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Small Town Crime (2017)

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An alcoholic ex-cop (Hawkes) finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and ... See full summary »

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Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hawkes ... Mike Kendall
Anthony Anderson ... Teddy Banks
Octavia Spencer ... Kelly Banks
Robert Forster ... Steve Yendel
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Mood
Jeremy Ratchford ... Orthopedic
James Lafferty ... Tony Lama
Michael Vartan ... Detective Crawford
Daniel Sunjata ... Detective Whitman
Don Harvey ... Randy
Stefanie Scott ... Ivy
Caity Lotz ... Heidi
Dale Dickey ... Leslie
Michelle Lang ... Tina
Stefania Barr ... Kristy
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An alcoholic ex-cop (Hawkes) finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way. Written by Ian Nelms

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Doing the right thing the wrong way


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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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USA

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English

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Преступление в маленьком городе See more »

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Utah, USA

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2.35 : 1
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Hawkes car is actually a 73-74 Nova, Not a 68-72. The front end was converted for a more well known style. See more »

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Small Town Crime is a comfortable thriller that doesn't lack too much in any single area, but that overall, never pushes the boat out of the harbour
1 December 2017 | by edwardjones-23192See all my reviews

Small Town Crime tells the story of an alcoholic ex-cop who finds a young woman's body and commits himself to finding her killer.

It's not the most original premise, and neither is the plot, character development, or execution. And that's the first impression I got from this movie: that it didn't stray an inch from its genre's conventions. This doesn't necessarily connote a bad movie. Netflix's Stranger Things and Paco Plaza's Veronica are perfect examples of this. Unfortunately, Small Town Crime doesn't do the same for the hard-boiled crime genre.

It's an enjoyable experience, only one that you'll forget instantly. It's a popcorn flick, but not one with the eye-candy spectacle that accompanies a blockbuster budget. The plot develops in interesting, occasionally unpredictable ways. But rather than being edge-of-your-seat tension, you'll best enjoy this movie slumped back in an armchair. The acting was also good, but, don't expect it to win any awards. The the writing also holds any potential for relatable performances, particularly John Hawkes'. His unfulfilled potential and backstory cried out for more attention. Essentially, the movie presents a largely paint-by-numbers plot, which sadly forces characterisation into the backseat.

The second and third acts also rush through the plot, a little too unfocused. The script demanded a re-write if it hoped to deliver anything spectacular.


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