Once Upon a Crime

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Once Upon a Crime...
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eugene Levy
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Rodolfo Sonego
Giorgio Arlorio
Stefano Strucchi
Luciano Vincenzoni
Charles Shyer
Nancy Meyers
Steve Kluger
Music by Richard Gibbs
Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno
Edited by Patrick Kennedy
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • March 6, 1992 (1992-03-06)
Running time
94 min.
Language English
Budget $14 million
Box office $8,669,847

Once Upon a Crime is a 1992 ensemble black comedy mystery film starring Richard Lewis, John Candy, James Belushi, Cybill Shepherd, Sean Young and Ornella Muti.[1] The film was directed by Eugene Levy. It is the remake of the Mario Camerini's comedy Crimen.


The plot revolves around a series of couples in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Augie Morosco (John Candy) is a reformed gambler whose wife Elena Morosco (Ornella Muti) (playing a similar character to her role in Oscar) is concluding a business deal, Neil Schwary (James Belushi) is a gambler looking to strike it big and whose wife Marilyn Schwary (Cybill Shepherd) is hoping to buy some designer clothes. Julian Peters (Richard Lewis) and Phoebe (Sean Young) met each other in Rome and are attempting to return a dachshund to the wealthy Madam Van Dougan.

Madam Van Dougan is found murdered and the interactions between Julian and Phoebe and the other couples begin to look increasingly suspicious, as Inspector Bonnard (Giancarlo Giannini) needs to unravel the clues. Over the course of the film, Augie returns to gambling, Elena has an affair and Julian sells and repurchases the dog.



The film earned negative reviews from critics. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said the film was not funny, and adding "As a general rule, films whose plots revolve around lost dogs are apt to be short on comic inspiration, and this one is no exception."[2] It currently holds a 0% rating on rotten tomatoes and was nominated for one Razzie Award, Worst Supporting Actress for Sean Young, where she lost to Estelle Getty in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.


In 2006, Abbas-Mustan known for directing thriller movies in Bollywood, adapted this movie as 36 China Town starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. 36 China Town is a frame-by-frame, shot-to-shot imitation of Once Upon a Crime.[3]


  1. ^ Once Upon a Crime, retrieved 2016-12-09 
  2. ^ "Once Upon A Crime: Lost Dachshund and Other Complications," Janet Maslin, The New York Times, March 7, 1992
  3. ^ Peter C. Pugsley. "Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema". Retrieved September 12, 2017. 

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