Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.


George Gallo


George Gallo





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Bill Firpo
Richard B. Shull ... Father Ritter
Jon Lovitz ... Dave Firpo
Dana Carvey ... Alvin Firpo
Jack Heller ... Chief Parole Officer
Mike Steiner Mike Steiner ... Monty Dealer
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ... Cop #1
Kirk Dunn Kirk Dunn ... Cop #2
Blanca Jansuzian Blanca Jansuzian ... Shopkeeper
Florence Stanley ... Ma Firpo
Cherie Ewing Cherie Ewing ... Woman in Restaurant
Jeff Levine Jeff Levine ... Man in Restaurant
Sandra Myers Sandra Myers ... Diner #1
Frank Berardino Frank Berardino ... Diner #4
Mabel Mabel ... Merlin


Bill Firpo has managed to stay honest, but can't help but be dragged into things by his larcenous brothers, the clever Dave and the kleptomaniac Alvin. When the three find a bank so easy to rob that they can't resist, the only question is whether or not they can get out of town before the big snowstorm hits. While the three brothers run around town with their stolen loot, they are beseiged with the kindness of the townfolk that might just set them on the path of rightousness. Written by Michael Silva <>

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The story of a town that gave so much... Even these guys couldn't take anymore. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some rude language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The three-legged dog "Tripod" was added to the script when the director saw the dog and its owner among spectators watching filming while in Elora, Ontario. See more »


Agent Peyser's car is blue through most of the movie, then it turns white when it crashes into the tree, then it then turns blue again later. See more »


Caesar Spinoza: What did he say?
Vic Mazzucci: He said he loved me.
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Referenced in Naked Fear (1999) See more »


Written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis
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A Great Movie about Small Town America at Christmas Time
19 November 2004 | by MellowStar176See all my reviews

I absolutely adore this movie. This movie was not made to dazzle people or make them stand back and go "wow that was an awesome scene." Trapped in Paradise is about the healing powers of a small town at Christmas. If you've ever live in a small town, or even visited one, you could relate to this movie. To me, this is more of a feel good comedy than anything. It might not hit a lot of top ten lists because its not flashy and it doesn't have a huge trailer, but its a good movie to sit down and laugh to and make you feel good about the human race once again. Nicholas Cage, John Lovitt, and Dana Carvey's characters are believable, even if they are not dynamic. I highly recommend this movie for anyone, from the young to the young at heart.

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Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trapped in Paradise See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,744,653, 4 December 1994

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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