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Small Time Crooks (2000)

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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They took a bite out of crime. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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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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Company Credits

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DreamWorks,Sweetland Films See more »
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DTS (Mono)| Dolby Digital (Mono)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The book that David and Frenchy are discussing seems to be "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. See more »

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When Denny, Ray, Tommy and Benny first begin digging the tunnel, while discussing who can use the drill, Denny appears to call Ray (played by Woody Allen) Woody. However, after Ray has just said to Denny "Whaddya mean?", Denny starts to repeat Ray's question, saying "Whaddy... I don't know how to work a drill like that." See more »

Quotes

Ray: I think she's developing a crush on her teacher, David.
May Sloane: Yeah. Well, you know, he's very good-looking, and he's really bright and very charming. And he's very elegant...
Ray: Okay, May, I got the picture. It's all right.
May Sloane: Well, when you're right, you're right.
Ray: Thank you.
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Soundtracks

This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Written by Steve Allen
Performed by Lester Lanin
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Small Time
10 February 2001 | by tedgSee all my reviews

My own theory about Woody is that he makes films for himself only. Recently I saw `Sweet and Lowdown' and think it one of the most multidimensionally complex, introspective films I've ever seen. I also saw `Crimes and Misdemeanors,' and thought he was working with ideas too big for his skills. Rather like the character Woody plays in this film.

In fact `Sweet' was successful because the actor (Sean Penn) was able to convey a Woody that had some natural skill, who in his heart knew he was secondrate, and who also had publicly criticized eccentricities. Penn could convey that Woody. Woody could never, and that's the root of the problem with this film.

There're two types of New Yorkers. Those with class and those without, regardless of fame and wealth. Woody pokes fun at himself here for his own benefit. But for us viewers, there's not much here, and except for a few skits, there are few laughs.

But chances are that if you are reading this, you're going to or have seen this anyway. If so, isn't May a gas? She's one of those aristocrats of comedy, and there's a double joke here. She plays the dimmest wit, though in real life, she would be the top cookie. And she had a meteoric rise in Hollywood until writing/directing `Ishtar' with two of the then biggest stars. It was the biggest flop in history until `Waterworld,' and even then WW made money.

Having her in this fable of up/down and having her steal every scene is so sweet.


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