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Crackers (1984)

Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner ... See full summary »

Director:

Louis Malle

Writer:

Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay) (as Jeffrey Fiskin)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Weslake
Jack Warden ... Garvey
Sean Penn ... Dillard
Wallace Shawn ... Turtle
Larry Riley ... Boardwalk
Trinidad Silva ... Ramon
Christine Baranski ... Maxine
Charlayne Woodard ... Jasmine (as Charlaine Woodard)
Tasia Valenza ... Maria
Irwin Corey ... Lazzarelli
Edouard DeSoto ... Don Fernando
Anna Maria Horsford ... Slam Dunk
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Artiste
Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. O'Malley
Ed Call Ed Call ... Officer Darney (as Edward Call)
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Storyline

Garvey is a San Francisco pawnshop operator. His unemployed and criminal friends Dillard, Turtle, and Weslake, team up with Boardwalk, a local pimp, to burgle Garvey's shop while the owner is out of town. During the elaborate planning process, Dillard falls for a Hispanic woman, the sister of a friend. Also, Boardwalk is assigned to case a local apartment, where he meets and falls for the maid. Amidst all these romantic hijinks, Weslake puts together a burglary plan, which is executed by the makeshift gang. Written by veloc <velo_00@yahoo.com>

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The Comedy that dreams the impossible scheme! [Video Australia]


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Incompetência See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,689, 20 February 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,268
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Company Credits

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entered for competition at the 34th Berlin Film Festival in 1984. See more »

Connections

Remake of I soliti ignoti (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Berro e Sombaro
Written by Chuck Brown (uncredited) and The Soul Searchers (uncredited)
Performed by Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers
Courtesy of Source Records
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No deal at Madonna Street!
20 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Louis Malle lived in the USA during the last part of his life. If there was anyone with enough talent to bring "Crackers" to the screen, it was him. Unfortunately, sometimes, even with the best intentions, no doubt, a great man produces a film that is well beneath himself. Of course, anyone is entitled to a mistake, but if there was anything wrong with this project it seems to be the Jeffrey Alan Fiskin's screen treatment of the classic Mario Monicelli film "Big Deal at Madonna Street".

The cast Mr. Malle assembled for the film is a first rate one, just by looking at the names in it. Donald Sutherland, Jack Warden, Sean Penn, Christine Baranski and the rest have enough experience to show much better than what comes out on the screen.

Let's just remember Mr. Malle for his greatness, and not by this misguided effort.


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