Los Angeles Times - 03/09/1992
"...Most of the cast attack their rules with gusto, especially John Candy....There's an unusually good, up-tempo score..."
An unemployed actor finds a woman in Rome with a Dachsund that turns out to be the hottest (stolen) dog in Europe. If the two can return the dog to Monte Carlo, they'll collect a big reward. Unfortunately, they discover its owner has been murdered and now they're the prime suspects.
A spurned woman and an unemployed actor travel to Monte Carlo to deliver a lost dachshund to its owner and collect a $5,000 reward. But the dog's owner has been murdered and through a bizarre series of complications, the pair becomes implicated in the crime. A madcap murder mystery ensues involving an assortment of zany suspects, including a compulsive gambler and the obligatory obnoxious American tourist.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Censors.
Shown at American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica October 21-27, 1991.
Special clothing by Gianni Versace.
Working titles were: "Criminals," "Troublemakers," "Returning Napoleon," "Murder at Monte Carlo," and "Over My Dead Body."
"Once Upon a Crime" is a remake of Mario Camerini's 1960 film, "Crimen," produced by Dino DeLaurentiis and written by Rodolfo Sonego, Girogio Arlorio, Stefano Strucchi, Luciano Vincenzoni and Oreste Biancoli.
Feature film directorial debut for "SCTV" comedian Eugene Levy.
George Hamilton replaced Joe Flaherty in the role of Alfonso de la Pena.