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Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Thriller | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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A Los Angeles detective seeks out the ruthless gang that stole his dog.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve Ford
... Dave
... Spider
... Taylor
... Nola
... Manu
... Tui
... Katey
... John (as Thomas Middeditch)
... Oscar
... Lupe
... Tino
... Yuri
... Chewy
... Lew the Jew


Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang's bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark's goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man's best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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Going Under  »

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Did You Know?


Famke Janssen (Katey) and Jason Mamoa (Spyder) have both played comic book based superheroes: Famke as Jean Grey in the XMen franchise (Marvel Comics) & Jason as Aquaman in the Justice League movie (DC Comics). See more »


At around 1h15 into the movie there is a scene played backwards. You can clearly see all cars driving on the highway going backwards. See more »


Spider: I want my shit back!
Steve Ford: I want my dog back.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits, there is a small cut-scene where John (Thomas Middleditch) tries to free himself by rocking the chair that he's tied to but instead falls down. See more »


References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


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Written and Performed by Jeff Dillard (ASCAP)
Published by Hollywood Film and TV Music (ASCAP)
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Yikes! Not even Die Hard Brucie fans will like this!
20 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

I bloody love Bruce Willis... always have liked him since he was the silly and annoying David Allison on Moonlighting. The guy's got moxie!

But this is horrible. An annoying clown, Thomas Middleditch, narrates his way through the movie because we're too stupid to figure it out on our own. Every time this tosser appears on screen or says anything I just want to punch him in the face. Why he's even there at all is beyond me... unless it's to make everyone else look good!

Bruce Willis and John Goodman look bored. They have clearly been blackmailed into doing this crap-fest. Either that or the money was worth sacrificing their dignity for.

I hope Bruce finds an interest in making good movies again. The bloke is a talented comedy actor... but he's also been coming across like a burned out, lazy, spoiled git in the last few years.

As for the movie itself... the (alleged) comedy is forced and stilted. The characters are dull and difficult to engage with. Bruce naked skateboarding on a busy street isn't funny. It should be, but the ham-fisted direction destroys it.

Bruce looks like he's following the Robert De Niro school of acting career trajectories... make some classic stuff when you're young and ride the wave for as long as you can!

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