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The Big Fix (1978)

An ex-'60s radical now working as a private eye is hired by an old flame to investigate a political smear campaign. The case becomes more dangerous as it unfolds.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writers:

Roger L. Simon (screenplay), Roger L. Simon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Moses Wine
Susan Anspach ... Lila
Bonnie Bedelia ... Suzanne
John Lithgow ... Sam Sebastian
Ofelia Medina ... Alora
Nicolas Coster ... Spitzler
F. Murray Abraham ... Eppis
Fritz Weaver ... Oscar Procari Sr.
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Jorge
Michael Hershewe Michael Hershewe ... Jacob
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Aunt Sonya
Ron Rifkin ... Randy
Larry Bishop ... Wilson
Andrew Bloch ... Michael Linker
Sidney Clute ... Mr. Johnson
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, Moses Wine, who was part of the counter-culture of the late 1960s at UC-Berkeley, still has those radical feelings but no longer does anything about them. His wife Suzanne, who has transformed from a 1960s hippie to a 1970s new-ageist, divorced him when his law school background didn't materialize into the upper middle class liberal life she was expecting, she having sole custody of their two young sons, with Moses having visitation rights. Moses fell into work as a private investigator of the gumshoe variety, which usually doesn't cover his monthly child support payments. After not seeing her for ten years, Moses is contacted by Lila Shea, an old girlfriend from Berkeley, to do some investigative work on behalf of her boss, Sam Sebastian, the Southern California coordinator for the gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Miles Hawthorne. Lila felt Moses would be well suited to the job because of running within "the" crowd at Berkeley, even if only knowing the main ... Written by Huggo

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A Dramedy. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy umbulda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 October 1978
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was David Rowlands's only appearance in a film which was not directed by either his brother-in-law John Cassavetes or his nephew Nick Cassavetes. See more »

Quotes

Moses Wine: Bakunin? Bakunin was a terrorist monster. You are not an authority on Bakunin just because you used to date every terrorist in Soviet Russia, that does not make you an authority.
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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

Animal Fair
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Performed by Richard Dreyfuss
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The best post-hip film ever produced
7 June 2005 | by berrys1178See all my reviews

The Big Fix is a mystery that does not answer every question that it raises, but it nails the Zeitgeist of the late 60's from a vantage point 10 years later. I have only seen it once, when it first came out and I have looked for it ever since.

The story is slow to develop with Moses Wine (Dreyfuss) having trouble with seemingly every aspect of his life. We learn that he feels displaced in time, and cannot get past the radical time in his life. I and many others have had those same feelings in the 35+ years since.

The sense of confusion and struggle fits exactly the feelings many of us experienced at the time. Taught to respect the police by our Greatest Generation parents, we often found that we were at the top of the police list of suspects for anything from subversion to bad manners and bad dress. The sense of alienation that I felt at the time permeates the viewing. I may have read too much of myself into it; if so, The Big Fix evoked it from my own life.

Best scenes without spoiling the story:

Leon Redbone's "I Wanna Be Seduced" while Moses gets ready for a date with Lila Shay (Anspach).

Moses at the TV station reviewing scenes of past demonstrations; the images are shown projected on his face. No real detail is visible except the tears on his cheeks. Powerful.

The reunion of old friends as they dance around the swimming pool of the house that was built by selling out the old radical values.

Finally, a sense of something incomplete at the end. The mystery solved, but every question not answered. How true to life!


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