Oddball Hall (1991)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Farce  |   Release Date - Apr 19, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Advertised as a comedy in the style of The Gods Must Be Crazy, the crime farce Oddball Hall bears little actual resemblance to that film but for the fact that it is set in a remote African village and centers on cross-cultural differences between the natives and a quartet of jewel thieves who have been hiding out for a few years waiting for the cops to give up their search so they can fence their loot and move to Rio. The crooks are allowed to stay because they have convinced the people that they are members of the fraternal order, Oddball Hall and have magical powers. These powers are put to the test when a naive native youth, the son of a chieftain shows up and they mistake him for the real leader of the Oddballs.

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chase, chief, con/scam, criminal, friendship, hidden, masquerade, mistaken-identity, native, opal, robbery, screwball, secret-society, train [locomotive], tribe, undercover, village