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The Big White

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Plot

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.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.4/10 (8,110 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director:
Mark Mylod

Stars: Robin Williams, Giovanni Ribisi, Holly Hunter

Storyline
In the middle of Alaska, travel agent Paul Barnell is near bankruptcy. Desperate to help himself and his beloved, mentally-ill wife Margaret, Paul discovers a dead body and passes it off as his missing brother Raymond, whose life is insured for up to $1,000,000. Everybody is duped, except for workaholic insurance investigator Ted Waters, who sets out to expose Paul, in hopes of being promoted out of Alaska. Meanwhile, two rookie hit men, Gary and Jimbo, discover Paul took 'their' body and kidnap Margaret, demanding the body back. Then, Raymond turns up alive, wanting in on the action…

Cast:

Robin Williams

Paul Barnell


Holly Hunter

Margaret Barnell


Giovanni Ribisi

Ted Waters


Tim Blake Nelson

Gary


W. Earl Brown

Jimbo


Woody Harrelson

Raymond Barnell


Alison Lohman

Tiffany


Billy Merasty

Cam

(as William Merasty)


Marina Stephenson Kerr

Avis


Ralph Alderman

Mr. Branch


Frank Adamson

Detective


Andrea Shawcross

Hair Stylist


Ryan Miranda

Korean-am Teenager


Craig March

Howard


Ty Wood

Paperboy

Taglines:
When you need somebody, any body will do.



Details

Official Website:
Ascendant Pictures |
Official site [Germany] |

Release Date: 3 December 2005

Filming Locations: Alaska, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: €76,704
(Italy)
(20 November 2005)
(80 Screens)

Gross: €81,163
(Italy)
(20 November 2005)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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Canada:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

According to the director's audio commentary on the DVD, financiers wanted Meg Ryan to play Holly Hunter's role. She flirted with the idea for about a year, before eventually dropping it.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
When Paul Barnell discovers the body in the dumpster he says, "911" and proceeds to dial three digits and you hear ringing. The tones the buttons make on the cell phone as the digits are pressed are actually "123".

Quotes:

Paul Barnell:
[Margaret is bound and gagged in back seat of Jimbo's car]
Why did you gag her?

Jimbo:
[exasperated]
You know!



User Review

Fargoesque!

Rating: 8/10


The Big White focus on travel agent Paul Barnell (Robin Williams), and
him trying to overcome his financial dilemmas. After failing to cash
out the insurance policy of his brother, who is missing since 5 years
and assumed dead, he stumbles across a frozen corpse. A new opportunity
arises, but not without problems! While trying to get the corpse to
pass of as his dead brother, Paul need to handle the two hit men (W.
Earl Brown and Tim Blake Nelson) wanting their corpse back and keep one
step ahead of insurance agent Ted (Giovanni Ribisi).One heck of a stew
is cooking!

You can't avoid comparing The Big White with the Coen brothers' Fargo,
since they're similar in style and story. Fargo, however, is better.
But this film is far from bad, and it's not as black a comedy as the
Coens-flick.

Acting and characters are wonderful. The script works perfectly. The
pace is sometimes on the slow side, but not for long. The story is a
mixture of love, comedy, drama, sadness and perhaps a wee bit of
hatred. Good stuff for a movie in other words! You won't get
disappointed by this film, unless you've got something against the
similarities with Fargo. If you loved Fargo, you'll like this one.
Perhaps even more. 8/10