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      Palookaville

      R Released Oct 25, 1996 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy List
      64% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 63% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Sid (William Forsythe), Russell (Vincent Gallo) and Jerry (Adam Trese) are three friends in New Jersey who are struggling for money. After deciding that crime is the answer to their problems, they plan a jewelry store theft -- only to mistakenly break into a bakery next door. The three men go straight, believing they are not suited to crime. As their financial woes continue, however, they eventually agree on what they feel is a flawless scheme to rob an armored car. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Could've been better A lot of these characters are not that likable The actual heist doesn't happen until the last 10 min No actual comedy here sad to say It should've focused more on the criminals and less about their personal lives The ending is actually kind of a funny twist given what was presented before being these guys want to walk away with a huge score The movie loses a lot of its edge fast just begging for the viewer to get to the good stuff Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Three witless cons, who can't straighten up their lives, look for a crime and end up with a bad idea for a hold up on an armoured truck. Palookaville is an entertaining and quirky romp with European flavours, and while the unexpected feelgood ending is somewhat disappointing and the plot and character developments do not always gel in the best of way, it's still fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing and so funny. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie is sooooo corny like apparent I missed something cause I didn't see the point or purpose. & the ending was kinda of a cliff hanger.... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Sorely underrated. Definitely watch this is you've spare time and bump into it; is as funny as it is violent... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Palookaville understands a kind of low-key humor based on human nature. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Steve Davis Austin Chronicle Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Susan Stark Detroit News Rated: 4/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Taylor's charming comedy owes its existence to Fellini's I Vitelloni and Barry Levinson's Diner. Rated: B+ Jun 18, 2011 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 2/5 Oct 9, 2005 Full Review Michelle Alexandria Eclipse Magazine Rated: 2/5 Mar 26, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Sid (William Forsythe), Russell (Vincent Gallo) and Jerry (Adam Trese) are three friends in New Jersey who are struggling for money. After deciding that crime is the answer to their problems, they plan a jewelry store theft -- only to mistakenly break into a bakery next door. The three men go straight, believing they are not suited to crime. As their financial woes continue, however, they eventually agree on what they feel is a flawless scheme to rob an armored car.
      Director
      Alan Taylor
      Distributor
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Rating
      R (Language)
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 25, 1996, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 1, 2003
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $342.4K