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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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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A great good feel funny movie!!
17 December 2005 | by (Dundee United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Nicolas Cage plays the great straight guy while his 2 brothers played by Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey supply the comedy value, in this hugely entertaining and funny movie. Things don't go to plan when the Firpo brothers try to rob the peaceful town of Paradise and get stuck there on Christmas Eve, only to find that they have robbed the nicest town on earth. I think Cage is great in this film, like in 'Peggy Sue Got Married', 'Family Man' and 'It Could Happen to You' he plays a lovable character that is full of emotion which you just can't imagine anyone else playing. There's also a great moment in the film where he looses his temper and he almost transforms into Castor Troy from Face/Off. If you're a fan of Nicolas Cage and not just the action stuff, you should see this movie and it's even better at Christmas time.

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