- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 19, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Dreamworks Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 05/26/2000
"...The jokes are funny...the screwball comic tone [is] impeccably sustained..."
Rolling Stone - 06/22/2000
"...Elaine May is sensationally fine and funny..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/16/2000
Premiere - 01/01/2001
"...A breezy, easy-on-the-brain rental....Inspired supporting performances..." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental
Los Angeles Times - 05/19/2000
"...Delicious, giddy fun....SMALL TIME CROOKS is handsome as all Allen films are, and it proceeds with the brisk, sophisticated air of throwaway confidence and lack of pretense that we expect from the contemporary master of grown-up comedy..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/19/2000
"...The characters in SMALL TIME CROOKS are smarter, edgier and more original than the dreary crowd in so many new comedies..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"Allen's best for years, and painfully funny."
Woody Allen returns to his farcical roots for this lighthearted caper comedy. Ray Winkler (Woody Allen) is an ex-con who continues to search for the ultimate payday. When he conceives of a foolproof bank robbery, he must first convince his skeptical wife, Frenchy (Tracey Ullman), to help him out. Opening up a cookie shop two stores down from the bank, Ray and his cronies start to dig a tunnel into the bank, where they will sneak in one night and clean out the vault. Things get complicated when the cookie shop actually catches on and becomes a hit in the neighborhood.
- Originally released in theatres May 19, 2000 (National)
- Hugh Grant was asked to participate in the film via a fax from Woody Allen.
- TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN was a major comedic influence of Jon Lovitz's.
- This was Fei Zhao's second film as DP for Woody Allen; the first was SWEET AND LOWDOWN.
- Allen never goes back and watches his old films; in fact, even though many critics compared SMALL TIME CROOKS to TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, Allen claims to not have seen the older film since 1968.
- Tracey Ullman has compared her character (Frenchy) to an updated version of Alice Kramden.
- Elaine May was voted Best Supporting Actress for her work by the National Society of Film Critics.
- Tracey Ullman received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy.