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There Goes the Neighborhood (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 30 October 1992 (USA)
Willis Embry is a jail psychologist whose girlfriend has left him. He has no time to be sad because a very ill old man tells him about a robbery and the millions of dollars hidden somewhere... See full summary »

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Bill Phillips

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Bill Phillips
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Willis Embry
Catherine O'Hara ... Jessie Lodge
Hector Elizondo ... Norman Rutledge
Rhea Perlman ... Lydia Nunn
Judith Ivey ... Peedi Rutledge
Harris Yulin ... Marvin Boyd
Jonathan Banks ... Handsome Harry
Dabney Coleman ... Jeffrey Babitt
Chazz Palminteri ... Lyle Corrente
Heidi Zeigler Heidi Zeigler ... Swan Babitt
Richard Portnow ... Marty Rollins
Jeremy Piven ... Albert Lodge
William Morgan Sheppard ... Trick Bissell
Herb Mitchell ... Mr. Bratesman
Mary Gross ... Mrs. Bratesman
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Willis Embry is a jail psychologist whose girlfriend has left him. He has no time to be sad because a very ill old man tells him about a robbery and the millions of dollars hidden somewhere. The old man asks Willis to find it and give a part of it to his relative, and he can keep the rest. The bad guy next door has heard the whole thing. Written by Kornel Osvart <kornelo@alphanet.hu>

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In a cute little house on a quiet street a bunch of strangers are digging, blasting and clawing their way over each other for a piece of the action. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for one use of strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pay Dirt See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, the criminals and their two hostages are watching 48 Hrs (1982). Jonathan Banks, who plays Handsome Harry in this movie, also had a role in 48 Hrs. See more »

Goofs

In the basement, Harry rips a glass out of Peedi's hand and smashes it to the ground. A quick cut and he rips the cup out of her hand, again - this time not smashing it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
1st Burglar: [whispering] This one's unlocked.
Martha: [phone rings, answering machine picks up] Willis and Martha can't come to the phone right now. Please leave a message.
[beep]
Albert Lodge: Hey Willis... it's your wake up call. Willis, get up. Are you listening to me?
Willis Embry: [picks up] Huh?
Albert Lodge: See you in the bubble.
Willis Embry: Yeah, okay...
[hangs up and plays back his messages]
Martha: Willis, I'd tell you this in person, but as you always say, I have a fear of confrontation. I'm leaving you. I need to find my true self and I think traveling ...
[...]
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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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It's Only Natural
Written by Neil Finn and Tim Finn
Performed by Crowded House
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great cast limited laughs
21 January 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Prison psychologist Willis Embry (Jeff Daniels) is told by dying inmate Tricks about a hidden mob loot. Lyle Corrente (Chazz Palminteri) overhears the conversation and escapes with Handsome Harry (Jonathan Banks) and Marvin Boyd (Harris Yulin). They almost kill Willis. The three criminals take over the home of the Rutledges (Hector Elizondo, Judith Ivey). Willis convinces divorcee Jessie Lodge (Catherine O'Hara) to dig in her basement. Their married suburban neighbors Lydia Nunn (Rhea Perlman) and Jeffrey Babitt (Dabney Coleman) start to notice the commotion.

This is a great diverse cast. There are some good comedic actors but the laughs are limited. While it's not overtly awful, it does fall flat for the most part. Writer/director Bill Phillips struggles to put together some traditional jokes. It's a lot of slightly quirky situations in a comedic crime story that never amounts to actual laughing. Hector Elizondo's reveal is head-scratching. I don't think it works and it leaves the flow bumpy.


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