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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul Barnell
... Margaret Barnell
... Ted Waters
... Gary
... Jimbo
... Raymond Barnell
... Tiffany
Billy Merasty ... Cam (as William Merasty)
... Avis
Ralph Alderman ... Mr. Branch
... Detective
... Hair Stylist
Ryan Miranda ... Korean-am Teenager
... Howard
... Paperboy
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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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Rated R for language including sexual references and some violence | See all certifications »

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3 December 2005 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)
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While filming in Winnipeg, the set dressers had an unusual problem. They had spent an entire day covering a location in fake snow for a scene when mother nature decided to dump 30 cm (12 inches) of the real stuff in a rare May snow storm. See more »

Goofs

When Raymond is pointing the gun at Paul towards the end of the movie, the trigger is cocked in the first scene, then in the next two it's not, then he cocks it, but in the next scene it's again not cocked. Then it's cocked, not cocked, cocked and as he turns and shoots at Margaret the barrel turns as he cocks the trigger for the second time just before he shoots. See more »

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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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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Written by Marco Marinangeli and David Fisher
Performed by Robbie Wyckoff
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music and Compression Records
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Darkly Comic, Intelligent Film
28 June 2006 | by See 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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