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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 15, 2018
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio Commentary by Director Michael Dinner
- Original Theatrical Trailers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Dolby Digital 5.1
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Richard Dreyfuss, Burt Reynolds, Dan Hedaya, Seymour Cassel, Carrie-Anne Moss & Jennifer Tilly|
|Performer:||Lainie Kazan, Jeremy Piven, Frank Vincent & Miguel Sandoval|
|Directed by||Michael Dinner|
|Edited by||Nicholas C. Smith|
|Screenwriting by||Barry Fanaro|
|Composition by||Steve Bartek|
|Produced by||Barry Josephson & Barry Sonnenfeld|
|Director of Photography:||Juan Ruiz Anchía|
Rating: 1.5/4 -- The Crew is all contrivance and we don't believe a minute of it. Full Review
As entertaining as Ovaltine, it's a lead contender for worst movie of the year.
Rating: D- -- ... the worst of American popular culture; it is a lazy, condescending, formulaic film that the filmmakers didn't even bother to finish
Is about as rewarding as late-August movies ever get.
Rating: D+ -- The movie always seems to be out of sync with itself. Full Review
Rating: 1/5 -- A forgettable made-for-TV-like production. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Once the story clicks into gear, The Crew is a lot of fun. But that doesn't happen until after the midpoint.
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
In this outrageous comedy, a group of ex-mobsters living in the Raj Mahal senior-citizen residence in South Beach, Miami are facing eviction. The residency wants a different type of senior--one who can afford to pay more--and this wild group of pals won't have it. Bobby (Richard Dreyfuss), Joey (Burt Reynolds), Mike (Dan Hedaya), and Tony (Seymour Cassel), devise a plan to strike back against their landlords, leading to a funny, frenzied string of events.
For a quartet of former wiseguys and lifelong friends, retirement is a degrading bore. Joey "Bats" (Burt Reynolds) is stuck working at Burger King, Bobby (Richard Dreyfuss) spends his time scouring Miami for his long-lost daughter, Tony (Seymour Cassel) is all washed up as a ladies' man, and Mike "The Brick" (Dan Hedaya) relives the glory days by sending Christmas cards to the old gang. It seems like old times when the boys run a little scam to protect their South Beach hotel from a yuppie invasion. Unfortunately, they run afoul of a drug kingpin in the process, and he soon comes looking for revenge. The result is a farcical entertainment, but also a case for the dignity and ability of the aged. Director Michael Dinner mines comedy from every vein--the mafia, old age, Jews and Hispanics--but relies on his four great, veteran principals to provide the best laughs and the pathos, as well. Bobby's personal story is the most fleshed-out, and Dreyfuss keeps the action moving, delivering the wry voiceover he perfected in STAND BY ME.
- Theatrical release: August 25, 2000
- Filmed on location in Miami, Florida.
- References to other mafia films abound in THE CREW, but especially to GOODFELLAS. In a flashback to 1968, the crew pulls off a heist from Lufthansa (as do the goodfellas), and a long tracking shot of the four men going in through the kitchen of a restaurant is a visual reference to a much-imitated scene from Scorcese's movie.
- Director Michael Dinner knows his geriatric subject matter well: he wrote 104 scripts for the sitcom THE GOLDEN GIRLS.
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