The Clumsiest Criminals in Film History

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Sol, Tyrone, Vinny from “Snatch” (2000)
> Portrayed by: Lennie James, Ade, Robbie Gee

Sol, Tyrone, and Vinny are minor players in a diamond heist. Though they have the diamond in their possession at one time in this rather complex plot, Tony ends up dead, and Sol and Vinny are arrested.

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Sonny and Sal from “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975)
> Portrayed by: Al Pacino and John Cazale

Sonny and his partner Sal attempt to rob a bank in Brooklyn, but find the bank only has $1,100 in cash because the money has already been picked up for the day. After taking the bank employees hostage, Sonny yells “Attica, Attica!” after police surround the bank. Sonny ends up in prison after trying to escape and Sal is shot in the head.

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Stacks Edwards from “Goodfellas” (1990)
> Portrayed by: Samuel L. Jackson

Stacks Edwards had one job – get rid of the van a group of mobsters led by Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway used in the heist of Lufthansa airlines at what is now JFK Airport. He didn’t, and left the van for the police to find. Jimmy then has Stacks, among others involved in the plot, killed.

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Vincent Vega from “Pulp Fiction” (1994)
> Portrayed by: John Travolta

Sometimes nature calls at the most inopportune times. Hitman Vincent Vega is sent to kill a boxer, Butch, who double-crossed Vega’s boss, Marsellus. But when Vega arrives at the boxer’s apartment, Vincent is on the toilet and the boxer shots him dead.

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Virgil Starkwell from “Take the Money and Run” (1969)
> Portrayed by: Woody Allen

Virgil Starkwell wasn’t cut out for a life of crime. During a bank robbery, he argues with the cashier about the handwriting on the demand note. Caught and imprisoned, he tries to escape with a gun made out of soap, but fails when the “gun” melts in the rain. He does eventually escape, but is the only inmate to do so after a mass escape was called off. Virgil is again imprisoned and seen once again sculpting a gun from soap and asking if it happens to be raining.

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