Sister Frida
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Flaco
Elliott Gould ... Father LaCage
Eddie Griffin ... Sediento
Mía Maestro ... Carla
Lupe Ontiveros ... Constancia
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Woody Allen plays Tex, a kosher butcher. Sharon Stone plays his unfaithful wife Candy. Tex catches Candy in the act and in a fit of rage he kills her. To conceal his crime he cuts up her body and buries it in the desert in New Mexico. However, when her hand surfaces, a blind woman trips over it and it restores her sight. The hand is then considered to be the "hand of the Virgin." Despite the church's fallen priest objecting, the ambitious mayor of the town creates an international three-ring circus of miracle-seekers, TV crews, and born-again local prostitutes all interested in the hand. All of this goes on while Tex is desperately trying to recover the hand before the sheriff finds it and uses it as evidence against him. Written by Stevie

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

First on Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.00 : 1
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During an interview with Stig Bjorkman, when asked his reasons for accepting a role in the movie, Woody Allen claimed it was, "A lucrative offer." Of the finished film he said, "I believe if the movie had been made in Spanish or Italian, it might have had a prayer. In English it was an uphill battle for some very nice and talented people." See more »

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Tex: What's the matter with you? Am I gonna have to start slippin' Prozac in to your Alpo?
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For a comedy, it's pretty serious!
10 September 2003 | by rezmo-mdbSee all my reviews

Maybe it's just the mood I'm in but after a failed first attempt at viewing this film (lasted about 10 minutes) I just finished seeing the "hole" thing and thought "what a great WA film ala the pre-serious Woody phase that he didn't write! This film was obviously not done with the BIG audience in mind, but out of love for the absurd to a sublime degree. Over the top puns abound in a truly profound way. Like for instance, "You can save your ass, or you can save your soul. But you can't save both. You choose, ass....soul...etc.,etc. I can't believe the many stars in this cast (albeit off-ctr types) did this for the money, so they must have had a blast making it. And c'mon folks, tell me you didn't love to see Kieffer hung up and beaten like a pinata with fireworks going off on his body. I hven't seen cast interviews, so I'm not as informed as some of the commenteers here are, but the overall message (last words of Woody)of this movie is not to be ignored: "f__k em if they can't take a joke". Yeah, the production was cheezy, but it fit so well. The patchwork editing just may have been intentional.... I can easily see how people panned this film. But, no offense intended, maybe you take yourself a bit too seriously.

PS: the quip about Jesus' party getting out of hand _was_ Lenny Bruce's comment as stated by Woody in the film.

Ahhhhhh


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