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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

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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

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 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

Margaret Barnell: [referring to the dinner Gary cooked] Tastes like a rectal polyp.
Jimbo: [to Gary] How would she know?
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Connections

References Law & Order (1990) 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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a movie to remember
21 April 2006 | by mvandrei2000See all my reviews

In my opinion, this is the best movie of 2005. I don't know how much counts my opinion for you, but I can say i'm a fan of Coen Brothers, Kevin Smith and Tarantino. The cast is strong, including Woody Harrelson, more crazy and redneck than ever, Robin Williams, a desperate man because of incoming bankruptcy and a crazy wife, Holly Hunter his wife, suffering of Tourette Syndrome, Giovanni Ribisi, the mean insurance guy and Tim Blake Nelson, one of the two sensitive payed criminals. He also plays some of the music in the movie with his band. All of them have great performances, i don't know why this movie has such a small score. Indeed, reminded me of Coen's Fargo, there are a few resemblances. It is Alaska, and involves a kidnap Another thing that reminds me of Coens is the great great music, most of the songs played by the Eels and James. Oh, and almost forgot, another Coens moment...in the beginning, Holly Hunter's trip... Go and see it, it worths.


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