Once Upon a Crime (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

Once Upon a Crime (1991)




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The murder of a millionaire has unexpectedly humorous results in this farcical comedy. When Phoebe (Sean Young) and Julian (Richard Lewis), two Americans on a tour of Europe, discover a lost dachshund, they learn that a $5,000 reward has been posted for the dog's return. Phoebe and Julian head to Monte Carlo to return the pet and claim the money, but they find that the dog's owner has been murdered -- and suddenly, they're suspects in the killing. As hapless detective Inspector Bonnard (Giancarlo Giannini) investigates the crime (imagining that the maid and butler must somehow be involved), he grills several other American tourists he believes are likely suspects, including gambling addict Augie Morosco (John Candy) and loud-mouthed suburbanites Neil and Marilyn Schwary (James Belushi and Cybil Shepherd). George Hamilton appears as an unusually opportunistic gigolo; former SCTV star Eugene Levy directed.

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Sean Young
as Phoebe
Giancarlo Giannini
as Insp. Bonnard
Roberto Sbaratto
as Detective Toussaint
Joss Ackland
as Hercules Popodopoulos
Ann Way
as Housekeeper
Caterina Boratto
as Madame de Senneville
Elsa Martinelli
as Carla the Agent
Nino Richelmy
as Customs Officer
Francesco Angrisano
as Train Passenger
Georges Hotel de Paris Concier Carlo
as Hotel de Paris Concierge
Benedetto Fanna
as Hotel de Paris Room Waiter
Christian Bianchi
as Casino Waiter
Marco Martinozzi
as Casino Waiter
Charles Dubourgeot
as Casino Employee
Eugene Levy
as Casino Cashier (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Crime

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

...tries desperately to capture the spirit of a high-energy farce.

November 27, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Crime


With an all-star cast that includes John Candy, James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young, and Richard Lewis, Once Upon a Crime is a farcical comedy that delivers some good laughs. The story follows a group of strangers in Monte Carlo that accidentally become involved in the murder of a wealthy widow. The plot is a bit thin, but the characters are interesting and the comedy keeps the film moving. However, by the end the characters have all been played out and the story becomes tiresome. While no one's at their best in Once Upon a Crime, it's still entertaining and fun (for the most part).

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

A personal favorite!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


Embarrassing and unfunny.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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