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Burt Reynolds lets his hairpiece go salt-and-pepper gray to play an aging safecracker who adopts lonely housebreaker Casey Siemaszko in this sly little crime comedy. "We’re in the same business, kid. Monkey business." Not quite, as naive puppy dog Siemaszko is in it for the thrill (just watch the kick he gets when he blows his first safe, and blows the money up with it), while veteran Reynolds is a no-nonsense professional. Maybe that’s what bonds the odd-couple friendship in this offbeat script by John Sayles (Lone Star). Cult comedy director Bill Forsyth (Local Hero) brings out the low-key charm in Reynolds, who underplays his role with the easy confidence of an old pro and merely hints at the real joy he’s found in his utterly enthusiastic and loyal (if not too bright) new pal. One of the overlooked delights of 1980s American indie cinema. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Burt ReynoldsErnie Mullins
Casey SiemaszkoMike Lafebb
Sheila KelleyCarrie aka Fontaine
Lorraine ToussaintDelphine the Hooker
Albert SalmiJohnny Scot
Harry Carey Jr.Shoes
Maury ChaykinVincent Tucci
Stephen TobolowskyDistrict Attorney
Eddie DriscollPaul the Apostle

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Bill Forsyth
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 94 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 13, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 16, 2002
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