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Picking Up the Pieces

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A sleepy Mexican town is turned upside down when a hand found by the side of the road begins granting miracles! Soon thousands are flocking to the local church to see the miraculous hand of the "Madonna." Woody Allen (Small Time Crooks, Deconstructing Harry, Mighty Aphrodite), David Schwimmer ("Friends," Apt Pupil, Six Days Seven Nights), Kiefer Sutherland (A Time to Kill, A Few Good Men, The Three Musketeers), Cheech Marin (Desperado, Tin Cup, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Maria Grazia Cucinotta (The World Is Not Enough, Il Postino) star in this hilarious comedy that's "not afraid to point the finger!"

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Woody Allen stars in Picking Up the Pieces, playing a butcher named Tex who cuts up his adulterous wife (played by Sharon Stone) in a jealous rage. On his way to bury the pieces, he loses her hand on the side of the road, where it's found by a blind woman--and miraculously gives her back her sight. Before long, the hand has become a religious relic, drawing huge crowds to the small town of El Nino, New Mexico, and testing the faithlessness of a straying priest (David Schwimmer), who's in love with the town's leading prostitute (Maria Gracia Cucinotta, from Il Postino). Add to this a corrupt mayor (Cheech Marin), a lawman named Bobo (Kiefer Sutherland), who's committed to getting Tex behind bars, a trio of investigators from the Vatican (Elliott Gould, Andy Dick, and Fran Drescher), and you've got... well, it's hard to say what. Director Alfonso Arau previously made the wonderful Like Water for Chocolate, and although Picking Up the Pieces has a similar magical-realism flavor, it doesn't quite come together. The movie does have a genial, raffish atmosphere and a bizarre cast, all of whom are having a good time. Arau himself plays a small role with great charm. --Bret Fetzer

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Product Details

  • Actors: Woody Allen, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, David Schwimmer, Kiefer Sutherland
  • Directors: Alfonso Arau
  • Writers: Bill Wilson
  • Producers: Paul L. Sandberg
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WI55
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pellaca on June 16, 2011
Format: DVD
This has just got to be one of the funniest dark comedies ever made! Alternately satirical and sweet, hilarious, and insightful. Almost no institution is safe from the satire- but religion, moral hypocrisy & good old human greed are the primary targets, artfully intertwined into a very clever and entertaining story line.

It is also one of the few movies featuring Woody Allen that he didn't write & direct. But the cast (as well as the plot) has as much variety as a typical Allen flik-- David Schwimmer, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Southerland, Cheech Marin, Andy Dick, Fran Drescher, and the gorgeous Maria Grazia Cucinotta, to name a few.

In reading the negative reviews for this flik, it would seem that thinly-disguised (or even overt) "moral indignation" over the subject matter is the main reason for their discontent. Hmm. Methinks they doth protest a bit too much? Can't help but wonder how many of these folks would have the same viewpoint about "The Trouble with Harry", "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Eating Raoul", "Manhattan Murder Mystery", or any of the myriad of other dark comedies about murder and its aftermath.

Oh, but right-- THOSE flix don't make fun of religion... and its mindless, mercenary followers. Hits a few sore spots, does it?

Of course, one would have to excuse anyone who's had a family member or friend that was killed, for finding the movie distasteful... but then, ANY flick about murder would be out of bounds for them, light comedy or otherwise. Everyone else needs to revisit the definition of "dark comedy", before bitching and whining so much. This film is really, really funny!

Oh, and for the guy who said "stupidity is not funny". . .
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CinemaNET on September 18, 2000
Format: DVD
Mexican Director Alfonso Arau provides an exquisite movie. We could say it's a "mystical comedy", that mixes magical reality with fearless satire. An ironic piece, mainly about religion in a small town in New Mexico.
With an extraordinary cast that includes David Schwimmer ("Friends"), María Grazia Cucinotta, Cheech Marin, Kiefer Sutherland, Angélica Aragón, Alfonso Arau, Sharon Stone and Woody Allen, "Picking Up the Pieces" provides really cutting edge humor, not for everybody's taste.
Due to distribution problems, the movie was not released in theaters. It was shown on Cinemax for a few months, but it was originally intended for the big screen. Therefore, this DVD version is actually the closest chance for the public to enjoy it as it was conceived.
This independent film was produced by the Kushner-Locke Company, and it's about a kosher butcher (Woody Allen playing as Woody Allen) sick and tired of his unfaithful wife (Stone), up to the point where he kills her and cuts her into pieces. On his way to bury her remains he loses a hand, that is found by a blind woman that recovers sight. From then on the hand performs all kind of miracles among the unhabitants of "El Niño".
A very original "piece" you should "pick up".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doug Kidd on October 15, 2007
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Only A Genious could make such a creative and funny movie as this. It stars Sharon Stone, Woody Allen, Kiefer Sutherland, Cheech Marrin and alot of other great actors, who all together make this side splitting humer work. and I would recomend it to everyone.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Meyer on December 17, 2001
Format: DVD
First off, this movie is not for people who are easily offended by a story that contains some sacrelige and stereotype. But these are the elements that make the movie funny! While disjointed at times, the story is entertaining and 100% original!
The cast (which includes several "latino" actors), is amazing and Woody Allen is, as always, hilariously neurotic!. For those who understand how powerful and self-effacing comedy works, "Picking Up The Pieces" is a masterpiece...There is absolutely no mean-spirited humor here.Underneath all the unordothox humor & "stereotype"lies a study in human faith, dignity, & morality...Oh yes, Cheech Marin has made his share of "stereotype" movies...Remember Cheech & Chong?Come on people lighten up!
For those who question how this cast was assmembled...the DVD has short interviews where the actors (Latinos AND non-Latinos),say they made this film for two main reasons...First, because of the uniqueness of the script, and second, the chance to work with the great Woody Allen....
I gave this film only four stars because the sound quality was not very good. The dialogue often sounded like it was recorded at low levels,making it quite difficult to understand...I'm grateful that the DVD had English subtitles, as I used them so I wouldn't miss a thing...No one can enjoy a film if they're straining to understand what the actors are saying.
This film deserves a wider audience...for those who don't "get" this film, please watch the last ten seconds where Woody Allen's character sums it all up by saying "If you can't take a joke.....$#@@.... yourself!.........This is a totally original, funny, dark, twisted, comedy..a must see ! P.S. I am part Latino and I LOVED IT!!
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