Picking Up the Pieces (2000)





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A crime of passion unwittingly leads to a "miracle" in this satirical comedy. Tex (Woody Allen) is a butcher who is married to Candy (Sharon Stone), a former exotic dancer who has no skill or enthusiasm for fidelity. Unhappy with her extramarital affairs, Tex kills Candy while performing a "sawing the woman in half" trick with her during a magic show. Tex tries to bury the pieces of Candy's body on the outskirts of town before anyone can find out the trick was real, but he makes the mistake of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Wilson
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On DVD: May 22, 2001
Artisan Entertainment



as Father Leo Jerome

as Sister Frida

as Father Buñuel

as Mayor Machado

as Officer Alfonso

as Father LaCage

as Sediento

as Doctor Amado
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Critic Reviews for Picking Up the Pieces

All Critics (4)

Not BAD, just too damn weird!

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Apollo Guide

It's a strictly for the pits film, but it did get in a few good body punches on the church.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 1, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Picking Up the Pieces

The biggest mystery about "PIcking Up the Pieces" is why such a bewildering array of well-known actors signed up for this silly, sacrilegious farce. The cast is like the head table at a celebrity roast: Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, David Schwimmer, Fran Drescher, Elliott Gould, Eddie Griffin, Cheech Marin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andy Dick and Lou Diamond Phillips are all hamming it up and vying for screen time, but their talents are mostly wasted on broad characterizations and cheap jokes. Sutherland and his ever-nimble toothpick have a ball and come off quite well, but other thankless roles just suggest the acting community really, really loved "Like Water for Chocolate" (also directed by Alfonso Arau).

The main allure of "Picking Up the Pieces" is seeing Woody Allen in a rare appearance as a hired actor, though he's playing a nebbish part which he might as well have written himself. Allen portrays a Texas butcher who kills and dismembers his floozy wife (Stone), then trucks across the border to secretly bury her in the titular "pieces." He loses her hand in transport, but a blind woman (literally) stumbles on it and magically regains her sight. This leads to her tiny village enshrining the hand (extended middle finger and all), while an ethically shaky priest (Schwimmer) struggles with his conscience. More and more healing miracles occur, and the town becomes a cash-cow tourist trap. Meanwhile, Allen hears about the lost hand's notoriety and plots to steal back the evidence. The resulting complications are predictable (the sight gags involving enlarged breasts and penises are especially crass), but the film is plenty of fun anyway. Book it along with Alex Cox's "Straight to Hell" for a midnight double feature.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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Dang, I used to like this movie, when I saw it again, I was a bit disappointed at how limited it was. I remember it being a bit deeper and meaningful lol. At least theres a happy ending.

the story about the prostitute and the priest was the best part of the movie. woody allen is just boring and kiefer sutherland and cheech marin dont do anything. none of the people make any sense! its soooo not deep! the prostitute and priest are the only thing that make this movie worth watching!

Lisa Shaw

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