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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 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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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

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 »

Goofs

When the brothers are in the store before the bank robbery, Alvin takes a box of Cap'n Crunch off the shelf and starts eating handfuls out of the box without even opening the bag inside first. See more »

Quotes

Clifford Anderson: Ahh, what do we have here?
Rutag Guard: Two-hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Just sign here.
[Bill starts choking on his cigarette]
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Soundtracks

Up on the Housetop
Written by Benjamin Russell Hanby (uncredited)
Performed by Eddy Arnold
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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Caged
19 December 2000 | by tedgSee all my reviews

What we have here is an experiment in no writing, no directing, just gathering some actors together and turning them loose. Many of these have been funny in skits, and each was encouraged to develop their own comic persona. But since these are not very clever comics, we have copies of Harpo, Jonathon Winters, Laurel and Hardy, Lucy and so on. There's nothing original or entertaining here except to watch how strong is the magnetism of the past masters.

Watching Cage flounder is also interesting since there are some who celebrate his talent. I'm coming more and more to appreciate how many different types of actors there are and how widely they differ. Cage as a person always sits nervously in his character. This is no problem if he is cast as a person who sits nervously in himself, and of course this is how he is typed. Sometimes it works, for instance with DePalma's experimental `Snake Eyes,' the disembodied EMT of `Bring out the Dead,' and the pretty sensitive `Raising Arizona.' But when it fails, it fails spectacularly with Cage staring goofily as in that lottery movie, or with shouting as here. Spectacular.


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