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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Johnny Hallyday, Renaud, Saïd Taghmaoui
  • Directors: Brad Mirman
  • Writers: Brad Mirman
  • Producers: Gary Howsam, Jamie Brown, Jim Reeve, Juan Montilla Eslava, Lewin Webb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E32WV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crime Spree" on IMDb

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These guys were given one last chance to pull off a job without screwing up. Guess what happened? Chicago's biggest mob boss doesn't like being robbed, and he's out for blood. So are the guys whose car got stolen as the gang's getaway vehicle. And then there's the dirty federal agent and the double-dealing crime lord who handed them the assignment. If they get out of this alive, it'll be a miracle. A mob hit starring Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction") and Gerard Depardieu ("The Man in the Iron Mask.")

Customer Reviews

Very funny movie!
Robert Kiehm
I didn't see anything to laugh about, not even anything to make me smile.
Hitch
I watched the first 10 minutes of this movie.
Steve Bell

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "velurion" on January 15, 2004
Format: DVD
I don't know how I stumbled onto this DVD, but my blind purchase (I do that sometimes) was a success. There are some moments in this movie that are laugh-out-loud funny. All of the French actors in this film are legends in France for one reason or another (some of them are famous music artists) and the nearly always excellent Harvey Keitel and Abe Vigoda also star.
The French thieves appear to be bumbling idiots at first, but despite appearances they get it together as the movie progresses, so don't expect non-stop slapstick humour. The laughs are sometimes in the more subtle situation-comedy moments. There are some tense and surprisingly violent scenes too. At times the script was clichéd ("you must either be brave or very stupid to be here") and I also felt like a better editor could have salvaged some of the jokes (and punchlines)...there were a few times where there were pauses before or after a joke that felt a bit too: oh i see, you want me to laugh now, right?. I also dislike the premise in movies, where everyone is a potential traitor (which is a cheap and easy way for allowing lots of plot twists to complicate things).
The DVD: Nothing except for the director & producer commentary, which is, by the way, very interesting. And I don't mean that in a good way. I advise you to NOT listen to the commentary, because you may suddenly notice a lot more flaws in the film that more seasoned directors (who, granted, probably would have bigger budgets) would have not let go unnoticed. The director/writer Brad Mirman is not a dumb guy, but he's clearly inexperienced and perhaps a bit too pleased with his (debut?) film -- ie. 'oh I love this next scene'.
Look past my complaints, this film has a fresh and funny approach on a tired (mafia & fish out of water) theme, with funny and inspired performances all round. Recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2004
Format: DVD
God, this movie is funny.
There is one thing I would like to point out: Many people refer to this as a foreign film, and I guess technically it is since it was made by a Canadian company, but I feel this is misleading and many people will think it is a foreign language film, when it is not. The first few minutes of the movie are in French with English subtitles, but after that the entire movie (except for one scene) is in English.
I have to say that making an English-speaking film with French actors was a gamble - but it was a gamble that pays off big-time. These guys are so funny they reduce you to tears. Crime Spree is a unique twist on an old genre. I highly recommend it for everyone who like to laugh.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gilman on December 21, 2004
Format: DVD
An amusing crime-based comedy that runs the gauntlet of robbery, murder, blackmail, and a surprisingly amusing phonesex moment. The acting is wonderfully done, one the best roles I believe Abe Vigoda has been offered.

Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, and Renaud pull off their characters flawlessly, which is saying something because they're dark characters that are injecting some serious comedy.

In the end, everyone involved with this movie should definately be proud of their effort, because it's definately worth seeing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie had me on the floor. I can't remeber the last time I laughed so much watching a comedy. Gerard is hysterical and Harvey Keitel is a fantastic. The story is very clever. A group of dim-witted French thieves are sent to Chicago to steal a necklace and end up going to the wrong house and robbing the head of the mafia (Keitel). From there things get worse as our French heros struggle to get out of the windy city and find their way home. There are several scenes where you'll find yourself laughing out loud... especially when Keitel calls
his number one on the phone (see the movie and you'll know what I mean). The acting is great and the cast seems to have had a great time making it. All in all, this film does exactly what it's supposed to do: Entertains and makes you laugh.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lady Raven RAVE! VINE VOICE on May 19, 2006
Format: DVD
A hillarious spoof of the Godfather, et al with Harvey Keital as a mobster, and Gerard DePerdeau as french crook trying to get back to France alive, after he and his co-horts accidently kidnap mobster keitel. WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED truly a funny movie

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These guys were given one last chance to pull off a job without screwing up. Guess what happened? Chicago's biggest mob boss doesn't like being robbed, and he's out for blood. So are the guys whose car got stolen as the gang's getaway vehicle. And then there's the dirty federal agent and the double-dealing crime lord who handed them the assignment. If they get out of this alive, it'll be a miracle. A mob hit starring Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction") and Gerard Depardieu ("The Man in the Iron Mask.")
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2004
Format: DVD
If you enjoyed watching likeable wannabe crooks bumble around in movies like "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock, and two Smoking Barrels," this movie belongs in the same bin. Not as good in my opinion, but still really funny.
A bunch of entry-level criminals from France can't ever do anything right, so their boss sends them to Chicago for one last chance at a big job. This job goes worse than their previous work, and they find themselves at odds with the Chicago mafia (led by Harvey Keitel and Abe Vigoda) and a street gang.
The plot is not as twisted and surprising as other movies, but it's original as far as I can tell. You might guess at what is going to happen if you are one of those types trying to figure it out, but at least you won't feel like you are watching something you have already seen, and you will laugh all the way. On the other hand, people like me will be thrilled all the way.
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