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Once Upon a Crime... (1992)

A group of bumbling Americans in Europe get mixed up in a murder while trying to collect a reward for a lost dog in this frantic farce.

Director:

Eugene Levy

Writers:

Rodolfo Sonego (story), Rodolfo Sonego (earlier screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Candy ... Augie Morosco
Jim Belushi ... Neil Schwary (as James Belushi)
Cybill Shepherd ... Marilyn Schwary
Sean Young ... Phoebe
Richard Lewis ... Julian Peters
Ornella Muti ... Elena Morosco
Giancarlo Giannini ... Inspector Bonnard
George Hamilton ... Alfonso de la Pena
Roberto Sbaratto Roberto Sbaratto ... Detective Toussaint
Joss Ackland ... Hercules Popodopoulos
Ann Way ... Housekeeper
Geoffrey Andrews Geoffrey Andrews ... Butler
Caterina Boratto ... Madame de Senneville
Elsa Martinelli ... Carla the Agent
Riccardo Parisio Perrotti Riccardo Parisio Perrotti ... Customs Officer
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Storyline

Phoebe and fellow American Julian Peters meet in Rome, find a lost dog, and agree to return it to Monte Carlo to split the five thousand dollar reward. Discovering the dog's owner dead, they panic and become fugitives. Other victims of misfortune also become suspects, as the plot twists and luck and judgment desert everyone. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Who's Who of Who-Dunnits.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criminals See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,249,740, 8 March 1992

Gross USA:

$8,669,847

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,669,847
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The late John Candy and Richard Lewis would appear together in what would tragically be Candy's last film three years later in "Wagon's East" a Western comedy where tragically Candy passed away on during filming in Mexico. See more »

Quotes

Neil Schwary: What do I have to do to get a drink in this place, fart the French national anthem?
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Connections

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it's just silly entertainment, but it's actually quite good
6 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I admit that "Once Upon a Crime" probably will not add anything to the cinematic landscape in the near future. But it's so funny. Set in Monaco, a group of unacquainted tourists (among them John Candy, Jim Belushi and Cybill Shephard) get involved in a murder plot, the answer to which may or may not be closer than they think.

If absolutely nothing else, this movie will prove that Monaco is like Las Vegas, only much more desirable in every way. And John Candy is his usual goofy self, Jim Belushi and Cybill Shephard are at each other's heels constantly, and Giancarlo Giannini plays the police chief. More or less, the whole movie is "Murder on the Orient Express" set in Monaco. I should remind you that unless you tolerate the kind of off-the-wall humor that dominated movies throughout the '80's and early '90's, you won't like "Once Upon a Crime" one bit. Otherwise, you'll have a great time.


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