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Small Time Crooks (2000)

PG | | Comedy, Crime | 19 May 2000 (USA)
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A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Ray
Carolyn Saxon Carolyn Saxon ... Candy Salesperson
Tracey Ullman ... Frenchy
Michael Rapaport ... Denny
Tony Darrow ... Tommy
Sam Josepher Sam Josepher ... Real Estate Agent
Jon Lovitz ... Benny
Lawrence Howard Levy Lawrence Howard Levy ... Dynamite Dealer (as Lawrence Levy)
Diane Bradley Diane Bradley ... Cookie Store Customer
Crystal Field Crystal Field ... Cookie Store Customer
Cindy Carver Cindy Carver ... Cookie Store Customer
Ray Garvey Ray Garvey ... Cookie Store Customer
Bill Gerber Bill Gerber ... Cookie Store Customer
Olivia Hayman Olivia Hayman ... Cookie Store Customer
Laurine Towler ... Cookie Store Customer
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Storyline

Dishwasher and small-fry criminal Ray hits on a plan with his partners in crime to re-open a local pizza place and dig through to the bank down the street. As his wife can't cook pizza but does great cookies, that's what they sell. While the no-hope tunnellers get lost underground, the cookie operation really takes off and the team find themselves rich business people. But the other local money isn't quite ready to accept them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They took a bite out of crime. See more »

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Woody Allen Spring Project 1999 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,723, 21 May 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,071,230, 6 August 2000
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Frenchy's Lawyer: You've lost it all, Frenchy. Or should I say, you've been swindled out of it all.
Frenchy: You mean I got...?
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A film of three thirds
22 July 2003 | by FuzzbombSee all my reviews

We'll get this out of the way first - I'm a huge Woody fan, and will fight anyone who disses...

HOWEVER,

This is one of his minor works (see also - Manhattan Murder Mystery, Everyone Says I Love You), and as such comes as a bit of a disappointment if you are intimate with such masterpieces of cinema as Annie Hall, Manhattan and Hannah and her Sisters.

Woody seems to have faxed in his performance (a little hazy like Robin Williams in Deconstructing Harry, perhaps?) and the character is totally wrong for him. Tracey Ullman, however, is just just perfect.

Oddly, the film changes styles every half hour - the first starts like a golden-age caper comedy, then switches to a comedy of manners (very french) and ends up with a traditional Woody 'love lives falling to pieces' plot. Of course, the final third is the most satisfying.

So, a must for Woody fans to stick to the end with, but the question has to be asked -

Is he not too old for this now?


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