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Big Stan (2007)

A weak con man panics when he learns he's going to prison for fraud. He hires a mysterious martial arts guru who helps transform him into a martial arts expert who can fight off inmates who want to hurt or love him.

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Storyline

The fraudulent real state agent Stan is married with his beloved Mindy and has a seven million dollar fortune. When he is arrested for fraud, he is sentenced to three years in prison and his assets are frozen by the justice. However, his crooked lawyer Lew Popper negotiates a six month freedom, and the weak Stan, who is afraid of being raped in prison, hires the specialist in martial arts The Master to teach him self-defense. Six months later, Big Stan is sent to the Oaksburgh State Penitentiary totally confident in his expertise in martial arts. He challenges the violent leaders of the gangs and defeats them, being respected by the inmates and bringing peace in the patio. However, the dirty Warden Gasque has the intention of transforming the penitentiary in a luxury resort, and uses Big Stan knowledge to improve his project, promising to release him sooner using the corrupt penal system. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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prison | fraud | gang | fight | con | See All (81) »

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The cell block just got a new bully.... a small one. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, and language | See all certifications »

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6 June 2008 (Kazakhstan)  »

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A prueba de hombres  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Prison scenes were shot at a closed women's prison in Stockton. See more »

Goofs

In the shower scene Big Stan gets cut with a razor blade above his right nipple. He says it will leave a scar. In later scenes there is no sign of any cut whatsoever. See more »

Quotes

Big Stan: [on phone] Don't you ever find yourself feeling sorry for anybody?
The Master: [on other line] You might as well ask me if I feel sorry for the maggots I grind into my morning coffee.
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Crazy Credits

After the actors' credits, the first text-only credit is a giant "Catering by Alex" See more »

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References A Man Called Horse (1970) See more »

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You're the Best
Written by Bill Conti & Allee Willis
Published by EMI Golden Torch Music (ASCAP) & EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
From the motion picture The Karate Kid (1984)
Performed by Joe Esposito
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. & Island Def Jam Music Group
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A genius comedy and prison the way it should be.
18 August 2008 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I've seen many comedy movies in my life, some good and some bad. Some comedy movies involve large quantities of drugs or nudity to support the humor. This movie however shows that with the right amount of goof and whit you can make a most excellent comedy. Big Stan tells the story about a con artist that finds himself a ticket to prison for fraud. This very skinny (please make sure to watch his legs) guy has to survive in prison. Without telling too much about the story involved, this movie makes sure you have a good time. There is a great cast and even the smaller roles are cast with effort. This movie makes you wish every prison out there had their own Big Stan! There aren't many movies this funny and sadly lacking a lot of publicity this movie is a gem among the many lacking comedies.I think a lot of people will find something they like in this movie. Humor is the most difficult thing to transfer across cultures, but this movie has a little something for everyone. From people enjoying easy humor found in stoner comedies to those who love Mr. Bean, this movie uses a great blend of humor.

This movie will make you laugh beyond a doubt, try it and find your own funny bone.


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