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Disorganized Crime (1989)

Career criminal Frank plans a bank heist and sends for his buddies to help pull the job. Before his buddies arrive, he's caught, forcing his cohorts to pull the job alone. Frank soon escapes, setting off a search by the bumbling cops.

Director:

Jim Kouf

Writer:

Jim Kouf
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hoyt Axton ... Sheriff Henault
Corbin Bernsen ... Frank Salazar
Rubén Blades ... Carlos Barrios
Fred Gwynne ... Max Green
Ed O'Neill ... George Denver
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Ray Forgy
Daniel Roebuck ... Bill Lonigan
William Russ ... Nick Bartkowski
Marie Butler Marie Butler ... Wanda Brem (as Marie Butler Kouf)
Gregory Wurster Gregory Wurster ... Deputy Greg
Patrick Collins ... Deputy Monroe
Mitch Carter ... Deputy Larry
Dean Norris ... Deputy Joe
Thomas Schellenberg Thomas Schellenberg ... Deputy Jim
Robert K. Feldmann Robert K. Feldmann ... Dispatcher (as Robert Feldmann)
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Storyline

This movie places some top thiefs, looking to steal money from a bank. The All-Star cast has many blunders on the way. Meanwhile a member of their group is missing and two cops chase after him. Written by <Lemiar28@AOL.com>

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Five crooks without a plan are out to rob one bank with lots of cash. So what's the hold-up? See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Message from Salazar See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,840,166, 16 April 1989

Gross USA:

$7,723,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,723,506
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cable)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real estate office and the courthouse were amongst the real locations that Writer/Director Jim Kouf used around where he was living for the shoot. See more »

Goofs

The car driven by detectives Denver, and Lonigan is referred to as a "White Chrysler" by Denver, however in every scene it is seen to be a Ford Crown Victoria. See more »

Quotes

George Denver: [George is crossing river when he loses his clothes] AH AH AH AH AH! My fucking clothes! In the fucking river!
Bill Lonigan: [chasing after clothes] Ah shit.
George Denver: Son of a BITCH!
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Soundtracks

Mind's Eye
Written & Performed by Charles Fleischer
Produced by Michael Mugrage
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Very entertaining caper comedy.
24 November 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The efforts of a talented ensemble make all the difference in this movie from screenwriter / director Jim Kouf (who'd written the 1987 hit "Stakeout", among other things). It brings together a motley collection of big city criminals for a bank job in a small Montana town. This job is the brainchild of career crook Frank Salazar (Corbin Bernsen) who is arrested almost right away by a pair of New Jersey detectives, George Denver (Ed O'Neill) and Bill Lonigan (Daniel Roebuck). So Franks' team is left to figure things out and pull off the job on their own - if they can manage not to kill each other, as the sparks fly between them. The team consists of Max Green (Fred Gwynne), Carlos Barrios (Ruben Blades), Ray Forgy (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Nick Bartkowski (William Russ), Nick turning out to be an enormous pain in the ass for the other three. Frank manages to escape from George and Bill, who both turn out to be pretty stupid, and goes on a lengthy trek to get back to the hideout, while Max, Carlos, and Ray have their work cut out for them trying to repair the damage that Nick does. The major appeal of the movie lies, as previously said, in seeing these actors at work, and they make for an agreeable bunch of unlikely comrades. Gwynne is especially effective as the old pro among the thieves, and O'Neill deserves some sort of good sport prize for doing as many scenes as he does while not wearing pants. However, Hoyt Axton is rather wasted as the local sheriff. As the story plays out, one can hardly keep from feeling somewhat bad for Frank, who truly gets a raw deal. Another benefit is seeing a variety of very urban types in a very rural setting. One can tell this was actually shot on real Montana locations, and the non-Hollywood setting is refreshing. David Newmans' score is flavourful, and the photography is first rate. The movie doesn't necessarily deliver lots of belly laughs, but should generate some appreciative smiles as it bases itself on placing various characters in untenable situations. There are some good lines here and there, and there's one great farcical sequence where George is trying to cross a river. The climactic scene of Max and Nick breaking into the bank vault is a fun one, and it's not hard to root for them at this point. Ending on a high note (if also a fairly childish one), "Disorganized Crime" holds up fairly well 23 years later and moves forward at a good clip. Eight out of 10.


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