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Crime Spree (2003)

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A French gang of thieves flies over to Chicago for a one time job. However, things seem to get out of hand soon.

Director:

Brad Mirman

Writer:

Brad Mirman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Daniel Foray
Harvey Keitel ... Frankie Zammeti
Johnny Hallyday ... Marcel Burot
Renaud ... Zero
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Sami
Stéphane Freiss ... Julien Labesse
Shawn Lawrence ... Agent Pogue
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Raymond Gayet
Joanne Kelly ... Sophie Nicols
Richard Bohringer ... Bastaldi
Abe Vigoda ... Angelo Giancarlo
Gino Marrocco Gino Marrocco ... Joey Two Tons
Sal Figliomeni Sal Figliomeni ... Nicky The Rake
Diego Chambers Diego Chambers ... Raphael
Carlos Diaz ... Hector
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Storyline

An out-of-town heist becomes a nightmare for a crew of French burglars when they mistakenly rob the head of the Chicago mafia. Unaccustomed to the ways of the American underworld, it is not long before they have the mafia, the FBI and a couple of street gangs on their backs as they attempt to make their way back to Paris. Written by Vincent Reed

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It was supposed to be an easy job. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Another in-joke: When the thieves want to take aliases to protect their identities, Marcel insists on being called "Elvis". That's because Johnny Hallyday, who plays Marcel, is known as the "Elvis of France". See more »

Goofs

In the first restaurant scene in Chicago, a Canada Post truck can clearly be seen through the window. See more »

Quotes

Zero: Zero does not care about your life story.
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Outtakes run during the end credits. See more »

Connections

References The Godfather (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake It Baby
Written by Donnie Heyden & James Moore
Performed by Daddy C and PD&P
Courtesy of Lovecat Music
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The best Dortmunder movie Westlake never wrote
13 July 2010 | by waldog2006See all my reviews

I picked this up in Poundland expecting very little except that the word 'crime' in the title got my attention, and I'll watch any type of heist film. It was past one in the morning when I saw it, and I considered going to bed instead, then, after watching the first few scenes of the 95m movie (it said 84m on the box) I thought I'd watch half of it today and the other half tomorrow but it kept me watching till the end, occasionally laughing out loud. Comedy caper films nearly always fail. The Italian Job is over-rated. Don't even get me started on public-school- educated Guy Ritchie's films. But any fan of Donald Westlake's Dortmunder books, in which a hapless crime planner is saddled with a team of non-starters and has to extricate himself from increasing complications, will see that this is the best Dortmunder movie the late Westlake never wrote. The only successful Dortmunder adaptation was How to Steal a Diamond in Four Uneasy Lessons (also known as The Hot Rock). All the others failed to a lesser or greater extent. Despite the predominantly French tone, and the minimal characterisation of Depardieu's character (Dortmunder is usually silent, unless complaining, anyway) this is what a Dortmunder adaptation should be, even though it isn't. Not a great movie, by any means, with too many respectful nods to Tarantino (surely the greater influence here, and not Ritchie?) but a very watchable one that keeps you wanting to know what happens next. Wayne Newton's (yes, that's a man singing) 'Danke Schoen' is used to great effect.


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