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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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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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€76,704 (Italy) (20 November 2005)
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While filming in Winnipeg, the set dressers had an unusual problem. They had spent an entire day covering a location in fake snow for a scene when mother nature decided to dump 30 cm (12 inches) of the real stuff in a rare May snow storm. See more »

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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: Congratulations, you've just kidnapped a handicapped person.
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Referenced in Autopsy: The Last Hours Of: Robin Williams (2015) See more »

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Billy Don't Be A Hero
Written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander
Performed by Ramone Dowd
Courtesy of Blank Productions
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Underrated Film. Loved it.
4 August 2006 | by (Manhattan) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant surprise this film was for me. I ordered it via Video on Demand through the Time Warner cable system. They listed two cast members: Woody Harrelson and Alison Lohman. I love Alison (see Matchstick Men), so I decided to take a look.

Then, the opening credits begin and I see, Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, and Tim Blake Nelson, and I think, Why haven't I heard of this film before?

Usually, before I order a movie with which I am not familiar, I go to IMDbPro to read a review or two. I chose not to do that this time. After seeing and enjoying the film so much, I looked at a couple of reviews and one person tore it up because it seemed to be too derivative of the Coen Brothers' work.

Ridiculous and Cynical nonsense.

All films made now are derived from other movies, or TV shows, or books. The story and the acting pulled me in and I enjoyed myself very much. I can see what the reviewer meant about the film having a Coen brothers feel, but so what.

Bravo to all involved.


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