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Safe Men (1998)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 7 August 1998 (USA)
Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves ... See full summary »

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John Hamburg

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Sam
Steve Zahn ... Eddie
Michael Lerner ... Big Fat Bernie Gayle
Paul Giamatti ... Veal Chop
Michael Schmidt Michael Schmidt ... Bernie Jr.
Christina Kirk ... Hannah
Mark Ruffalo ... Frank
Josh Pais ... Mitchell
Harvey Fierstein ... Leo
Michael Showalter ... Larry
John Hamburg ... Philip
Raymond Serra Raymond Serra ... Barber
Ray Iannicelli ... Swoop
Ali Marsh ... Sherry
Jacob Reynolds ... Ira
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Storyline

Two untalented singers are mistaken for a pair of major league safe crackers in Providence, Rhode Island. The two are pressed into service by the local hoodlums and quickly find themselves in conflict with their professional colleagues. Romantic interest is added by the daughter of the underworld leader who won't date the men she knows are gangsters. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Welcome to the world of disorganised crime.

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anorganoto eglima See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,210, 9 August 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,210, 9 August 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Hamburg and actor Michael Showalter were college roommates. See more »

Quotes

Sam: He's in the Jewish Mafia. It's probably more like a club than an organization.
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After the end credits, there's a brief scene showing Big Fat Bernie Gayle and Leflore meeting in a men's restroom. See more »


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All Out of Love
Written by Graham Russell and Clive Davis
Performed by Air Supply
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Affectionate Ode to the Deluded Loser
23 February 2004 | by grahamclarkeSee all my reviews

When a movie has so much good natured humor and generally a lot of heart one can forgive anything. While it has extremely low production values and obviously made on an equally low budget, the sheer fun of it all makes this a movie that many have great affection for.

Sam Rockwell's well proven off kilter charm is used to great effect. He's paired beautifully with Steve Zahn as the pitiful singing duo coerced into a life of crime. They are supported by a number of equally engaging characters such as Michael Lerner's overbearing Jewish mobster, Mark Ruffalo's soft hearted safe cracker and best of all Paul Giamatti's "Veal Chop". Giamatti is hilarious as well as touching as the mobster's incapable lackey.

"Safe Men" is an affectionate ode to deluded losers. These characters are losers simply because they are desperately trying to be something they are clearly not cut out for. They are basically a bunch of good guys on the wrong track. Lerner's gangster threatens all sorts of mean acts, but ultimately just wants to give a big hug to all. Zahn's character has a strong inkling something is amiss when after years of trying to hit the big time they are playing to a very silent senior citizen audience. Rockwell, the king of deluded losers, tries to placate him with the explanation that it's a Polish custom to show appreciation by remaining silent.

Maybe it appeals to the delusions that most of us at some point or another are subject to. Whatever; this may be a small, slight movie, but its an immensely enjoyable one.


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