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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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€76,704 (Italy) (20 November 2005)
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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

When Paul Barnell hugs his wife Margaret in the kitchen to sooth her nerves, Paul is holding her arms against his chest, there is a split second cut scene and his arms are now around her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Paul Barnell: Ready for a refill ?
Raymond Barnell: Does Mrs. Kennedy have a black dress?
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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I Want To Protect You
Written by Mark Oliver Everett
Performed by The Eels (as Eels)
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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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