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The Crew

A movie directed by Michael Dinner

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We have to tear down this old folks home to put up a Geritol factory

  • Feb 5, 2011
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The Crew is one of those movies that has a novel idea and pisses away so much potential and opportunities that you can only look at the film afterword and know that with some tweaks the movie could have been good instead of being a big heap of shame.

The crew tells the story of 4 retired Miami Gangsters who share residence at a nursing home and wonder where they're lives went.  RIchard Dreyfus is the everyman, Burt Reynolds is the tough guy, Dan Hedaya is the dumb guy and Seymour Cassel is the silent one.  Longing for the good ol' days of being mobsters (or as the movie puts it in such PC ways, "wiseguys") the boys resort to they're old ways in such activities like rigging bingo games and so forth to make money and enjoy they're twilight years not to mention they're home which is risking demolition to put up trendy housing.  Subplots come together for Dreyfus's estranged daughter who is now a cop and criminals who don't like what the foursome are up to and interfering with they're drug business.

The Crew really could have been a better movie if it exploited the goings on with our stars more.  What else are they getting up to at the nursing home with scams?  Maybe pulling off robberies and hobbling away from the cops cause they're old and leaving the truck behind, things like that.  We get a decent attack on a house and a quaint way of having things come together at the end but for a geezers as goodfellas motif, the movie really loses the ball with this one.  It's like a box of twinkies and instead of getting 12, you get 10 and the cream has been sucked out of 8 of the cakes, you knew there was supposed to be more.  I guess the other lingering thread that feels odd is this movie tries to make the foursome decent old farts when we can only imagine what kind of murder and other felonies they were up to when they were young, again why I got on the whole "wiseguy" label earlier.

For what it's worth, it IS an enjoyable movie with the best scene clearly shown with Burt Reynolds working a Burger King counter and telling a customer and her son that he doesn't care what the song says special orders upset him.  It's just another case of missed opportunities again.  Old guys want to be gangsters?  Cool, but lets make the most of it and The Crew doesn't cut the grass let alone the job.
We have to tear down this old folks home to put up a Geritol factory

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Quick Tip by . February 05, 2011
Four retired mobsters put together they're own mafia to do dirty work at the rest home and end up hunted by cops. As stupid as it sounds.
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Director: Michael Dinner
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Release Date: 25 August 2000 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Barry Fanaro
Runtime: 88 min
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