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Trapped in Paradise (1994)

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

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George Gallo

Writer:

George Gallo
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Cast

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
Kirk Dunn Kirk Dunn ... Cop #2
Blanca Jansuzian Blanca Jansuzian ... Shopkeeper
Florence Stanley ... Edna 'Ma' Firpo
Jeff Levine Jeff Levine ... Man in Restaurant
Sandra Myers Sandra Myers ... Diner #1
Mabel Mabel ... Merlin
Sarge Sarge ... Merlin
Paul Lazar ... Deputy Timmy Burnell
Andrew Miller ... Deputy Myers
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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 <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atrapados en el paraíso See more »

Filming Locations:

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$5,777,916
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To film the river scenes, crews had to remove large ice blocks from the Grand River in Elora, Ontario, as the river was frozen in mid-winter and were stacked by the river bank. Local residents were worried that the ice blocks would flow down river and damage structures such as the West Montrose 'Kissing Bridge', the last covered bridge in Ontario, and they were removed by the production company. See more »

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When Alvin picks up Dave and Bill after the bank robbery you can see a crew member to the right of the screen holding his hand up to block traffic in the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

Alvin Firpo: [handing his gun to a random guy so he can steal his scrapple] Hold that? Mmm... yeah, scrapple. A little salt never hurt anybody.
Bill Firpo: What are you doing?
Alvin Firpo: I'm eatin' scrapple. It's got scallions.
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Danke Schoen
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Kurt Schwabach and Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
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Waste of time and talent
17 November 2003 | by Martin-Devenir-MooreSee all my reviews

This movie is an excruciating two hours long, with not a single funny moment to alleviate the boredom. The only interesting thing was watching Nicholas Cage eat scenery while John Lovitz underplayed his part. Dana Carvey developed an interesting little voice for his bit, reminiscent of Robin William's "Popeye" cartoon character. Madchen Amick, Cage's romantic interest, demonstrated little talent.

The movie should have had at least half an hour cut from it. All I can imagine is that Cage owed George Gallo (writer/director) a favor, and Lovitz and Carey wanted the chance to work with him.

Bottom line - don't waste your time.


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