Big Trouble (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  5 April 2002 (USA)
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The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent Pat Greer (as Dwight 'Heavy D' Myers)


A chain of events starts with the arrival of a mysterious suitcase in Miami. Arthur Herk, a corrupt business owner, wants to get his hands on the case. At the same time, two hit men want him whacked. Tired of his constant fixation on drinking and television, Herk's wife Anna and daughter Jenny decide to find new love interests in divorced dad Eliot Arnold and his son Matt. To add more complication, two thieves decide to steal the case and lead a Miami police team and two FBI agents on a wild goose chase that ends inside the Miami airport terminal. Written by Michael Ji <>

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They have forty-five minutes to save the world. They need forty-six. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, crude humor and sex-related, material | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belea mare în Miami  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,545,204 (USA) (5 April 2002)


$7,262,288 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chloe Sonnenfeld:  Riding a scooter as Puggy and Anna run through the airport. See more »


When Snake shoots at Eliot and Anna through the gate window, he shoots only the top window out. When Eliot runs out to catch the plane, he leaves though the bottom window, which is supposed to be intact. See more »


Alan Seitz: Oh, don't worry, Ivan. It's just your foot. See, this is what we at the bureau call an extremity shot. Generally, the victim survives. They don't do so well with what we call a torso shot.
Pat Greer: So what do you think, Ivan? Would you like to experience a torso shot?
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »


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Dave Barry... so it's gotta be good
6 April 2004 | by (Lakewood, WA) – See all my reviews

I discovered Dave Barry in a Reader's Digest article titled "The Martian Death Flu". That short story inaugurated a fascination for all things Barry and "Big Trouble" is a faithful depiction of the mind of this Miami madman. This Pulitzer-prize winning columnist meets the director of "Men In Black" and TV's The Tick.

Sonnenfeld's touch and a good soundtrack contribute to this madcap misadventure where a hallucinogenic toad, a sub-compact car, and a 'garbage disposal' bomb make for an outrageous race to save a corporate embezzler's step-daughter.

An immaculate cast certifies the action will be riveting and breath-taking viewing after viewing. Thanks, Dave!

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