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The Big White (2005)




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An Alaskan travel agent finds a frozen body in a dumpster and tries to pass it off as his long-lost brother for a life insurance claim, in the hope of using the money to treat his wife's Tourette's Syndrome.

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Robin Williams
as Paul Barnell
Holly Hunter
as Margaret Barnell
Woody Harrelson
as Raymond Barnell
Ralph Alderman
as Mr. Branch
Frank Adamson
as Detective Boyle
Andrea Shawcross
as hair stylist
Ryan Miranda
as Korean Teenager
Ty Wood
as Paperboy
Brenda McDonald
as Mrs.Wherry
Deena Fontaine
as Female Cop
Joanne Rodriguez
as TV Reporter
Eric Epstein
as Minister
Harry Nelken
as Warehouse Owner
Stephen Eric McIntyre
as City Worker 2
Robert Kostyra
as Computer Repo Man
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Critic Reviews for The Big White

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Snowed under by misjudgment on every level, The Big White is DOA.

November 16, 2005

Never completely finds its balance.

October 10, 2005

A lame Fargo wannabe. Despite Robin Williams and a decent supporting cast, this was barely released to theaters, and it's easy to see why.

July 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/10

A cross-between "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski". A good film.

November 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

It's one of those movies that wants to be hip, but winds up being irritating in a pretentious, poseur sort of way.

June 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Though it's better than Robin Williams' recent theatrical hit R.V., it still doesn't quite click.

June 2, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big White


The Big White can be rightly thought of as a poor man's Fargo, a clever black comedy that doubles as a character study. It doesn't have the same witty dialogue or sense of depth as Fargo, or the laughs of other black comedies like Bad Santa, but The Big White is held up by strong performances by Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, and Woody Harrelson. The cinematography is done very well, giving the film a very authentic, small town feel set against such a barren landscape. The script is also fairly strong, with some genuinely interesting plot twists. Quirky, passably witty, and unique, it's an effective dark comedy with a Cohen brothers-esque feel. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

fun for a little bit but the darkness of the story is a little to much and the story is just uninspiring. williams takes another interesting choice that doesn't pay off

Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

Its a weirdly good film with funny and unbelievable bits i think its sort of dark humour but its weird and heart warming as its gives erfect reasons for why robin williams did wat he did with twist unvieling at every moment so worth a watch

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