Life of Crime


State TheatreFri, Aug 1, 2014 9:00 PM
Sponsored by: Hagerty
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Lars Hockstad AuditoriumSat, Aug 2, 2014 6:00 PM
Sponsored by: Dan and Debbie Edson
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Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:100 min.
Type of Film:Feature Narrative
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
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Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Jennifer Aniston
Mark Boone Junior
Kevin Cannon
Julie E. Davis
Mos Def
Isla Fisher
Director:Daniel Schechter
Produced by:Ashok Amritraj
Elizabeth Destro
Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
Jordan Kessler
Michael Siegel
Lee Stollman
Screenwriter:Daniel Schechter
Cinematography:Eric Alan Edwards
Music By:The Newton Brothers


We are thrilled to present the US premiere of “Life of Crime,” the best adaptation we’ve seen of a novel by “the Dickens of Detroit,” Elmore Leonard. John Hawkes and Mos Def star as low-level criminals who kidnap a corrupt Detroit real estate developer’s wife for ransom (the couple is played by Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston). While Aniston attempts to improve her position, two very different kinds of sleazeballs up the ante in an escalating sequence of double crosses and plot twists, all set in 1970s Detroit to a great soundtrack of Top 40 hits and lounge tracks. Based on Leonard’s 1978 novel “The Switch,” director Daniel Schechter’s (“Supporting Characters,” TCFF ‘12) comedy brilliantly captures the look and feel of inexpensive 70s caper cinema, from the opening copyright to the vintage jacket Aniston wears (an item in our TCFF auction!).