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Small Time Crooks (19-May-2000)

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Producer: Jean Doumanian

Keywords: Crime/Comedy, Romance, Bank Robbery

A hack crook and his wife experience messy success when a cover business for a bank heist unexpectedly becomes a legitimately profitable enterprise.

ABSTRACT
Dishwasher-cum-dopey criminal Ray hatches a convoluted scheme to rob a bank by re-opening a nearby pizza joint and digging through to their target; his manicurist wife is much more gifted with cookies than pizza, however, compelling Ray to turn the restaurant into a cookie shop. Awkward trouble arises when the shop is a runaway success, turning Ray's team into legitimate businesspeople flush with cash that other local businesses appear poised to expose.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Woody Allen
Film Director
1-Dec-1935   Annie Hall
Hugh Grant
Actor
9-Sep-1960   Four Weddings and a Funeral
George Grizzard
Actor
1-Apr-1928 2-Oct-2007 Advise and Consent
Steve Kroft
Journalist
22-Aug-1945   60 Minutes
Jon Lovitz
Comic
21-Jul-1957   Yeaaaah, that's the ticket!
Elaine May
Comic
21-Apr-1932   Wrote and directed Ishtar
Isaac Mizrahi
Fashion Designer
14-Oct-1961   Unzipped
Michael Rapaport
Actor
20-Mar-1970   Zebrahead
Elaine Stritch
Actor
2-Feb-1925 17-Jul-2014 Two's Company
Tracey Ullman
Comic
30-Dec-1959   The Tracey Ullman Show

CAST

Starring
Woody Allen   ...   Ray
Tony Darrow   ...   Tommy
Hugh Grant   ...   David
George Grizzard   ...   George Blint
Jon Lovitz   ...   Benny
Elaine May   ...   May
Michael Rapaport   ...   Denny
Elaine Stritch   ...   Chi Chi Potter
Tracey Ullman   ...   Frenchy
Co-Starring
Scotty Bloch   ...   Edgar's Wife
Brian Markinson   ...   Cop
Douglas McGrath   ...   Frenchy's Lawyer
Peter McRobbie   ...   Frenchy's Lawyer
Isaac Mizrahi   ...   Winklers' Chef
Kristine Nielsen   ...   Emily Bailey
Larry Pine   ...   Charles Bailey
Carolyn Saxon   ...   Candy Salesperson
Sam Josepher   ...   Real Estate Agent
Lawrence Levy   ...   Dynamite Dealer
Diane Bradley   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Crystal Field   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Cindy Carver   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Ray Garvey   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Bill Gerber   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Olivia Hayman   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Laurine Towler   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Fanda Nikic   ...   Cookie Store Customer
Dana Tyler   ...   TV News Reporter
Steve Kroft   ...   Himself
Brian McConnachie   ...   Paul Milton
Riccardo Bertoni   ...   Winklers' Butler
Julie Lund   ...   Linda Rhinelander
Teri Black   ...   Winkler Party Guest
John Doumanian   ...   Winkler Party Guest
Phyllis Burdoe   ...   Winkler Party Guest
Maurice Sonnenberg   ...   Garth Steinway
Richard Mawe   ...   Anthony Gwynne
Karla Wolfangle   ...   Modern Dance Performer
Rob Besserer   ...   Modern Dance Performer
Frank Wood   ...   Oliver
Ruth Laredo   ...   Concert Pianist
Julie Halston   ...   Concert Party Guest
Anthony Sinopoli   ...   Frenchy's Chauffeur
Jesse Levy   ...   Church Cellist
Josephine Calabrese   ...   Churchgoer
Cindy Wilks   ...   Churchgoer
Trevor Moran   ...   Churchgoer
Howard Erskine   ...   Langston Potter
Christine Pipgras   ...   Potter Party Guest
Nick Garfinkle   ...   Potter Party Guest
Kenneth Edelson   ...   Potter Party Guest
Ira Wheeler   ...   Potter Party Guest
William Hill   ...   Potter Party Guest
Ramsey Faragallah   ...   Potter's Waiter
Marvin Chatinover   ...   Dr. Henske

REVIEWS

Review by Larry W. Yother (posted on 17-Jul-2007)

You might or might not feel cheated if you paid whatever-bucks to see this in a megaplex, but on television it's just the ticket. It moves along nicely with only the occasional lag, the characters are appealing, the plot is semi-plausible by Woody Allen standards, and there are some good laughs. This is a Woody Allen romantic comedy, which isn't quite a traditional romantic comedy, which means by definition it's light, airy, and has a happy ending. The ending is perfectly in keeping with the tone of the whole movie. And Elaine May, one of my favorites from many years ago, is an absolute delight. Pick it up from your local video place, if you haven't seen it, and enjoy.


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