Vincent Gallo


Alan Taylor
USA 1995
92 min

Palookaville, Alan Taylors sly, loping comedy about three unemployed buddies who prove to be the most inept thieves ever to hack their way through a brick wall, is set in contemporary Jersey City. But the drab, working-class world they inhabit with surprisingly good cheer feels more like a small Italian town in the 1950s than a decaying industrial city of today. The three friends arent hankering to make a big score. As one of them observes, crime is just »a momentary shift in life style» until they can find jobs. Instead of amassing a cache of machine guns, they plan to use toy pistols.
As Palookaville shuffles along toward the kind of sweetly ironic ending that used to be a staple of European caper films, its old-time movie nostalgia and goofy sense of fun gel into something featherweight but diverting, with a skewed charm all its own.
(Stephen Holden)

  • William Forsythe - Sid Dunleavy
  • Vincent Gallo - Russell Pataki
  • Adam Trese - Jerry
  • Gareth Williams - Ed, der Polizist
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton - Betty
  • Bridgit Ryan - Enid
  • Kim Dickens - Laurie
  • David Epstein
  • John Thomas
  • Steve Hamilton
  • David Leonard
  • Rachel Portman
  • Anne Stuhler
  • Katherine Jane Bryant
Playhouse International Pictures

Samuel Goldwyn Films 1133 Broadway, # 926 New York, NY 10010, USA

Polyfilm Verleih Margaretenstraße 78 1050 Wien T 1 581 39 00 20
35 mm
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