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Nothing But Trouble (1991)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  15 February 1991 (USA)
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A businessman finds he and his friends the prisoners of a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser / Bobo
Dennis / Eldona
Valri Bromfield ...
Miss Purdah
Peter Aykroyd ...
Mike the Doorman
Dealer #1 (Artie)
James Staszkiel ...
Dealer #2 (as James Staskel)
Deborah Lee Johnson ...
Dealer #1's Girlfriend
Karla Tamburrelli ...


A financier [Chevy Chase] meets a spurned lover [Demi Moore] and agrees to take her to a business meeting. On the way there, they run a stop sign in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. They are arrested and taken to the local court. But all is not as it seems: the courthouse and the "prison" are a maze of zany booby- traps and deadly contraptions. The antics of the captured couple as they try to escape from the mad judge and his bizarre family make up the rest of this unusual film. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

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All they wanted was a little getaway. All they got was nothing but trouble.




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Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Git  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$8,479,793 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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If you look closely at Dan Aykroyd's make up when he is eating the hot dog and Chevy Chase makes a funny face, the tip of his nose is in the shape of a penis. See more »


When everyone first gets in the car a white cassette tape is handed forward, but after the cut Demi Moore is holding a black cassette. See more »


[first lines]
Fausto: [as they leave a car and go into a building to a party] 20 minutes, hello, good-bye.
Renalda: Ok.
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Written by Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent
Produced by Ron Nevison
Performed by Damn Yankees
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Okay, so no one was expecting "Schindler's List"

This isn't a four star classic. This isn't a motion picture epic to be adored for ages to come. This is not the measuring stick by which all comedies should be measured. However, this movie has gotten a bad reputation, undeservedly so. So, what is this movie? It's a harmless, mindless romp through an amusing storyline played out by the witty rapport of the core characters. The sight gags and slapstick, while cliche' and childish, are sure to bring a slight giggle. What's more fun than a judge who's idea for a great execution is dumping the accused in a rollercoaster called the "Bonestripper?" (Complete with Damn Yankees theme music, no less.) The performance of the Digital Underground brings a shimmer of surrealism to the whole ordeal. No, this isn't the best movie in the world, but it's far from the worst.

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