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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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Bobo: Women... you can't live with 'em... and you can't shoot 'em.
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Enough bad actors can turn a bad movie into a meltdown
7 January 2004 | by greenfrogSee all my reviews

It's lucky for David Schwimmer that Fran Drescher and Woody Allen were along

for this loony ride, otherwise he would have had to take all the blame. The idea was crazy, the direction spliff-guided and the script lame. But the ACTING!

Woody does his stuttering, furrowed-brow, hands in the air schtick, but this is the umpteenth time and it is no longer just annoying, it's pathetic. Fran Drescher had one day, max two, on the set and treated it as a summer camp romp,

demonstrating ably that some people can build a career and a fortune on a

single act. Unfortunately, that act is on a TV set somewhere a million miles from this movie. But David Schwimmer!!?!! Oy-vey! He has one look (sensitive, troubled), one

tone of voice (ordering pizza on the phone) and no clues. Again, good luck to him for making a pile from being a Friend, but an actor he ain't. Kiefer Sutherland does his best with a stupid role but still doesn't convince as comic actor. Sharon Stone is great, but doesn't have more than a couple of

minutes on screen. But people -- this isn't a movie for watching. It's a movie for lying down, eyes shut, and hoping it will go away.


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