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The Big White (2005)

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To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

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Mark Mylod

Writer:

Collin Friesen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Paul Barnell
Holly Hunter ... Margaret Barnell
Giovanni Ribisi ... Ted Waters
Tim Blake Nelson ... Gary
W. Earl Brown ... Jimbo
Woody Harrelson ... Raymond Barnell
Alison Lohman ... Tiffany
Billy Merasty Billy Merasty ... Cam (as William Merasty)
Marina Stephenson Kerr ... Avis
Ralph Alderman Ralph Alderman ... Mr. Branch
Frank Adamson ... Detective
Andrea Shawcross ... Hair Stylist
Ryan Miranda Ryan Miranda ... Korean-am Teenager
Craig March ... Howard
Ty Wood ... Paperboy
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Storyline

In the middle of Alaska, travel agent Paul Barnell is near bankruptcy. Desperate to help himself and his beloved, mentally ill wife Margaret, Paul discovers a dead body and passes it off as his missing brother Raymond, whose life is insured for up to $1,000,000. Everybody is duped, except for workaholic insurance investigator Ted Waters, who sets out to expose Paul, in hopes of being promoted out of Alaska. Meanwhile, two rookie hit men, Gary and Jimbo, discover Paul took 'their' body and kidnap Margaret, demanding the body back. Then, Raymond turns up alive, wanting in on the action... Written by willyboy

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When you need somebody, any body will do.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Canada | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big White See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$541,840
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While a guest in 2010 on the "WTF with Mark Maron" podcast, Robin Williams said that it was being isolated and cold on the Alaska set of this movie that contributed to his return to drinking after twenty years of sobriety. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret throws stuff at the guy checking her fridge, one of the grey tin cans is soft; the can crumples when she grabs it. See more »

Quotes

Paul Barnell: [Margaret is bound and gagged in back seat of Jimbo's car] Why did you gag her?
Jimbo: [exasperated] You know!
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Connections

Referenced in Autopsy: The Last Hours of: Robin Williams (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)
Written by David Baynton-Power, Tim Booth, Saul Davies, Jim Glennie (as James Glennie) and Mark Hunter
Performed by James
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Darkly Comic, Intelligent Film
28 June 2006 | by gschochetSee all my reviews

The Big White has some high-powered actors: Holly Hunter, Robin Williams, Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Blake Nelson and Alison Lohman. I'm usually hesitant to see movies with so many amazing actors... usually it means the budget was big enough to get all of them and the players barely hold the film's bad script afloat. Not so in this case! The fact that the Big White didn't have a major theatrical release is hard to comprehend. Seems like that happens to some of the best films... the ones that aren't full of cheap laughs and actually have developed characters.

The Big White has been compared to Fargo for its snow, death and money. Not a bad movie to be put alongside at all! It certainly was influenced by Fargo, but diverges from there. This film is less about greed and more about deep love (searching for it and nurturing existing love.) Holly Hunter is a beautifully nuanced character and made me crack up several times. Robin Williams is in top form, comic and deeply tragic. A great vehicle for emerging actress Alison Lohman. Giovanni Ribisi is brilliant. Even the smallest characters in The Big White are detailed. The film has a slower pace yet it is never boring. The camera- work is beautiful and the characters are so interesting that you want to know more about them, even in their quiet moments, which is when they shine the most.


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