Disorganized Crime

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Disorganized Crime (Touchstone Movie)

“Disorganized Crime” is a crime-comedy film released in 1989, directed by Jim Kouf. The movie centers around a group of mismatched criminals who come together for a big heist in a small Montana town. The film boasts a talented ensemble cast, including Fred Gwynne, Corbin Bernsen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Rubén Blades, and William Russ.

The story begins with a clever mastermind thief, Frank Salazar (played by Corbin Bernsen), recruiting a team of burglars with various expertise to help him rob the local bank in a remote Montana town. The gang includes the tough and no-nonsense Nick Bartkowski (played by Rubén Blades), the smooth-talking Eddie Macon (played by Lou Diamond Phillips), and the simple-minded but strong Marvin “Gooch” Gustafson (played by William Russ). However, things take an unexpected turn when they arrive in town and find themselves in the midst of a severe snowstorm.

As the snowstorm intensifies, the gang members become stranded and forced to take refuge in an abandoned cabin. Despite their differences and personal issues, they must find a way to work together to carry out the heist while dealing with unforeseen challenges like the town’s eccentric sheriff, Max Green (played by Fred Gwynne).

“Disorganized Crime” combines the elements of a classic heist film with comedic interactions between the characters. The film balances humor with suspense, providing entertaining moments as the gang navigates through their unplanned adventure.

One of the film’s highlights is the witty banter and chemistry among the diverse cast, each bringing their unique personalities and talents to the screen. The interactions between the characters create a fun and lighthearted atmosphere that engages the audience throughout the movie.

Overall, “Disorganized Crime” is an enjoyable crime-comedy that delivers laughs, action, and unexpected twists. It may not be the most critically acclaimed film, but it has found a place as a cult classic and remains a favorite among fans of both crime and comedy genres. The movie’s charm lies in its ability to blend humor and heist elements into an entertaining and satisfying cinematic experience.

Additional Details


  • Fred Gwynne: Max Green
  • Lou Diamond Phillips: Ray Forgy
  • Rubén Blades: Carlos Barrios
  • William Russ: Nick Bartkowski
  • Corbin Bernsen: Frank Salazar
  • Ed O’Neill: George Denver
  • Daniel Roebuck: Bill Lonigan
  • Hoyt Axton: Sheriff Henault


  • Director: Jim Kouf
  • Producer: Lynn Bigelow
  • Writer: Jim Kouf

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