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Trapped in Paradise -- Three brothers who are inept criminals butcher one last attempt to pull off a big heist in this caper comedy. Bill Firpo (Nicolas Cage) is sick of thievery and has retired from crime to run an upscale restaurant in New York. But when his two brothers, Alvin (Dana Carvey) and Dave (Jon Lovitz), get out of prison, Bill is sucked back into their world of crime.
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Writer (WGA):
George Gallo (written by)
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Release Date:
2 December 1994 (USA) See more »
The story of a town that gave so much... Even these guys couldn't take anymore. See more »
Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... Bill Firpo
Richard B. Shull ... Father Ritter

Jon Lovitz ... Dave Firpo

Dana Carvey ... Alvin Firpo
Jack Heller ... Chief Parole Officer
Mike Steiner ... Monty Dealer
Kirk Dunn ... Cop #2
Blanca Jansuzian ... Shopkeeper

Florence Stanley ... Edna 'Ma' Firpo
Jeff Levine ... Man in Restaurant
Sandra Myers ... Diner #1
Mabel ... Merlin
Sarge ... Merlin
Paul Lazar ... Deputy Timmy Burnell

Andrew Miller ... Deputy Myers
Sean McCann ... Chief Bernie Burnell

Gerard Parkes ... Father Gorenzel

Mädchen Amick ... Sarah Collins (as Madchen Amick)

Donald Moffat ... Clifford Anderson
Frank Blanch ... Rutag Guard
Cherie Ewing ... Woman in Restaurant

John Ashton ... Ed Dawson
John Bergantine ... Clovis Minor
Frank Berardino ... Diner #4

Angela Paton ... Hattie Anderson
Vivian Reis ... Lila

Bernard Behrens ... Doc Milgrom
Bunty Webb ... Hertha Wayerhauser
Kay Hawtrey ... Rose Weyerhauser
Vic Manni ... Vic Mazzucci

Frank Pesce ... Caesar Spinoza
Vic Noto ... Crazy Lee
Nicky 'Pops' Anest ... Inmate #2 (as Nicky Pops Anest)
Rocco Savastano ... Inmate #3
George 'Aggie' Anest ... Inmate #4 (as George Aggie Anest)
George Gallo Sr. ... Don Vito

Al Cerullo ... Helicopter Pilot
James Evangelatos ... Agent #2 (as James W. Evangelatos)

Richard Jenkins ... Agent Shaddus Peyser
Jonathan Allore ... Agent Boyle
Mark Melymick ... Agent Cooper
Scott Wickware ... Agent Giardello

Sean O'Bryan ... Dick Anderson
Greg Ellwand ... Cop #1
Zoe Erwin ... Marla Anderson
Tripod ... Tripod
John Dawe ... Newscaster

Marcia Bennett ... Bus Station Clerk
Brett Miller ... State Trooper
Richard McMillan ... Agent #1
Robert Thomas ... Agent #3
Pierre Larocque ... Trucker #1
Tom McCleary ... Trucker #2
Bill Currie ... Bus Driver

Marco Kyris ... Extra

Brian Kaulback ... Extra
David Farant ... Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carson Manning ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Michal Page ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Gallo 
Writing credits
George Gallo (written by)

Produced by
David Coatsworth .... co-producer
Jon Davison .... producer
Ellen Fontana .... co-producer (as Ellen Erwin)
George Gallo .... producer
David Permut .... executive producer
Original Music by
Robert Folk 
Cinematography by
Jack N. Green (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
Casting by
Donna Isaacson 
Production Design by
Bob Ziembicki 
Art Direction by
Gregory P. Keen 
Set Decoration by
Gordon Sim 
Costume Design by
Mary E. McLeod 
Makeup Department
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist
Peter Montagna .... makeup artist
Donald Mowat .... makeup department head
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Penny Charter .... third assistant director
Walter Gasparovic .... second assistant director
Michael Johnson .... second assistant director: second unit
Grant Lucibello .... third assistant director
Don Munro .... second assistant director: Vancouver
Michal Page .... fourth assistant director
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director: second unit
Martin Walters .... first assistant director
Glenn R. Wilder .... second unit director
Stuart Williams .... third assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Paul D. Austerberry .... assistant art director
James Halpenny .... construction coordinator
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Gordon Lebredt .... first assistant art director
Marlene Rain .... assistant set decorator
Michael Shocrylas .... assistant art director
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
Richard M. Snider .... key greens
Arline Smith .... model maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... sound editor
Zack Davis .... adr editor
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
Gary S. Gerlich .... supervising sound editor
David Gertz .... foley mixer
Scott Hecker .... dialogue editor
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Doug Johnston .... sound mixer: second unit
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor
Peter Melnychuk .... boom operator
James Moriana .... foley artist
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Bob Hall .... special effects supervisor
Kaz Kobielski .... special effects
Arthur Langevin .... special effects 1st assistant
Mark Lawton .... special effects technician
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects technician
Troy Rundle .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Brenda Adams .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Eric Bryson .... stunts
Shane Cardwell .... stunts
Shelley Cook .... stunts
Rick Forsayeth .... stunts
Ted Hanlan .... stunts
Ernie Jackson .... stunts
Danny Lima .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunts
Walter Masko .... stunt performer
Dwayne McLean .... stunts
Larry A. McLean .... stunts (as Larry McLean)
Nick Nolan .... stunts
Ken Quinn .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator
Robert Racki .... stunts
Alison Reid .... stunts
Bryan Renfro .... stunts (as Brian Renfro)
Kevin Rushton .... stunts
Paul Rutledge .... stunts
Helen Scott .... stunts
John Stead .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunts
Barry Swatuk .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Ron Van Hart .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts (uncredited)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jon Cassar .... camera operator
Mike Harwood .... electrician
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Walter Lipscombe .... grip
Jeremy Lyall .... second assistant camera
Alan Millar .... electrician
Malcolm Nefsky .... best boy grip: second unit
Harald Ortenburger .... photographer: second unit
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Joecy Shepherd .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Toronto
Donna Dupere .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcie Olivi .... costumer
Arthur Rowsell .... costume design assistant
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Tim Grover .... first assistant editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Thomas P. McNamara .... assistant editor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
J.J. George .... supervising music editor
Jon Kull .... orchestrator
Maria Newman .... musician
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Peter Tomashek .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
John Coles .... driver
Dave Staples .... picture vehicles
Robert Tenaglia .... transportation coordinator
Robert Whelan Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Whitney Brown .... production coordinator
Arthur Clarke .... production and technical services: second unit
Greg Eby .... first assistant accountant
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Doris Hellmann .... post-production accountant
Marco Kyris .... stand-in
Keith Large .... location manager
Mark Moore .... assistant location manager
Rick Parker .... animal wrangler
Sue Parker .... assistant wrangler
Greg Rubidge .... production assistant
Frank Sicoli .... production consultant
Elaine Thurston .... production accountant
Elaine Yarish .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for some rude language
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #33236)

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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Shaddus Peyser:Put an APB out on that car.
Chief Burnell:Oh well I've already done that.
Shaddus Peyser:Good. We'll be able to track them down especially if they're heading north.
Bill Firpo:[next scene with Alvin driving] Alvin, which way are we headed?
Alvin Firpo:North.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Naked Fear (1999)See more »
Beautiful DreamerSee more »


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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Underrated, 17 January 2000
Author: nutz4n64 from Schaumburg, IL

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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