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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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Storyline

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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Father Leo: I'm sure the Virgin was wearing turquoise nail polish.
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

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Gente
Performed by Flaco Jiménez and his Band
Written by Michael Morales, Felicia Morales
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A black comedic satire of religion
6 July 2000 | by gaynor.wildSee all my reviews

"Picking Up the Pieces" is a black comedy involving a gruesome murder, but without explicit violence. It's darkly satiric comments on religion are the centerpiece, with a powerfully expressive focus in the corpse's hand itself. Alfonso Arau has made a small gem of a movie, not to everyone's taste, but hilarious to many. The acting is quite good throughout. Kiefer Sutherland, as the villainous, red-neck cop perhaps overdoes it a bit, but it is satire. David Schwimmer, as a small-town New Mexican priest in love with a local prostitute and whose church is in financial trouble, is exceptionally good. And Sharon Stone (unrecognizable as the super-promiscuous wife of Woody Allen's butcher) is excellent as a woman whose final victimhood allows her redemption from a life of sin.

Three and a half Stars. Check it out


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