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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]


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Gross USA:

$129,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$129,268
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

Remake of Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

London Town
Written by Bill Summers (uncredited), Lori Lynette Ham (uncredited) and Scott Roberts (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Not as bad as its reputation suggests, but with that cast and director...
4 October 2004 | by carnivalofsoulsSee all my reviews

"Crackers" falls into that category of films that have failed quite inexplicably - helmed by a great director, starring a cast of assured veterans (Sutherland, Warden) and talented newcomers (Penn, Baranksi) and written by the screenwriter of one of the best films of the eighties ("Cutter's Way"). Then why is it that no one talks about the film anymore? Firstly, the film has been made far more successfully on two other occasions in the guise of "Big Deal on Madonna Street" and then recently "Welcome To Collinwood". Secondly, Malle must have been going through an eighties dance music phase when he made the film because it is effectively ruined by an utterly dated and abysmal soundtrack - with a proper film score it would have been a far better film. Lastly, Sutherland gives what is probably his most broad and embarrassingly unfunny performance in the lead, subsequently hindering any sympathy for his character. There are other qualms (what exactly is the purpose of Baranski's character, lets throw in a slut for some wacky comedy?) but it is nevertheless still quite watchable. Shawn, who would collaborate with Malle on the acclaimed films "My Dinner With Andre" and "Vanya on 42nd Street", is very funny as the forever-eating Turtle and Penn is amusing in a dumb hood role he would practically resume for "We're No Angels", another film with a great director, writer and cast that would be a critical and commercial failure. No film made by Malle could be truly bad, and this isn't, but it is neither as quirky or funny as it wants to be.


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