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Big Trouble (1986)

Director: John Cassavetes     Starring: Peter Falk
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40223050
UPC: 043396103627
UPC 14: 00043396103627
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Get set for Big Trouble and double indemnity when Peter Falk (TV's "Columbo") and Alan Arkin (The In-Laws) reunite as a wacky pair of insurance swindlers. Beverly D'Angelo (American History X, Vegas Vacation) aids and abets the inspired lunacy in director John Cassavetesâ riotous farce. The trouble and the laughs start when insurance man Leonard Hoffman (Arkin) decides to send his three sons to Yale. To raise cash, Leonard gets drawn into a bizarre scheme by Steve Rickey (Falk) and his screwball wife Blanche (D'Angelo). But their plot to collect an "accidental" death policy gets sidetracked by a series of hilariously unforeseen twists. Can these unlikely allies pull off the sting before they get stung? Falk and Arkin pile up big laughs as they get deeper and deeper into Big Trouble!

"A classic farce...deliciously funny... A career high point for Falk and Arkin.  Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
A troubled production history notwithstanding, BIG TROUBLE remains a lighthearted updating of the classic film noir DOUBLE INDEMNITY. Alan Arkin stars as Leonard Hoffman, an insurance salesman and father of triplets. When it becomes apparent that his dream of sending his three sons to Yale is financially impossible, opportunity presents itself in the form of Blanche (Beverly D'Angelo), sexy wife of Steve Rickey (Peter Falk), who convinces Leonard to trick her husband into signing an obscure life insurance plan that promises a huge payoff if he dies while falling from a train. After the mission is seemingly accomplished, Steve reappears, confusing matters, and thereby sending Leonard's life into an official tailspin. Director John Cassavetes's is credited as the director of BIG TROUBLE; he actually stepped in as a replacement. Although the film is therefore not a unique Cassavetes document, it manages to breeze along, guided by the performances of Falk (a Cassavetes standby) and Arkin, stars of 1979's THE IN-LAWS.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/22/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1986
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10362
Video UPC UPC: 00043396103627
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Arkin
Video Cast Info Beverly D'Angelo
Video Cast Info Charles Durning
Video Cast Info Peter Falk
Video Cast Info Robert Stack
Video Cast Info Bill Butler - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Cassavetes - Director
Video Cast Info Donn Cambern - Editor
Video Cast Info Bill Conti - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Gene Callahan - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Andrew Bergman - Writer
Plot Summary
In this spoof of classic film noir, an unassuming man (Alan Arkin) devises an elaborate insurance fraud scheme in order to raise the funds necessary to send his three sons to Yale. His plan involves collecting on an accidental death policy that mirrors the ploy from Billy Wilder's DOUBLE INDEMNITY. However, when it turns out that the joke has been played on him, he must find a way out of his seemingly hopeless predicament. BIG TROUBLE was directed by John Cassavetes as a gun-for-hire; Peter Falk and Beverly D'Angelo star as a not-so-happily-married couple.

Professional Reviews

"...Cassavetes did a creditable job directing his actors..." 06/04/1986

Los Angeles Times
"...Deliciously funny....BIG TROUBLE is crisp, polished and handsome....As for Falk and Arkin, BIG TROUBLE represents a career high point for both of them..." 06/27/1986 p.C17

"[A] bizarrely watchable spoof thriller, riffing on DOUBLE INDEMNITY..." 01/01/2004 p.143

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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