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The Big White (2005)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  3 December 2005 (USA)
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To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

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In the middle of Alaska, travel agent Paul Barnell is near bankruptcy. Desperate to help himself and his beloved, mentally-ill wife Margaret, Paul discovers a dead body and passes it off as his missing brother Raymond, whose life is insured for up to $1,000,000. Everybody is duped, except for workaholic insurance investigator Ted Waters, who sets out to expose Paul, in hopes of being promoted out of Alaska. Meanwhile, two rookie hit men, Gary and Jimbo, discover Paul took 'their' body and kidnap Margaret, demanding the body back. Then, Raymond turns up alive, wanting in on the action... Written by willyboy

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When you need somebody, any body will do.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language including sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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3 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Golpe de suerte  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

While a guest in 2010 on the "WTF with Mark Maron" podcast, Robin Williams said that it was being isolated and cold on the Alaska set of this movie that contributed to his return to drinking after 20 years of sobriety. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret throws stuff at the guy checking her fridge, one of the grey tin cans is soft; the can crumples when she grabs it. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Barnell: [referring to the dinner Gary cooked] Tastes like a rectal polyp.
Jimbo: [to Gary] How would she know?
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Last Stop: This Town
Written by Mark Everett (as Mark Oliver Everett) & Michael Simpson
Performed by The Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Dark without being black
15 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. I have to agree with everyone else, I almost expected to see some credit to the Cohens in here...

It was one of those hardly-any-there-didn't-here-about-it films, so I grabbed it and watched it with my husband.

As always, Holly Hunter did not disappoint and steals the show. Robin Williams is often expected to play a highly humorous role but sat perfectly in the middle of his dramatic and humouristic talent. Don't expect to be howling at fart jokes in this one...

With about the right blend of sensitivity, humour and "action", I would definitely recommend this flick.


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