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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 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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Sound Mix:

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 Paul Barnell hugs his wife Margaret in the kitchen to sooth her nerves, Paul is holding her arms against his chest, there is a split second cut scene and his arms are now around her shoulders. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Barnell: Congratulations, you've just kidnapped a handicapped person.
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Connections

References Law & Order (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Last Stop: This Town
Written by Mark Oliver Everett & Michael Simpson
Performed by Eels (as Eels)
Courtesy of DreamWorks Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Underrated Film. Loved it.
4 August 2006 | by fsg73See all my reviews

What a pleasant surprise this film was for me. I ordered it via Video on Demand through the Time Warner cable system. They listed two cast members: Woody Harrelson and Alison Lohman. I love Alison (see Matchstick Men), so I decided to take a look.

Then, the opening credits begin and I see, Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, and Tim Blake Nelson, and I think, Why haven't I heard of this film before?

Usually, before I order a movie with which I am not familiar, I go to IMDbPro to read a review or two. I chose not to do that this time. After seeing and enjoying the film so much, I looked at a couple of reviews and one person tore it up because it seemed to be too derivative of the Coen Brothers' work.

Ridiculous and Cynical nonsense.

All films made now are derived from other movies, or TV shows, or books. The story and the acting pulled me in and I enjoyed myself very much. I can see what the reviewer meant about the film having a Coen brothers feel, but so what.

Bravo to all involved.


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