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Man Trouble (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  17 July 1992 (USA)
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A sleazy but affable guard dog trainer is blackmailed to steal a manuscript for a tell-all book from one of his clients.



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Eugene Earl Axline aka Harry Bliss
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Eddy Revere
Laurence Moncrief
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Lee MacGreevy
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Eugene Earl Axline is a guard dog trainer who gets involved with one of his clients, Joan Spruance. Spruance's sister is a classic airhead, who is spilling all she knows about her gangster boyfriend. Written by John sacksteder <>

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She put her life in his hands. Unfortunately, his hands have a life of their own. See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ela Nunca Se Nega  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)


$4,096,030 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Harry Bliss: I'm the only guy who knows what in the hell I'm doing!
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Written by Sting
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Decent romantic comedy with light hearted laughs, even if it seems a little out of place for the legendary Jack.
23 April 2008 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

1992's "Man Trouble" clearly just doesn't hold much interest or provide much intrigue for a view really somewhat of a letdown from director Bob Rafelson as a complex plot and lack of seriousness weigh the film down. Even though Jack's role seems out of place as clearly the romantic comedy genre has never been his cup of tea. Still Nicholson gives a bold and well done direct performance as Harry Bliss who's a wisecracking womanizer(certainly something Jack can relate to in real life)who runs a guard dog agency of all things! When a woman named Joan(Ellen Barkin)who's a lonely opera singer has her home broken into and robbed she seeks his aid and service. Then Joan moves into the mansion house of her free spirited and eccentric sister Andy(Beverly D' Angelo), yet trouble follows her and Harry as they always seem at the mercy and the target of hit men. The film then takes a wild chase of schemes involving shady characters and hit men that's blended in with the out of control canines and some romance between Harry and Joan. Overall this film is nothing great it moves pretty well yet the plot is so boring and dull with the humor being very offbeat while the romance is impossible for the key characters to obtain. Still it's worth a watch if your a Nicholson fan as Jack always delivers even in bad films, plus Beverly and Ellen both provide a sense of spice and sugar sex appeal to a film that went to the dogs.

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