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Crime Spree (2003)

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A French gang of thieves flies over to Chicago for a one time job. However, things seem to get out of hand soon.


Brad Mirman


Brad Mirman
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Daniel Foray
Harvey Keitel ... Frankie Zammeti
Johnny Hallyday ... Marcel Burot
Renaud ... Zero
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Sami
Stéphane Freiss ... Julien Labesse
Shawn Lawrence ... Agent Pogue
Albert Dray Albert Dray ... Raymond Gayet
Joanne Kelly ... Sophie Nicols
Richard Bohringer ... Bastaldi
Abe Vigoda ... Angelo Giancarlo
Gino Marrocco Gino Marrocco ... Joey Two Tons
Sal Figliomeni Sal Figliomeni ... Nicky The Rake
Diego Chambers Diego Chambers ... Raphael
Carlos Diaz ... Hector


An out-of-town heist becomes a nightmare for a crew of French burglars when they mistakenly rob the head of the Chicago mafia. Unaccustomed to the ways of the American underworld, it is not long before they have the mafia, the FBI and a couple of street gangs on their backs as they attempt to make their way back to Paris. Written by Vincent Reed

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It was supposed to be an easy job. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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UK | Canada


English | French

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Another in-joke: When the thieves want to take aliases to protect their identities, Marcel insists on being called "Elvis". That's because Johnny Hallyday, who plays Marcel, is known as the "Elvis of France". See more »


After Frankie Zammeti throws the spaghetti, the remaining spaghetti on the plate changes between shots. See more »


Zammeti: So, I understand Maranzano is interested in one of our properties?
Bobby: Yeah. That warehouse over on Merchant Street. The volume on our import business has risen dramatically. The proceeds this quarter will be supernumerary due to the...
Zammeti: ...super what?
Bobby: Supernumerary. It means better than expected.
Zammeti: Then why not just fuckin' say better than expected? Everybody knows what better than expected means.
Bobby: I'm taking a vocabulary course to enhance my communication skills.
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Crazy Credits

Outtakes run during the end credits. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Snatch It Back and Hold It
Written by Buddy Guy & Amos Blakemore
Performed by Junior Wells
Courtesy of Delmark Records
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Amiable, flawed and frequently funny.
10 May 2004 | by henfishSee all my reviews

A crew of fairly inept French burglars are given one last chance to impress their boss by pulling off a jewel robbery in Chicago. To help (or hinder) them, they are given the support of a couple of less savoury hoods and an incompetent Algerian. What follows is almost as predictable as the above might indicate - but not, I'm glad to say, without some quality laughs.

Crime Spree is NOT an excellent film. The script is flawed (the stolen car from the latin gang is a woeful subplot); the acting is too laid back at times and, as has been said below (on Jan 6th 2004), the director often can't decide on the cinematic style he prefers. But let's be balanced here - the director of this film is only as inconsistent as his above detractor. I mean - anyone who thinks the saving of the girl in the hallway is stolen from The Untouchables is being majorly tenuous and then to neglect to mention that De Palma actually (and totally) stole his particular scene from a much earlier movie is not really playing the game. By all means love or hate films - but don't force flawed arguments on those who disagree with you. Please.

The muffled phone sex scene is funny; the ariel shot of Marcel blasting his way through the hotel is excellent; the death scene of one of the gang members is poignant and the styles and verities that work serve the film well. It's not excellent cinema but it is amiable and of a welcome, off-beat quality that deserves appreciation and more respect than some might wish it. Then again - that's just my opinion. Each to their own.

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