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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These people are in big trouble: 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barry Sonnenfeld:  voice of a Gators fan on a radio sports show. See more »


At Joe's Stone Crab, when Henry Desalvo is talks to Bruce and friends about cigar smoke and manners, he calls his steak "a great New York strip." In the previous scene, the steak on his plate was either a T-bone or a Porterhouse. See more »


[In the airplane]
Snake: How about we go now?
Airplane Captain Justin Hobart: Sir, we have to finish the preflight checklist. It's for your safety, sir.
Snake: [points to his gun in his hand] I got my safety right here, asshole.
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References Men in Black (1997) See more »


In the Air Tonight
Written and Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
And courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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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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