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Big Trouble (1986)




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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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Peter Falk
as Steve Rickey
Alan Arkin
as Leonard Hoffman
Beverly D'Angelo
as Blanche Rickey
Robert Stack
as Winslow
Valerie Curtin
as Arlene Hoffman
Steve Alterman
as Peter Hoffman
Jerry Pavlon
as Michael Hoffman
Paul La Greca
as Joshua Hoffman
John Finnegan
as Detective Murphy
Karl Lukas
as Police Captain
Rosemarie Stack
as Mrs. Winslow
Al White
as Mr. Williams
Herb Armstrong
as Night Security Guard
Jaime Sánchez
as Chief Terrorist
Gaetano Lisi
as Gaetano Lopez
Chester Grimes
as Flavio Lopez
Irene Olga Lopez
as Lopez' Receptionist
Daphne Eckler
as Receptionist
Carol Reinhard
as Winslow`s Secretary
Conroy Gedeon
as Reporter
Lenny Geer
as Whitlow Keppler
Melvin Jones
as Terrorist
Luis Contreras
as Terrorist
Domingo Ambriz
as Terrorist
John Bianchini
as Terrorist
Steve Lambert
as Terrorist
Nafa Rasho
as Terrorist
Roger T. Ito
as Terrorist
Perry Fluker
as Terrorist
Lynn Ready
as Terrorist
Steven Lambert
as Terrorist
Howard Clapp
as Exceutive
Jeff Howard
as Exceutive
Leland Sun
as Chinese Laborer
Al Leong
as Chinese Laborer
Danny Lew
as Chinese Laborer
as Chinese Laborer
Dennis Phun
as Chinese Laborer
Walter Soo Hoo
as Chinese Laborer
Richard Walter
as Hog Dog Eater
Joe Medalis
as Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Big Trouble

All Critics (6)

What starts out as a merry enough romp soon runs out of steam and becomes painfully labored.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not top-notch Cassavetes, but is still watchable.

April 15, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

From the depths of the files marked 'for completists only' comes John Cassavetes' Big Trouble, a film that defies all but the most determined attempts to fit it into the master's canon.

August 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Cassavetes here applies his remarkable talent for social observation in a light-comedy context and creates one of the strangest, and in many ways most frustrating, screen comedies in recent years.

August 30, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's distressing that his last film, Big Trouble, appears to capitulate to just that sort of formula.

August 30, 2006 | Full Review…

Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it.

November 7, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Trouble


I really like "non-studio Cassavetes" much better.

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