Life of Crime (film)

Life of Crime
Life of Crime Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Daniel Schechter
Produced by
Written by Daniel Schechter
Based on The Switch
by Elmore Leonard
Music by
Cinematography Eric Alan Edwards
Edited by Daniel Schechter
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) (TIFF)
  • August 29, 2014 (2014-08-29) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[4]
Box office $1.5 million[5]

Life of Crime is a 2013 American black comedy crime film written and directed by Daniel Schechter, based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch (1978), which includes characters later revisited in his novel Rum Punch (1992), which was adapted into the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown (1997). Life of Crime was screened on the closing night 2013 Toronto International Film Festival,[6] on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival,[7] at the 2014 Traverse City Film Festival[8] and released in theaters on August 29, 2014.


In Detroit in 1978, stoic socialite Mickey Dawson becomes the target of an ill-planned kidnapping plot by a pair of fumbling ex-cons, Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, looking for a get-rich-quick scheme. However, things become complicated for the duo when her wealthy husband, Frank, refuses to pay the ransom, as he is on the cusp of filing for divorce to make way for his mistress, Melanie Ralston. The two kidnappers have to figure out how to quickly turn the tables before their time runs out.



Dennis Quaid was originally cast as Frank Dawson, Mickey's husband.[9]

Principal photography lasted 26 days. The major portion of the film was shot in Greenwich, Connecticut.[10] Three time Academy Award nominee Tod A. Maitland did the sound mixing.[11]


Life of Crime has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 65% based on reviews from 74 critics, with an average rating of 5.9/10. The site's consensus reads: "It may not stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best Elmore Leonard adaptations, but Life of Crime has enough ambling charm—and a sharp enough cast—to get by."[12] Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 1 to 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the film a 60 based on 28 critics.[2]


  1. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "Toronto: Elmore Leonard's 'Life of Crime' Selling to Lionsgate, Roadside". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ a b Life of Crime at Metacritic
  3. ^ "LIFE OF CRIME (15)". Artificial Eye. British Board of Film Classification. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "Life of Crime (2013)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Life of Crime (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nelson Mandela biopic to have world premiere at Toronto". BBC News. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 opens with Life of Crime". The National. Abu Dhabi.
  8. ^ "Traverse City Film Fest to feature Elmore Leonard premiere, screenings on the water". Detroit Free Press.
  9. ^ "Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid Join JACKIE BROWN Prequel, SWITCH". Collider.
  10. ^ "Jennifer Aniston: Bundled Up on "Untitled Elmore Leonard Project" Set". GossipCenter. February 5, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
  11. ^ "Life of Crime (2013) - Full Cast & Crew". Internet Movie Database.
  12. ^ "Life Of Crime (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 14, 2014.

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