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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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Trivia

One of the film's main movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "Louis Malle. His films have touched the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere, and the critics agree. "One of the most important filmmakers of his generation," says the New York Times. "Malle's movies champion the discreet charm of unconventionality," cheers The Saturday Review. He is the popularly acclaimed director of Pretty Baby (1978) and My Dinner with Andre (1981), and received an Academy Award nomination for his directorial efforts in Atlantic City (1980). Now, Louis Malle serves up a slice of American life, and the laughs are on us. Crackers (1984). The comedy that dreams the American scheme.". See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

City Boy Lover
Written by Bill Summers (uncredited) and Scott Roberts (uncredited)
Performed by Bill Summers & Summers Heat
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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How To Blow A Chiseler's Safe Safely And Not Blow Your Cover
2 September 2004 | by CharlesPeterWatsonSee all my reviews

The Watergate break-in ran smoother than the operation executed in this flick. Of course, to get an inexperienced crew from all walks of street life (a family pimp, a musical hick and his vato, a hungry bum, and a chief conspirator with a fantasy-fulfilling meter maid girlfriend) to work together to get a pawn dealer's suspected lode from a locked safe and not have the police bust you is dicey if the musical hick had not built the store alarm with the skill level he had to operate nitroglycerin on a building beam as if he were lighting a Christmas tree. This is why his vato doesn't want him near his sister as well as it being his sister. It is somewhat more understandable than the family pimp falling for a maid who pursues a chance at prostitution and is dissuaded by the pimp. "Crackers" is a business sector misadventure set in a not-so-bustling city .


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