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Big Stan (2007)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warden Gasque
Madame Foreman
Deshawn (as Brandon Jackson)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


He'll have to kick some butt to save his own. See more »


Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 June 2008 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

A prueba de hombres  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final feature film of Henry Gibson. See more »


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 »


[Stan is trying to convince an elderly woman to buy a time-share condo in South Central LA]
Stan Minton: Black dudes can't get enough of white women. And don't think a woman of your advancing years will be safe from their advances. No, these big black bucks don't care if you're young or old, skinny or fat. They want your white flesh. They want it bad. Tell you the truth, I'm part black myself. If it wasn't for my wife, I'd be bending you over this desk doing you doggy-style right now.
Mrs. Darby: I'll... I'll take it.
Stan Minton: ...
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Crazy Credits

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


References The Real Eve (2002) See more »


Arranged by Nati Cano
Published by Peer International Corp (BMI)
Performed by Mariachi All Stars
Courtesy of Peer Music
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Better than usual for Schneider
6 August 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Considering he's done The Animal and Deuce Bigalow 1 and 2, I wasn't expecting much from Schneider's Big Stan, especially since this is his directorial debut. I did not know much going into the theatre, except what I saw in the trailer.

Much to my surprise this turned out to be an OK waste of time, but nothing more. It's just another prison comedy, with a small twist. The incarcerated main character has 6 months to prepare for "doin' time".

It's nice to see Carradine pop up here and there parodying his other kung fu related works, and this time sending an anti-smoking message while consuming a life time supply of cigarettes. All through the movie I kept trying to remember where do I know the actress that plays Rob's wife from. Then it hit me. None other than Jennifer Morrison of House M.D.. She looked hot in this movie, but I feel she should make better choices in the future.

All in all a decent comedy, a better than expected, but shaky, direction from Schneider. This should be perfect for a weekend afternoon once it comes out on DVD.

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