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The Crew is a 2000 crime comedy film directed by Michael Dinner, and written by Barry Fanaro.

The titular Crew is a group of four wiseguys: Bobby Bartellemeo (Richard Dreyfuss), Joey "Bats" Pistella (Burt Reynolds), Mike "The Brick" Donatelli (Dan Hedaya), and Tony "Mouth" Donato (Seymour Cassel). Except that, instead of the glory days of the '50s, they are now senior citizens living in Miami. Worried that they may lose their apartment rooms due to a landlord raising rent for the new, young tenants, the Crew gets the idea to fake a mob hit in the lobby...only to find out that the corpse they used was the father of a drug cartel's boss. Things quickly get quite crazy for the men as they try to avoid not only the Cartel's wrath, but also avoid the ongoing police investigation...which just happens to be led by Bobby's long-lost daughter.

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Not to be confused with the comic series or the racing game.


This film makes use of the following tropes:

  • The Cartel: The film's major threat.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster!: How the Crew felt about their old jobs.
  • Dirty Cop: Olivia's ex-boyfriend is working for the cartel.
  • Ironic Nickname: "Mouth", who rarely talks. An exception, it turns out, is right after he has sex.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Due to his ex-wife remarrying while he was in jail, Bobby hasn't seen his daughter Olivia for about 30 years.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Pepper Lowenstein ends up falling for "Mouth" after the Crew decides to just kidnap her instead of kill her.
  • Retired Outlaw: The titular Crew all worked for The Mafia.
  • Rule of Three: At three points does "Bats" get knocked on the head, almost drown, and have a clever idea when revived.
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  • Wicked Stepmother: Inverted; a wicked stripper wants the Crew to off her stepmom. They end up making amends in the end.

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