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Nothing But Trouble (1991)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 15 February 1991 (USA)
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A businessman and his friends are captured by a sadistic judge and his equally odd family in the backwoods of a bizarre mansion.

Director:

Dan Aykroyd

Writers:

Peter Aykroyd (story), Dan Aykroyd (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chevy Chase ... Chris Thorne
Dan Aykroyd ... Judge Alvin 'J.P' Valkenheiser / Bobo
John Candy ... Dennis / Eldona
Demi Moore ... Diane Lightson
Valri Bromfield ... Miss Purdah
Taylor Negron ... Fausto Squiriniszu
Bertila Damas ... Renalda Squiriniszu
Raymond J. Barry ... Mark
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Brian
John Wesley ... Sam
Peter Aykroyd ... Mike the Doorman
Daniel Baldwin ... Dealer #1 (Artie)
James Staszkiel James Staszkiel ... Dealer #2 (as James Staskel)
Deborah Lee Johnson Deborah Lee Johnson ... Dealer #1's Girlfriend
Karla Tamburrelli Karla Tamburrelli ... Dealer #2's Girlfriend
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Storyline

A financier agrees to take lawyer to her business meeting. On the way, they run a stop sign in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and are arrested. But all is not as it seems: the courthouse and the "prison" are a maze of zany booby- traps and deadly contraptions. The antics of the captured couple as they try to escape from the mad judge and his bizarre family make up the rest of this unusual film. Written by Goth <brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za>

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old man | redneck | judge | escape | chase | See All (60) »

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All they wanted was a little getaway. All they got was nothing but trouble.

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Comedy

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The navigation system shown is an ETAK system. Etak was an American company who introduced the first digital map navigation system in 1985, however other companies had been working on analogue systems. In 1990, the first GPS systems were introduced by Mitsubishi Electric and Pioneer. The system shown in this movie was not a GPS system, but works on stored maps and dead reckoning. See more »

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Throughout the story, the speed limit in the Village is referenced as 50 mph. Chief Constable Dennis's set the radar gun to alarm when a driver exceeds 50 mph. When Artie speeds into the village, he passes a 55 mph sign. See more »

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[first lines]
Fausto: [as they leave a car and go into a building to a party] 20 minutes, hello, good-bye.
Renalda: Ok.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »

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Bonestripper
Written by Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw and Ted Nugent
Produced by Ron Nevison
Performed by Damn Yankees
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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I think this movie traumatized more kids than "Jaws"
26 January 2012 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

If your idea of a dark comedy is something like "Beetlejuice" or "Deathtrap" or "Heathers", then watch out. This one makes them look like Peewee's Playhouse.

You know how certain horror movies cross over into comedy? Like when Freddy Krueger says "Welcome to prime time b!tch!!" and slams a girl's head into the TV? Well, this is the opposite: comedy crossing over into horror. It gets pretty weird, and if you're not expecting it, it can be downright upsetting.

I think that's what makes so many people hate this movie. With an all-star comedic cast like it has, it promises to be a laugh riot like the DVD cover says. I was expecting something like "Ghostbusters" meets "Fletch" meets "Summer Rental". Instead it's more like "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" meets "Deliverance". In other words the comedy is very low-key, not quite enough to offset the disturbing story.

Dan Akroyd, who plays a sadistic murdering judge, is just plain frightening. John Candy, who plays the sympathetic policeman, gives the story an air of tragedy. Chevy Chase is his usual wisecracking self, but it can't compete with the horror & violence of the plot (being trapped in a hicktown house while people are getting brutally murdered all around you). You really have to be ready for it, otherwise you might end up traumatized. The "Bonestripper" scene will give lifelong nightmares to any kid under the age of 12, as well as impressionable adults.

But now that you've been warned, perhaps you'll be able to take it in stride. I'm not sure if writer Dan Akroyd intended this to be so nightmarish, but it sure is. Definitely a one-of-a-kind. NOT for young kids!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,966,240, 18 February 1991

Gross USA:

$8,479,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,479,793
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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