Palookaville (1995)




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Three small-town Joes have trouble making ends meet, so they turn to a life of crime -- though without too much success. This low-key comedy follows their inept attempts at finding the big score that will make them rich, culminating in a goofily botched armored-car heist.
R (adult situations/language)
Comedy , Drama
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Adam Trese
as Jerry
Kim Dickens
as Laurie
Walter Bryant
as money truck driver
Douglas Seale
as old man
William Riker
as Old Arthur
Nesbitt Blaisdell
as Old Fritz
Leonard Jackson
as Bus Driver
William Duell
as Money Truck Guard
Peter McRobbie
as Chief Of Police
Stan Tracy
as Barney
Ruth Kobart
as Himself
Mario Todisco
as Gangster
Paul Austin
as Sergeant
as Himself
Sam Coppola
as Mr. Kott
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Critic Reviews for Palookaville

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Palookaville

A well-done little comedy about bumbling small-time thieves. Though it holds together well, everything is more or less variations on a well trodden theme.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Understated comedy about inept criminals featuring lesser-known actors. (Not nearly as bad as it sounds.)

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Clumsy, dim-witted comedy that manages to mess up on almost every level. It becomes wearisome within the first ten minutes at most, and it only gets worse from there. This movie forces the audience to participate in the bumblings of three despicable characters for 90 minutes. The dialogue scenes are all bizarrely directed, forcing actors to perform actions that are as unconvincing as they are stupid. This isn't funny material; it's downright desperate. Vincent Gallo (the reason I bought it) is great as always, and the same can be said for Frances McDormand. That's about all that can be said for this misfire.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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