Crackers (1984)

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A remake of Pigeon by Mario Monicelli, but set on the streets of San Francisco in a contemporary America instead of Italy in the '50s, this comedy about a conspiratorial heist of a greedy pawnbroker has excellent acting and good light fun but not much in the way of character motivation. Weslake (Donald Sutherland) is unemployed and has reason to frequent the pawnshop of his money-hungry friend Garvey (Jack Warden). People come and go around the shop (almost the only setting for the action): an … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Allen Fiskin
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Universal Studios

Cast


as Dillard

as Garvey

as Turtle

as Boardwalk

as Lazzarelli

as Don Fernando

as Mrs. O'Malley

as Officer Darney

as Officer Ronnie

as Cable man

as Don Fernando

as Officer Darney

as Kurnitz

as Irate motorist

as Immigration officer

as Immigration officer

as Cosmetic Lady

as Market Woman

as Painter
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

This was planned for John Belushi, who died before it could get off the ground and might have made the whole thing worth doing.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
Chicago Reader
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Basically consists of a wide assortment of character riffs which are offbeat enough to provide moderate moment-to-moment amusement but don't create a great deal of comic impact.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Cardiac arrest finally seizes the film, after a long case of terminal whimsy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Proves that with the right material an intelligent director of demonstrated style and a cast of thoroughly accomplished comic actors can make as painfully witless a comedy as any knucklehead on the block.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Despite the predictability of the story, there might have been moments of mirth had director Malle been able to sustain a narrative. Since viewers don't care a whit for anyone in it, the picture implodes in its own cynicism.

Full Review… | March 11, 2015
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