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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

According to the director's audio commentary on the DVD, financiers wanted Meg Ryan to play Holly Hunter's role. She flirted with the idea for about a year, before eventually dropping it. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end, a beat-up Ted leaves the house to go to the secret meeting. He comes right back in to ask his girlfriend to come with him and you can see that his eye make-up has changed. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Barnell: Oh, fucking hell. I can't breathe.
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Written by David Baynton-Power, Tim Booth, Saul Davies, Jim Glennie (as James Glennie) and Mark Hunter
Performed by James
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not a masterpiece but entertaining with some good acting
1 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I actually thought this movie was pretty good. I had never even heard of it, but considering that I really like Robin Williams and Giovanni Ribisi, I thought i'd give it a shot. So sure, its not a "comedy" in the typical sense of the word, nor is it a typical "action" movie, or even a typical "drama" - this movie fits into a mixed category. There's a bit of humor (the two gay thugs and Holy Hunter's character), there's a bit of drama in regards to the relationships, and there's a bit of action. But everything is pretty subdued. Nonetheless, I thought the actors did a great job, and it was "different", which I can appreciate. I normally am not a huge fan of Holy Hunter, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed her in this movie; her character was very interesting and she delivered it very well. And yes, maybe there are a few aspects that are "not believable" as the previous person who commented said, but what movies are completely real? Movies are not meant to be an exact replica of what life is, if they were, then we might as well sit at the bus stop and watch life go by. Maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly entertaining and very good acting.


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