Palookaville (1995)

 
Palookaville
Taking its title from a quoted-to-death  line in ‘On The Water Front,’ Palookaville is  the  story of Jerry, Russ  and Syd – three friends who feel  so trapped in their  no hoper jobs and one horse town that they decide  to escape the rut by embarking on a life of crime, at one point using the1950  b-movie ‘Armored Car Robbery’ as their instruction manual.
Palookaville was directed by  Alan Taylor who has since  directed some impressive TV shows such as Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos and Deadwood. This genuinely charming and touching film  was written by David Epstein who based the splendid screenplay  on a story by Italo Calvino. Reminiscent in tone to early Bill Forsyth, especially  That Sinking Feeling, or a downbeat Ealing Comedy, Palookaville  is more than a little close to my heart. As far as I know, Epstein has written nothing since, which a shame.
William Forsyth, Vincent Gallo and even Frances McDormand are part of the wonderful cast, along with a cracking bunch of character actors who play a collection of quirky but painfully true characters.

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