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Big Stan (2007)

A weak con man panics when he learns he's going to prison for fraud. He hires a mysterious martial arts guru who helps transform him into a martial arts expert who can fight off inmates who want to hurt or love him.

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Rob Schneider

Writer:

Josh Lieb
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Schneider ... Big Stan
David Carradine ... The Master
Jennifer Morrison ... Mindy
Scott Wilson ... Warden Gasque
Richard Kind ... Mal
Sally Kirkland ... Madame Foreman
M. Emmet Walsh ... Lew Popper
Henry Gibson ... Shorts
Jackson Rathbone ... Robbie
Kevin Gage ... Bullard
Bob Sapp ... Big Raymond
Brandon T. Jackson ... Deshawn (as Brandon Jackson)
Dan Haggerty ... Tubby
Richard Riehle ... Judge Perry
Marcia Wallace ... Alma
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Storyline

The fraudulent real state agent Stan is married with his beloved Mindy and has a seven million dollar fortune. When he is arrested for fraud, he is sentenced to three years in prison and his assets are frozen by the justice. However, his crooked lawyer Lew Popper negotiates a six month freedom, and the weak Stan, who is afraid of being raped in prison, hires the specialist in martial arts The Master to teach him self-defense. Six months later, Big Stan is sent to the Oaksburgh State Penitentiary totally confident in his expertise in martial arts. He challenges the violent leaders of the gangs and defeats them, being respected by the inmates and bringing peace in the patio. However, the dirty Warden Gasque has the intention of transforming the penitentiary in a luxury resort, and uses Big Stan knowledge to improve his project, promising to release him sooner using the corrupt penal system. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The cell block just got a new bully.... a small one. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

A prueba de hombres See more »

Filming Locations:

Stockton, California, USA

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rob Schneider collapsed secondary to heat exhaustion and food poisoning when soaring temperatures on the set left him struggling to keep up with filming. See more »

Goofs

Stan's lawyer informs him there was a "last minute change" made by the Bureau of Prisons. The Bureau of Prisons ("BOP") governs federal prisons only, but Stan was sentenced to a state prison, which is governed by the state's agency, known only as "Department of Corrections". See more »

Quotes

[after Mindy takes out the Warden with one kick]
Stan Minton: Where did *that* come form?
Mindy: What do you *think* I've been doing with The Master for the past six months?
The Master: Nice work taking care of Dang, but you're still my Number Two Student.
Stan Minton: Huh?
The Master: [pointing to Mindy] *She'll* kick your ass.
Stan Minton: I think I might like that.
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Crazy Credits

After the actors' credits, the first text-only credit is a giant "Catering by Alex" See more »

Connections

References The Karate Kid (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Carroll County Blues
Arranged by Ferrell Stowe
Published by Snappy Shirt Music (BMI)
Performed by Ferrell Stowe
Courtesy of www.FerrellStowe.com
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Rob Schneider is...Unrapeable!
26 August 2008 | by pmdawnSee all my reviews

So, after becoming a gigolo, a teenage girl, an animal and making a lot of copies, Schneider becomes unrapeable. And it works for me.

One thing will dictate whether you'll like this movie: 1 - Rob Schneider. I like him, but he's made some real turkeys (Animal comes to mind), so I was unsure of what to expect. If you don't like him, you probably won't like this. Probably, but not surely, because this is one of his best movies.

Here he enlists the help of a good ensemble cast AND David Carradine, who steals every scene he's in, by playing a parody of himself straight-faced. This is essentially a prison comedy movie, and the best one I've seen since "Mean Machine" and "Life".

This time, instead of becoming a Stapler as his previous movies would indicate, he becomes a martial arts expert in order to cope with life in prison. You know, because he doesn't want to get raped. That's pretty much his only agenda, of course until he gets to know the inmates better and the usual clichés unwhirl.

The irony in seeing the diminutive actor kicking more ass than Chuck Norris is what makes this movie so entertaining, and in a way, even inspiring (if completely unbelievable). There are several laugh out loud scenes here, including one in which he "bans" rape from prison.

The only real problem with this film, aside from being deliciously silly and a tad too long, is that is pretty much divided in two extremely different parts, the buildup and the actual prison scenes. But in the end all is well, because laughter is what Schneider wanted, and that's precisely what he got out of me with "Big Stan".

So, good job, Rob, and try to keep it up.


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