Michael Sauter
April 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Steal Big, Steal Little

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
135 minutes
performer
Alan Arkin, Andy Garcia
director
Andrew Davis
author
Andrew Davis
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Read Steal Big, Steal Little‘s box and you’ll be expecting a ”hilarious” farce ”about greed, power, brotherly love.” Surprise! The movie inside is a soggy bit of whimsy about identical twins (one saintly, one scheming, both played by Garcia) who wage a tedious war for control of a sprawling estate. No doubt this theatrical dud was intended as a laid-back, offbeat, character-driven charmer. But as directed by action specialist Andrew Davis (The Fugitive), it’s a shapeless mess, unfolding in unfunny fits and starts for 2 1/4 hours that feel more like forever. C-

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