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Comedy - Family

Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Charles Shyer, Nancy Meyers, Steve Kluger
Additional Info Story by Rodolfo Sonego, earlier screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego, Giorgio Arlorio, Stefano Strucchi, Luciano Vincenzoni
Director Eugene Levy
Starring John Candy, James Beluchi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young, Richard Lewis, Ornelia Muti, Giancario Giannini, George Hamilton, Joss Ackland
Elevator Pitch Three couples are drawn together by circumstances to be accused in turn of the murder of a rich widow. The first couple have found her dog, and have travelled to Monte Carlo to claim the reward. The second are Americans on holiday, the husband, a gambler, more or less accidentally stealing a suitcase containing the body of the murdered woman. The third couple, another American, with a glamourous wife also gambles and could also be the murderer, but in order to   provide himself with an alibi must accept the fact that his wife has been screwing a gigolo.
Content Couple No 1 bicker about the ownership of the dog but finally get on a train together to return it. Couple No 2 argue and fight, and shout a lot. Then there are extensive scenes in the casino as the gamblers gamble and something unusual happens, and a lot more shouting. Then there is the investigation and some time spent in the dead woman’s villa. No sex, drinking, drugs or nudity.
A View Shortly after release this awful movie sank from view, only to resurface on “free” TV the other day. It was not saved by the presence of Ornelia Muti the hotest thing in the cult outing Flash Gordon. So due to the terrible script, the bad acting and worst of all, the awful third act I am making it a “Don’t See”. The following 25 years have produced more watchable comedies.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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