Friday, November 18, 2011

Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Synopsis: It's laughs galore when rich, old lady gets dismembered and innocent - albeit obnoxious - tourists take the fall.  

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “What do you get when you combine a compulsive gambler, four bumbling American tourists, a $5000 pup and dead body? ‘Inspired lunacy!’ answers Village View, praising this fast-paced laugh-fest starring Cybill Shepherd, John Candy, James Belushi, Sean Young and Richard Lewis.”

What Did I Learn?: If your betting-crazy husband assures you he isn’t going to gamble your trip money in the casino, you can be pretty sure he’s going to gamble your trip money in the casino.

You Might Like This Movie If: You would watch anything featuring John Candy.

Really?: 1) Did John Candy’s character have an accent? He seemed to slip in and out of using one throughout the film. 2) There are six people on the VHS jacket, and only 5 names - didn't Ornella Muti deserve a credit?

Rating: Once Upon a Crime is a sort-of funny mystery/comedy. An old lady gets murdered, and instead of coming clean with the cops, innocent people decide they’re better off concocting pathetic lies which don’t last very long. Candy is hilarious, while Richard Lewis delivers some nice deadpan lines; the only weak link is Belushi and Shepherd... the first time she elbows him in the face, it’s mildly amusing. The fifteenth time, not so much. 7/10 stars.  


  1. I'm still looking for this flick to rediscover it once again. Remember watching it with my first girlfriend. :)

  2. Hi Peter - welcome to Schuster at the Movies. You have an impressive blog, yourself, and I hope you enjoy my reviews.



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