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Small Time Crooks (2000)

Woody Allen , Tracey Ullman , Woody Allen  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant, Carolyn Saxon, Michael Rapaport
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, J.E. Beaucaire, Jack Rollins, Jean Doumanian
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Small Time Crooks" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Woody Allen's star-powered comedy follows the misadventures of an ex-con dishwasher and his manicurist wife. Their get-rich-quick scheme to rob a bank leave the characters rolling in dough--but not the kind they had in mind.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comedy By Woody Allen! January 10, 2003
This movie is downright silly, and I loved every second of it! It's good to see Woody Allen writing, directing, and acting in a comedy movie. So much has been made about this man's personal life that people forget his professional talents.
Woody Allen and Tracy Ullman play a husband and wife in the style of Fred & Ethel Mertz of "I Love Lucy". They constantly bicker at each other, but it still remains an obviously loving relationship.
As the movie begins, Allen's character, Ray, is an ex-con who works as a dish washer, and Ullman plays his manicurist wife, Frenchy. They have exactly $6,000 between them, and they've decided to pool their money with other partners in order to execute a plan to rob a bank. They rent a storefront that neighbors the bank and plan on digging a tunnel from the store to inside the bank's vault. The storefront is turned into a cookie shop as a cover for their operation. The bank robbery idea goes sour, but ironically, the cookie shop flourishes, and the next thing you know, Ray and Frenchy are heading up their own giant cookie corporation. Frenchy decides that she'd like to join the ranks of the classy elite, so she buddies with an art dealer (played by Hugh Grant) and asks him to teach her how to live a lifestyle of affluence. Ray wants no part of this lifestyle, and his relationship with Frenchy begins to suffer. By the end of the movie, their cookie empire crumbles and Frenchy finds out that the art dealer is using her for her money, so Ray and Frenchy must come together again to salvage some money and escape to Florida.
All of this seems like alot to cram into a movie that's only 95 minutes long, but it all happens very fast, and in a very comical way. Woody Allen and Tracy Ullman are great in their roles, and the supporting cast complements them very nicely. This movie is a definite must-see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! December 14, 2000
This is actually a great comedy of woody allen. I must confess I'm a fan of his movies, but I assure this is one you should not miss.
Woody plays an ex-con who decides to rob a bank. He tries to convince his wife, a manicurist, to spend their money buying an old street shop, so that he and his friends could dig a tunnel, which would supposedly lead them to a bank safety. In order to make it not suspicious, he asks her to sell cookies during the day.However, the cookies shop becomes very popular in the neighborhood and woody and his wife suddenly become noveau rich.
One year later, they are living a new life style, rounded by intelectuals, artists and socialites. In an effort to acquire some culture, the couple hires Hugh Grant to teach them good social manners, and this is the moment the film becomes hilarious. Woody was perfect, as always, playing a rude guy who'd rather watch TV eating chips than going to operas and museums. Besides woody, it's worth watching Elaine May, who plays a clueless cousin of woody's wife.
I also recommend you pay attention to woody's house decoration. In the living room, he had tigers, ancient objects and even an harp! Totally awesome!
This is a movie everyone should see! Inteligent and funny!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and engaging, if not Woody's best December 22, 2003
This comedy caper is by no means among Woody Allen's best, nor the most consistently funny, but it nevertheless entertains. Allen and Ullmann manage to make the central characters warm enough to engage our affections.
Often it is said that Woody cannot do physical comedy, but there are some delightfully amusing moments herein that belie such a criticism, such as Woody's bungled attempts to sneak upstairs at a party to commit a robbery without being noticed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Helen
This is such a funny movie. Woody Allen and his partners in crime play up their bumbling idiot characters so well! Tracey Ullman is a genius - She can play any character and make it believable.
This rags to riches to rags story is funny and heartwarming and just fun to watch. This was also the first time I saw Hugh Grant playing such a loathsome character - he was great! What can I say about Elaine May except she is so good that it looks like she's not even acting!
The comedic acting was very good in this movie and I can't wait to own it on DVD so I can sit back and enjoy over and over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Allen's best in recent years August 11, 2002
Ray and Frenchy (Woody Allen and Tracey Ullman) try to rob a bank but inadvertantly earn an honest fortune in the attempt. Their marraige becomes strained when Frenchy tries to grow into the role of a cultured New York society matron while Ray pines for the simple pleasures he once enjoyed. The dialogue is sharply written by Allen, who surrounds himself with a wonderful cast. This is one of his minor films, but it is very enjoyable. There are not too many big laughs but lots of smiles.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Woody's best in a long time December 29, 2000
A group of incompetent crooks fail miserably at their latest scheme, but unintentionally find fabulous success in a totally different venture, which leads to its own complications.
Not since the late 80s with Crimes and Misdemeanors has Allen created such a tightly-crafted and totally natural film. The jump cutting is gone, the shaky camera is nowhere to be seen, the obscure artistic allusions completely absent. Instead, Allen packs this little gem with one of the best ensemble casts he's had in years, including the amazingly-talented Tracey Ullman (who seems to have been made to play opposite Woody), the endearingly idiosyncratic Elaine May (another Allen first) and the sophisticated straight foil Hugh Grant.
Critics heralding the return of the early and funny Allen fail to notice that this isn't exactly a nostalgic trip through the world of Bananas or Love and Death. On the contrary, patches of warmth and sweetness are all over the place -- sure there are more sight gags here than in his last five films combined, but sympathetic and believable characterization is also here in buckets. Think of it as a funnier, less earnest Hannah and Her Sisters, sure to become one of its director's most beloved films in years to come. And finally there is some justice in the world, for not only is this his best film in a decade, it's also his most financially successful in years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Time Crooks (VHS)
We got the tape which plays good, thanks! Kids like it! thank you very much and have a good day!
Published 5 months ago by Mai P. Pham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
In my opinion this is Woody Allen's best movie. I can watch this over and over.
Published 5 months ago by JamesD
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Not Woody's best flick but decent acting, writing and his usually very good cinematography but nothing unexpected a good commedy to while away a free afternoon.
Published 15 months ago by Dan T. L.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Small Time Crooks" is hard to find.
"Small Time Crooks" is one of Woody Allen's minor masterpieces. The performances of Tracey Ullman and Elaine May are gems. Yet the DVD is rare and hard to find. Read more
Published 22 months ago by James Sibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is one of my favorite Woody Allen films. It's one of his heist movies which ordinarily doesn't interest me as much as his human nature relationship films. Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Small Film by one of the Masters
Even a dozen years ago, Woody Allen had achieved the rare status of being a movie maker who did not have to come up with a Hamlet or Glass Menagerie every time out. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming movie
Part of a nice trinity with Hollywood Ending and Curse of the Jade Scorpion. I dig the laid back feel of these movies with the quick zingers and an overarching storyline that... Read more
Published on April 12, 2010 by EugeSchu
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Funny Woody Allen Movie
This movie was recommended to me by a friend since my wife is starting up a baking business. It's a cute Woody Allen movie with all the great comic relief I expected. Read more
Published on February 14, 2010 by trinitykid
5.0 out of 5 stars F U N N Y......F U N N Y.......F__U__N__N__Y_!!!!! : )
First, let me say I am NOT a Woody Allen fan. I find far too
many of his films to be embarrassing and forced. However,
there is always an exception to the rule.... Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by Patricia
4.0 out of 5 stars Ullman Matches Allen
I'm not always a big fan of Woody Allen's films but he and Tracey Ullman make a great pair in this 95-minute farce. Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Craig Connell
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