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To remedy his financial problems, a travel agent has his eye on a frozen corpse, which just happens to be sought after by two hitmen.

Stars: Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, Holly Hunter


Studio Platinum Disc Corporation
SKU 202524289
UPC 096009444693
UPC 14 00096009444693
Format DVD
Release Date 7/31/2007
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Williams,Robin
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Cast & Crew
Christopher Eberts - Producer
Collin Friesen - Writer
Giovanni Ribisi - Actor
Holly Hunter - Actor
James Glennon - Cinematographer
Julie Monroe - Editor
Mark Mothersbaugh - Original Music By
Mark Mylod - Director
Michael Birnbaum - Executive Producer
Robin Williams - Actor
Woody Harrelson - Actor
Review The Big White's marketing problems almost without question relate to its similarity to Fargo -- a film you never want to try to go head to head against. Williams plays a financially distraught travel agent named Paul. Desperate for cash (and Tourette's-suffering wife Margaret (Hunter) is no help), he lucks out when he comes across a dead body in a Dumpster, takes out a quickie life insurance policy on his long-lost brother, then puts bacon on his face and leaves him to the wolves...Sound familiar? There's no way to review this frozen double-cross story without thinking of Fargo every step of the way. Williams even seems to be aping Wililam H. Macy in his continuing quest for credibility as a "serious" actor. And he pulls it off. The Big White is a very good and underrated little movie, full of black comedy, clever coincidences and plot twists, and fun performances from Hunter, Harrelson, and Alison Lohman as Ribisi's telephone psychic girlfriend...And yet it is so very familiar. Director Mark Mylod (best known for doing the Ali G Indahouse TV show) and writer Collin Friesen (who made a film called Farm Sluts) are slaves to the Coen brothers. Great mentors yes, but The Big White loses too many points for originality, to the degree where it eventually starts to feel like a derivative instead of an homage.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource DVD Times
Review Let's get the Fargo comparison out of the way now. A black comedy, set in Alaska in snow covered locations, two incompetent killers and a dead body to be disposed of - the comparisons to the Coen Brothers film are inevitable, and unfortunate. Personally, although I love the Coen Brothers' films, I'm not as fond of Fargo as most other fans, but it has to be said it handles its black humour with a great deal more sophistication, with more originality, with better characters and, lets face it, with more actual humour than this poor second-hand attempt. To say The Big White has plot holes is pointless - it's not the kind of film where you would take any of the unlikely coincidences, contrivances, contradictions and just-not-making-any-sense the least bit seriously - but does it have to be so predictable?...With a cast like this - Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Blake Nelson, W. Earl Brown, Woody Harrelson and Alison Lohman, you'd expect a lot more from Big White than it actually delivers. Ok, with only a number of UK TV series (Cold Feet, Reeves and Mortimer) and one less-than-creditable previous feature film (Ali G Indahouse), you might question Mark Mylod's ability to handle a feature film, but I think he and the cast only do as well as the script allows, and it's a lousy script - unoriginal and unfunny.
Reviewer Noel Megahey
ReviewRating 5
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Williams,Robin
Label Platinum Disc Corporation
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter Ice-bound black comedy boasts strong cast...
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian The director here is a bright British spark...
Philip French, The Observer ...Ribisi is rather good as the claims investigator...
Ain't It Cool News Hilarious!
Vince Leo, Qwipster's Movie Reviews ...Fargo redux...a dark and offbeat sense of humor...

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