V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

PALOOKAVILLE

V' 03

PALOOKAVILLE

Alan Taylor
USA, 1995
92min, OmdU

PALOOKAVILLE

Alan Taylor
USA, 1995
, 92min, OmdU

Actors: 
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
Screenplay: 
David Epstein
Sound: 
Steve Hamilton
Camera: 
John Thomas
Editor: 
David Leonard
Composer: 
Rachel Portman
Decoration: 
Anne Stuhler
Costume: 
Katherine Jane Bryant

Production: 
Playhouse International Pictures
World Sales: 
Samuel Goldwyn Films 1133 Broadway, # 926 New York, NY 10010, USA
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm Verleih Margaretenstraße 78 1050 Wien T 1 581 39 00 20 polyfilm@polyfilm.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

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)

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