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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

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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.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golpe de suerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for the role as a woman with Tourette's syndrome, Holly Hunter travelled to the small town of Wolfville, Nova Scotia to meet with Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay, a psychologist with Tourette's Syndrome presenting for two days in the area. Ms. Hunter sat through both days of Dr. McKinlay's presentation, disguising herself in a hat and dark glasses so that the many local parents and educators she was sitting amongst would not realize they were in fact sharing the room with an Academy Award winning actress. See more »

Goofs

When Raymond Barnell is kneeling at the end, his gun moves different distances from him in different cuts (not including when it is kicked away). See more »

Quotes

Minister: Why is God, who is a loving God, capable of such things? When someone is taken from us at such a young age, we often ask ourselves why.
Margaret Barnell: Bullshit.
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Connections

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

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"Ninety Nine Pounds Of Dynamite
Written by Lee Silver
Performed by Buddy Stuart
Courtesy of Tru-Gems Records
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Good ensemble black comedy...
24 August 2006 | by GoldenSnitch77See all my reviews

I guess you could compare this film to Fargo or Mystery Alaska. Its worth a watch of you enjoy a black comedy. It has some great slapstick moments and the acting performances and direction are all fantastic. The humour may be a bit subtle for some people but I thought it had great charm throughout. The story line may seem a bit similar to other movies such as A simple plan, Shallow Grave and Fargo but there was enough originality to keep you interested. The Chemistry between Robin Williams and Giovanni Ribisi really works and you can tell the director gave them a chance to flow and add lib their scenes together. Some of the visuals out in the snow and mountains are stunning too. *** Rent it, you wont be disappointed.


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