Monkey Troubles | Chicago Reader

Monkey Troubles

A rather captivating if unlikely tale about a little girl, nicely played by Thora Birch, who winds up with a pet monkey that's been trained to be a pickpocket and jewel thief. Real-life Gypsies undoubtedly have cause to be offended by Harvey Keitel's greasy impersonation of one as the monkey-trainer villain, and Sam Fuller could lodge some legitimate beefs against this movie's wholesale appropriation of the deprogramming theme from his White Dog, but the story's kernel still carries some undeniable charm. With Mimi Rogers and Christopher McDonald; written and directed by Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, a former assistant to Fellini, Zeffirelli, and Mazursky who's best known for Da grande (the movie that inspired Big) and Flashback; Stu Krieger collaborated on the script.

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