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Trapped in Paradise (1994)

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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
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 <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Small town... Big trouble! 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


To film the river scenes, crews had to remove large ice blocks from the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, as the river was frozen in mid-winter and were stacked by the river bank. Local residents were worried that the ice blocks would flow down river and damage structures such as the West Montrose 'Kissing Bridge', the last covered bridge in Ontario, and they were removed by the production company. 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: Where are you going?
Lila: [frightened] It's a robbery. I'm going to get you money out of the cash register.
Bill Firpo: I'm robbing the bank.
Lila: Well the bank is across the street.
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References Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »


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19 December 2000 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

What we have here is an experiment in no writing, no directing, just gathering some actors together and turning them loose. Many of these have been funny in skits, and each was encouraged to develop their own comic persona. But since these are not very clever comics, we have copies of Harpo, Jonathon Winters, Laurel and Hardy, Lucy and so on. There's nothing original or entertaining here except to watch how strong is the magnetism of the past masters.

Watching Cage flounder is also interesting since there are some who celebrate his talent. I'm coming more and more to appreciate how many different types of actors there are and how widely they differ. Cage as a person always sits nervously in his character. This is no problem if he is cast as a person who sits nervously in himself, and of course this is how he is typed. Sometimes it works, for instance with DePalma's experimental `Snake Eyes,' the disembodied EMT of `Bring out the Dead,' and the pretty sensitive `Raising Arizona.' But when it fails, it fails spectacularly with Cage staring goofily as in that lottery movie, or with shouting as here. Spectacular.

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