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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

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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Comedy | Fantasy

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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:

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2.00 : 1
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Tex Cowley: She had a boyfriend before me who was in with the mob, and she testified against him and, you know, he didn't take it too kindly... So we came out to Texas, eh, primarily for the air... Actually, we, eh, we wanted to keep breathing it...
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I Guess I'm In The Minority
1 August 2010 | by DrGerbilSee all my reviews

I am surprised at what poor reviews this film has gotten. I myself liked it very much.

It's very irreverent, very politically incorrect, and I can see where it would offend a lot of people. However, I didn't think it was mean-spirited at all, and it encourages us to think about our faith and what spirituality means to us.

I enjoyed seeing Woody Allen out of his comfort zone--wearing Western clothes, and as a character named "Tex"--and, although I am sure that this film didn't make much money, I thought it was adorable.

I hesitate to recommend it, though, since it is a very very dark comedy. One of the cast members (I think Fran Drescher) compared it to "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World." I would definitely avoid it if you're offended by anyone poking fun at religion.


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