Trapped in Paradise (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Crime  |  2 December 1994 (USA)
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Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard B. Shull ...
Father Ritter
Jack Heller ...
Chief Parole Officer
Mike Steiner ...
Monty Dealer
Kirk Dunn ...
Cop #2
Blanca Jansuzian ...
Jeff Levine ...
Man in Restaurant
Sandra Myers ...
Diner #1
Mabel ...
Sarge ...
Paul Lazar ...
Deputy Timmy Burnell
Deputy Myers


Bill Firpo has managed to stay honest, but can't help but be dragged into things by his larcenous brothers, the clever Dave and the kleptomaniac Alvin. When the three find a bank so easy to rob that they can't resist, the only question is whether or not they can get out of town before the big snowstorm hits. While the three brothers run around town with their stolen loot, they are beseiged with the kindness of the townfolk that might just set them on the path of rightousness. Written by Michael Silva <>

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The Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some rude language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados en el paraíso  »

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Box Office


$5,777,916 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dana Carvey loosely based his character's speaking style on a young Mickey Rourke. See more »


Agent Peyser's car is blue through most of the movie, then it turns white when it crashes into the tree, then it then turns blue again later. See more »


Bill Firpo: I'm tellin' ya, if I had a gun on me right now I'd go in there and take over that place.
Dave Firpo: Bill, you wouldn't be angry if I were to tell you there might be guns in the trunk.
Bill Firpo: Alvin pull the car over.
Alvin Firpo: Wha?
Bill Firpo: Pull it over!
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References The Flintstones (1960) See more »


Do You Hear What I Hear
Written by Gloria Shayne and Noel Regney
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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17 January 2000 | by (Schaumburg, IL) – See all my reviews

I just watched Trapped in Paradise for the first time today, and I laughed hysterically. People seem to complain about things like "too unlikely" or "bad performance." Now this, unlike The Waterboy, is something that you just have to not think about to like. The Waterboy didn't even work that way. Nicholas Cage is great, and I've seen Dana Carvey and John Lovitz perform on SNL before. I must say, they make excellent cons and are very funny. However unlikely it was for the townspeople to save them at the end doesn't really matter. It just shows good nature. And I also tend to like some comedies a bit better if the somewhat unjust don't change at the end, just teach us something. IE, at the end Dana Carvey takes the guy's hat and puts it on his brother's head. It just makes it that much more funny to say it's good from beginning to end. Think about There's Something About Mary. At the end, Ted is the only one that really learns anything while Woogie just tries to get an autograph from Brett Favre. This movie is something worth checking out, if you can just leave all common sense behind. Don't just go for the critically acclaimed. They are right sometimes, but other times, I get the sense that they need to take the rod out of their &^^.

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