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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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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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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 »

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

Caesar Spinoza: Hey Edna, how would you like to ride in the trunk?
Ma Firpo: Edna? Edna? Are we sleeping together, I think not.
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Connections

References The Flintstones (1960) See more »

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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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