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Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 16 June 2017 (USA)
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A Los Angeles detective seeks out the ruthless gang that stole his dog.


Mark Cullen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Steve Ford
John Goodman ... Dave
Jason Momoa ... Spider
Emily Robinson ... Taylor
Jessica Gomes ... Nola
Kaleti Williams ... Manu
Myles Humphus ... Tui
Famke Janssen ... Katey
Thomas Middleditch ... John (as Thomas Middeditch)
Maurice Compte ... Oscar
Stephanie Sigman ... Lupe
Adrian Martinez ... Tino
Ken Davitian ... Yuri
Victor Ortiz ... Chewy
Adam Goldberg ... Lew the Jew


Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang's bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark's goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man's best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him. Written by https://teaser-trailer.com

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Detective Comedy See more »

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Did You Know?


Famke Janssen (Katey) and Jason Mamoa (Spyder) have both played comic book based superheroes: Famke as Jean Grey in the XMen franchise (Marvel Comics) & Jason as Aquaman in the Justice League movie (DC Comics). See more »


At around 1h15 into the movie there is a scene played backwards. You can clearly see all cars driving on the highway going backwards. See more »


Spider: I want my shit back!
Steve Ford: I want my dog back.
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Crazy Credits

In the middle of the credits, there is a small cut-scene where John (Thomas Middleditch) tries to free himself by rocking the chair that he's tied to but instead falls down. See more »


References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


No Es Normal
Written and Performed by Damon Criswell
Published by Psychedelic Records Publishing (BMI)
© Psychedelic Records
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A funny action comedy
28 June 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a policeman turned private detective, whose dog got stolen by a formidable drug cartel. He is determined to find his dog, no matter what price he pays and what method he uses to achieve his goal.

"Once Upon a Time in Venice" is about the crazy happenings in Venice beach, not Venice the Italian city. It keeps a light hearted tone throughout the film, and it keeps on being funny and entertaining. Hurdles keep getting into his way, but he solves them with relative ease. That's what a feel good comedy should be like. A good thing is that the plot does not get too ridiculous. Bruce Willis is good in this role, as he is tough but still got a comedic and sensitive side to the character. I enjoyed this funny action comedy.

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