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The Big Fall (1997)

R | | Drama | Video 14 October 1997
L.A. private detective is hired to investigate the disappearance of an alluring woman's brother. Surrounded by double-crossing deals and dangerous relation, Rybeck will have to plunge headfirst into his deadliest case ever.

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Blaise Rybeck
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Emma Roussell
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Johnny 'Axe' Roosevelt
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Gary Snider
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Agent Bill Dickson
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Moe
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Brody
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Larry
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Mrs. Brody
William Applegate Jr. ...
Agent Wilcox
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Echo (as Steven DeRelian)
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Tyre
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Ric
Von L. Roddy ...
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L.A. private detective is hired to investigate the disappearance of an alluring woman's brother. Surrounded by double-crossing deals and dangerous relation, Rybeck will have to plunge headfirst into his deadliest case ever.

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One of PM's weaker (and weirder) efforts
4 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

PM was best known for making hyper-action movies, though occasionally they would try something different, in this case tackling the hard-boiled detective drama. The screenplay (by PM regular screenwriter William Applegate) seems to have been written to be more or less straight, with occasional bursts of comic relief. However, it becomes an unintentional comedy for much of its running time because of C. Thomas Howell. Looking here very much like Jim Carrey in DUMB AND DUMBER, Howell is a howl, gnashing his teeth and trying to act tough and spout out hard-boiled narration. (And dressing in a trenchcoat and hat, even though the story takes place in the present day!) If Howell was intending this to be a spoof of the genre, he needed to know that in satire, less is often more.

A much better performance can be seen with Jeff Kober, who manages to be pretty creepy and menacing without the screenplay giving him much to do. The screenplay also doesn't give us much sense, with plot details and incidental actors equally murky at times. Howell's directing is more competent than his acting, boasting some impressive shots and a few not-bad scenes, though he proves to be helpless at this point at directing action scenes. He might even pull off his next (if ever) directing effort, if he first puts in a lot of preparation and gives up some creative control.


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