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Big Trouble (1986)

R | | Comedy | 30 May 1986 (USA)
Insurance agent plots with client to kill her nutty husband.

Director:

John Cassavetes

Writer:

Andrew Bergman (as Warren Bogle)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Steve Rickey
Alan Arkin ... Leonard Hoffman
Beverly D'Angelo ... Blanche Rickey
Charles Durning ... O'Mara
Robert Stack ... Winslow
Paul Dooley ... Noozel
Valerie Curtin ... Arlene Hoffman
Richard Libertini ... Dr. Lopez
Steve Alterman Steve Alterman ... Peter Hoffman
Jerry Pavlon Jerry Pavlon ... Michael Hoffman
Paul La Greca ... Joshua Hoffman
John Finnegan ... Det. Murphy
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Police captain
Maryedith Burrell ... Gail
Edith Fields ... Doris
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Insurance agent plots with client to kill her nutty husband.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Burla See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The amount of money it was to cost Leonard Hoffman (Alan Arkin) to send his three sons to Yale University was US $42,000. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Trio No. 15
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Franz Josef Haydn)
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Disappointing re-teaming of "The In-Laws"
18 February 1999 | by chez-3See all my reviews

"Big Trouble" is a mediocre film. You will laugh occasionally but that's about all. And that's crushing considering the two leads, Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, and the writer, Andrew Bergman, previously teamed or "The In-Laws" an all-time great film comedy.

Here the two leads play basically the same parts. Falk is the one in control with his devious ideas while Arkin is the meek, unsuspecting one thrown in over his head. This time around the needlessly complicated plot follows an insurance scam.

The film was directed by John Cassavettes, one of our great directors. But comedy is not a genre he handled well. There were numerous reports of problems during shooting. It shows on the screen.

The one bright spot is Beverly D'Angelo looking as sexy as ever. Maybe they should have relegated Falk and Arkin to backup and made her the lead.


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