Small Time Crooks

Unusually broad but often very amusing, Allen comedy in which he plays against type as a none too bright petty thief, who leads a gang of dim lowlifes in a plot to tunnel into a jeweller's from a neighbouring property disguised as his wife's cookie store. Inevitably, the heist fails, but the cookies take off, bringing belated fame and fortune to Allen, wife Ullman and the rest of the team. So far, so funny, but once Ullman, keen to (im)prove herself as a culture vulture, begins neglecting unambitious spouse in favour of art collector Grant, the plot becomes rather more predictable and, regrettably, moralistic. Even this late, however, Elaine May's performance as a near moronic cousin continues to delight.

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Woody Allen
Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen
Tony Darrow
Hugh Grant
George Grizzard
Jon Lovitz
Elaine May
Michael Rapaport
Elaine Stritch
Tracey Ullman

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3.8 / 5

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E A Dobson

This is hilarious in places,maybe not one of Woody`s very best but probably his best in the past decade and it was nice to see him just doing a straight comedy for a change.

Mo Vincent

This may not be classic Woody but I came across it unexpectedly and had more belly laughs than I've had in ages. The plot may be a tad predictable, but the Woody Allen one-liners are as plentiful and brilliant as ever - you may just have time to wipe your tears in between.