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The Big Squeeze (1996)

R | | Drama | 6 September 1996 (USA)
Benny, a hapless grifter, is thrown off a train after cheating at cards, and into the life of Tanya, a lovely bartender. Tanya has been supporting her husband, a former ballplayer, since ... See full summary »

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Tanya Mulhill
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Jesse Torrejo
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Benny O'Malley
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Henry Mulhill
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Manny
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Cece
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Father Sanchez
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Father Arias
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Mother Delores
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Bank Manager
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Older Man
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Young Woman
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Letter Carrier
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Benny, a hapless grifter, is thrown off a train after cheating at cards, and into the life of Tanya, a lovely bartender. Tanya has been supporting her husband, a former ballplayer, since his accident, waiting for an insurance settlement that will solve all their financial woes. But when it comes, he refuses to share it with her, claiming with newfound piety that money is the root of all evil. She then enlists the help of Benny to concoct a scheme to get her fair share of the settlement, and he finds one: a local Catholic mission needs money for repairs and Benny decides to create a miracle that will encourage husband Henry to fork over the money - which Benny and Tanya will intercept and share. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Rated R for sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Body of a Woman  »

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$23,567 (USA) (6 September 1996)

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$23,567 (USA) (6 September 1996)
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Benny O'Malley: Whoever invented money? Personally, I could kill them. What with all the frustrations and temptations.
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A body of bad film work
4 May 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I came across this film on the Lifetime network. I decided to watch the film after realizing that Lara Flynn Boyle was the star. Her presence did improve the films palatability but, not enough to make my viewing experience pleasant. The reason for my dissatisfaction is the combination of bad or miscast acting, a lifeless script, and multidirectional film making. One half of the film almost has the feeling of an afterschool special and the other half attempts to be a gritty suspense piece with corn ball characters. This is the only movie that I have ever witnessed where church scenes are more exciting then the bar footage. My recommendation is to avoid this body of rubbish.


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