Big Trouble

Overview

It took nearly two years after its completion for Big Trouble to reach the big screen. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are respectively cast as a shady wheeler-dealer and an uptight family man. Strapped for the cash necessary to send his son to Yale, Arkin reluctantly enters into a murder scheme with Beverly D'Angelo. She is married to Falk, who, though he hasn't got long to live due to a heart ailment, may very well spend every penny D'Angelo has before he expires. Arkin is persuaded to kill Falk before this happens, ...
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Overview

It took nearly two years after its completion for Big Trouble to reach the big screen. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin are respectively cast as a shady wheeler-dealer and an uptight family man. Strapped for the cash necessary to send his son to Yale, Arkin reluctantly enters into a murder scheme with Beverly D'Angelo. She is married to Falk, who, though he hasn't got long to live due to a heart ailment, may very well spend every penny D'Angelo has before he expires. Arkin is persuaded to kill Falk before this happens, then split the money with D'Angelo. To Arkin's amazement he finds himself the victim of a carefully prepared confidence scam engineered by Falk and D'Angelo. Now that he has a hold over Arkin, Falk gets the poor fellow mixed up in yet another "perfect crime."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The idea of John Cassavetes directing a broad comedy may strike some as strange, though hardly as strange as the resulting film, Big Trouble. It simply is not a match made in heaven, but while no one would confuse Big Trouble with a good film, it's much better than it has any right to be -- and even has some moments that are actually quite hysterical. The screenplay, which started out as the work of Andrew Bergman, has a very amusing and playable premise -- one that's, however, a little too pat and conventional for a director like Cassavetes. The script eventually goes off track and the film becomes excessively chaotic -- but whether this is because Cassavetes made unwelcome changes leading to this chaos or because he was unable to bring directorial order to comedic chaos inherent in the script is impossible to gauge. The resulting mess is somewhat frustrating, but it does contain delicious nuggets -- the drugstore scene, for example -- that keep the viewer interested. It also has a good cast that ignores the chaos and dives headfirst into the silliness. Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, essentially reprising their In-Laws personas, have a valuable spark and chemistry, Beverly D'Angelo gives it her all, and Valerie Curtin does well with a rather thankless role. Big Trouble should be approached with caution, but in the right frame of mind it can be a decent diversion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/1994
  • UPC: 043396606272
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Falk Steve Rickey
Alan Arkin Leonard Hoffman
Beverly D'Angelo Blanche Rickey
Charles Durning O'Mara
Paul Dooley Noozel
Robert Stack Winslow
Valerie Curtin Arlene Hoffman
Richard Libertini Dr. Lopez
Steve Alterman Peter Hoffman
Jerry Pavlon Michael Hoffman
Paul La Greca Joshua Hoffman
John Finnegan Detective Murphy
Karl Lukas Police Captain
Gloria E. Gifford Wanda
Jeffrey Howard 2nd Executive
Maryedith Burrell Gail
Edith Fields Doris
Warren Munson Jack
Rosemarie Stack Mrs. Winslow
Barbara Tarbuck Helen
Al White Mr. Williams
Theodore Wilson Porter
Herb Armstrong Night Security Guard
Jaime Sanchez Chief Terrorist
Gaetano Lisi Gaetano Lopez
Chester Grimes Flavio Lopez
Irene Olga Lopez Lopez' Receptionist
Daphne Eckler Receptionist
Carol Reinhard Winslow's Secretary
Conroy Gedeon Reporter
Lenny Geer Whitlow Keppler
Melvin Jones Terrorist
Luis Contreras Terrorist
Domingo Ambriz Terrorist
Steve Lambert Terrorist
Howard Clapp 1st Exceutive
Leland Sun Chinese Laborer
Al Leong Chinese Laborer
Dennis Phun Chinese Laborer
Walter Soo Hoo Chinese Laborer
Richard Walter Hot Dog Eater
Joseph Medalis Salesman
Technical Credits
John Cassavetes Director
Andrew Bergman Screenwriter
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Donn Cambern Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
Duncan Henderson Asst. Director
Mildred J. Hill Score Composer, Songwriter
Patty S. Hill Score Composer, Songwriter
Joe Hubbard Set Decoration/Design
Gray Johnson Stunts
Michael Lobell Producer
Howard Pine Production Manager
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Peter Smith Art Director
Judy Taylor Casting
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Monty Westmore Makeup
Ralph Winters Editor
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