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Crackers (1984)




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A remake of Big Deal on Madonna Street, this crime-caper 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 aspiring musician of sorts (Sean Penn), the eccentric meter-maid Maxine (Christine Baranski), a safe-cracker (Irwin Corey), and others. Then one day Weslake gets the idea to break into Garvey's safe and make off with a few valuables just for the fun of it. Everyone agrees, and the plot goes on unhindered by motivation or ethics.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Fiskin, Jeffrey Allen Fiskin
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Universal Studios


Sean Penn
as Dillard
Larry Riley
as Boardwalk
Irwin Corey
as Lazzarelli
Edouard DeSoto
as Don Fernando
Marjorie Eaton
as Mrs. O'Malley
Edward Call
as Officer Darney
Joseph Hindy
as Officer Ronnie
Charles Bouvier
as Cable man
Edouard de Soto
as Don Fernando
Ed Call
as Officer Darney
Ed Corbett
as Kurnitz
Darryl Henriques
as Irate motorist
Joe Bellan
as Immigration officer
Gary Ross
as Immigration officer
Sally Schaub
as Cosmetic Lady
Elba Montes
as Market Woman
Raymond Rios
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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Cardiac arrest finally seizes the film, after a long case of terminal whimsy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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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