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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Firpo
... Father Ritter
... Dave Firpo
... Alvin Firpo
... Chief Parole Officer
Mike Steiner ... Monty Dealer
Kirk Dunn ... Cop #2
Blanca Jansuzian ... Shopkeeper
... Edna 'Ma' Firpo
Jeff Levine ... Man in Restaurant
Sandra Myers ... Diner #1
Mabel ... Merlin
Sarge ... Merlin
Paul Lazar ... Deputy Timmy Burnell
... 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 Firpo Brothers can get away with anything. They just can't get away! See more »


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

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2 December 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atrapados en el paraíso  »

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$5,777,916
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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 »

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Don Vito: You don't think it was those Firpo brothers, those rat bastards?
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Referenced in 10 Items or Less (2006) See more »

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Y.M.C.A.
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Written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis
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Annoying and unfunny
22 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Bill Firpo (Nicolas Cage) tries to keep honest. However his brothers Dave (Jon Lovitz) and kleptomaniac Alvin (Dana Carvey) get early parole due to overcrowding. Bill is pulled back in as they go to Paradise, Pennsylvania to find Sarah based on another inmate's story. They find the small local bank so lax in security that they have to rob it. They have to get the keys to the vault from bank president Clifford Anderson (Donald Moffat). On the way out, they crash their getaway car. They are rescued and brought to the Andersons and their upstairs renter bank worker Sarah Collins (Mädchen Amick). None of them recognize that the brothers are the robbers. The criminal who had the original idea to rob the bank finds out. The FBI led by agent Shaddus Peyser (Richard Jenkins) are also looking for them. They keep failing to get away while the people in town are all so very nice.

Dana Carvey has that annoying voice and face. He is stupid in a hateful way. Jon Lovitz is slightly better by comparison. Nicolas Cage is angry and with good reasons. The three brother are so annoying that there are unlikeable. They are unfunny. And the jokes fall flat. The big chase isn't anything fun. It is generally boring and most of the blame has to be laid at writer/director George Gallo's feet.


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