Crackers Film Details
Overview: Reduced to minding the counter at a crusty pawn shop, Weslake tumbles onto a scheme by some disgruntled misfit clients to rob the place. Rather than blow the whistle, however, he insinuates himself as the heist’s mastermind.
Tagline: The Comedy that dreams the impossible scheme!
Review: A motley band of desperate, unemployed, penny-less characters desire to rob Pawn Dealer Jack Warden’s safe while he’s off to visit his mother. Sutherland at first shrugs robbing his boss(for the time being;his job as Pawn shop security is threatened when Warden mentions a desire for an alarm system), but has motivation when he sees he’ll soon be unemployed again(..and losing his cable box only makes matters worse). Warden is the “bad guy” of the film, a penny-pincher who stiff those seeking a much larger sum than he’s willing to pay for their valuables. The thing is though, as Warden tries to tell the film’s characters as they come in to sell stolen merchandise or valuables from their own homes, that business is business and turning a profit is essential. The flick clearly exposes the unemployment hike and immigration pressure in early 80’s Reagan era. Sean Penn(..tries on a Southern accent to give his character flavor and fails miserably) plays a wannabee musician, often seen blowing on his harmonica or clanging away on a guitar in Warden’s pawn shop he had to give away, who is Trinidad Silva’s thieving partner as they often commit petty crimes such as stealing car radios from BMWs only to get close to nothing from Warden for them. Penn takes a personal interest in Silva’s sister Tasia Valenza, courting her when dear brother’s back is turned(Silva is overprotective and wishes to pair Tasia with a bartender of his own choosing from Mexico). You have Wallace(MY DINNER WITH ANDRE)Shawn as an always-hungry pauper who is friends with Sutherland and hangs around the pawn shop playing chess all day(it’s rare you don’t see Shawn eating something which is a gag the film plays to the hilt). There’s Larry Riley as a would-be pimp stuck with the baby of a former “employee”. Following the cast of supposed safe crackers are Christine Baranski as a meter-lady who writes the tickets for those who stay parked too long on the side-walk who likes to moonlight as a slut and Charlayne Woodard as an always-unemployed maid who hooks up with Riley. All that said, this is a forgettable, minor film from critically acclaimed director Louis Malle with a decent cast not having that much to do. It supposed to play as a bumbling-thieves comedy, but seems to want to take a detour into character study. I’d say unless you just wish to see the film for it’s cast, this is a very skippable film which ends with the characters looking quite silly at staging such an attempt towards cracking the safe. They still face what we saw them against at the start of the film. After watching the film, I just felt that this flick wastes our time.
Country: United States
Duration: 91 min
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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