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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

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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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Storyline

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 Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,777,916
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jon Lovitz, director George Gallo did not actually direct much and told the cast to do whatever they wanted. According to Lovitz, Nicolas Cage actually directed some of the film because Gallo refused to give direction. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Ed Dawson: Will you stop hovering over like bad news?
Clovis Minor: What do you want me to do?
Ed Dawson: Bag this stuff.
Clovis Minor: All of it?
Ed Dawson: No. Just what you haven't become emotionally attached to.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Master of Disguise (2013) See more »

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Red River Valley
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Performed by Florence Stanley
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too nice to refute
15 May 2014 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

What's the odds to watch a relatively unknown Christmas comedy from a director I have never heard of as there are tons of much more appealing options there, yet fate guides me to watch this one, 20 years ago, Nicholas Cage, John Lovitz and Dana Carvey star as three brothers in TRAPPED IN PARADISE, here, Paradise refers to a small town where (almost) everyone is extremely nice and bonhomie and hospitality abound.

But Firpo brothers are no law-abiding citizens, Dave (Lovitz) is an inveterate liar and Alvin (Carvey) is a half-wit kleptomaniac, they merely are put on probation for Christmas since the jail-house is fully-packed, Dave tricks Bill (Cage), their youngest brother to escape with them to Paradise under the pretense of looking for a fellow prisoner's daughter Sarah (Amick). When they arrive the town, impossible to resist the temptation, they take advantage of the lousy security measures in the bank, and rob the dead presidents on Christmas Eve.

But due to all sorts of accidental mishaps, they end up to stay at the bank manager's home for dinner, affected by a string of generous treatments from the townsfolk, they decide to return the loot, however, Sarah's father is also looking after the money, and holds three brothers' mom as the hostage (a wonderful Florence Stanley with a vicious tongue), meanwhile, Agent Shaddus Peyser (Jenkins) and two police deputies are tailing them as well, but no harm will ensure because it is a perfect whole-family fare for the holiday spirit.

Performance wise, Dana Carvey is surprisingly acceptable as a simpleton with a golden heart, many improvised squabbles between Cage and Lovitz are generically funny, although nothing new can be extracted from this touchy-feely concept of a prodigal who returns is more precious than gold, and the laughters are cheap, one merely cannot be cross with its benign and often naive scenario and it is an enjoyable 111 minutes with no harm done, plus if you are hooked by the cast, you might check it out.


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