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Picking Up the Pieces (2000)

A small New Mexican village discovers a severed hand that is considered a miracle of God, when it actually belongs to a murdered spouse with a husband in search of it.

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Alfonso Arau

Writer:

Bill Wilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Allen ... Tex Cowley
Sharon Stone ... Candy Cowley
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Desi
Cheech Marin ... Mayor Machado
David Schwimmer ... Father Leo Jerome
Kiefer Sutherland ... Officer Bobo
Alfonso Arau ... Dr. Amado
Danny De La Paz Danny De La Paz ... Lalo Taxi Driver
Andy Dick ... Father Buñuel
Fran Drescher ... Sister Frida
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Flaco
Elliott Gould ... Father LaCage
Eddie Griffin ... Sediento
Mía Maestro ... Carla
Lupe Ontiveros ... Constancia
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Storyline

Woody Allen plays Tex, a kosher butcher. Sharon Stone plays his unfaithful wife Candy. Tex catches Candy in the act and in a fit of rage he kills her. To conceal his crime he cuts up her body and buries it in the desert in New Mexico. However, when her hand surfaces, a blind woman trips over it and it restores her sight. The hand is then considered to be the "hand of the Virgin." Despite the church's fallen priest objecting, the ambitious mayor of the town creates an international three-ring circus of miracle-seekers, TV crews, and born-again local prostitutes all interested in the hand. All of this goes on while Tex is desperately trying to recover the hand before the sheriff finds it and uses it as evidence against him. Written by Stevie

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

First on Max See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Made its debut on Cinemax, a cable network more famous for showing softcore pornography. See more »

Quotes

Tex: What's the matter with you? Am I gonna have to start slippin' Prozac in to your Alpo?
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Gente
Performed by Flaco Jiménez and his Band
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Beautifully Shot, not so beautiful otherwise
26 May 2000 | by Matt M.See all my reviews

This movie was interesting. I love Woody, and the cinematography was quite, quite excellent, yet the film failed to get me involved. The script, although pretty original, ultimately failed because of its lack of structure. I would hasten to say (and I haven't checked yet) that whoever wrote this was a first timer.

The story of the miracle hand was suitable idea, yet I felt more could have been done with it. In addition, the direction (from a director I admire) was sloppy. Much of the acting (Fran Drescher???) seemed less then inspired, although Woody Allen was (and always is) very good comedically. Stone was ok in her brief appearance, and David Schwimmer, although HORRIBLY MISCAST as a priest, (could he be ANY more Jewish?) worked.

I think my major problem with the movie was a seeming lack of professionalism, which isn't to say it was bad by any strech of the imagination. Watching a movie like this, you sort of have to suspend your disbelief. Any attempt to take it seriously would ruin the movie (apparently much of the cast and crew didn't take the project seriously)

ANYWAY...tough call on this, but 6/10 is my vote~


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