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".
R (adult situations/language)
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Peter Falk
as Steve Rickey
Alan Arkin
as Leonard Hoffman
Beverly D'Angelo
as Blanche Rickey
Paul Dooley
as Noozel
Robert Stack
as Winslow
Valerie Curtin
as Arlene Hoffman
Richard Libertini
as Dr. Lopez
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
Teddy Wilson
as Porter
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
Yukio G. Collins
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
Jeffrey Howard
as 2nd Executive
Joseph Medalis
as Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Big Trouble

All Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2006
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2006

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Audience Reviews for Big Trouble

"Big Trouble" is unbelievable, unfunny and filled with unlikeable characters. Cassavetess should have made a better comedy.

Matthew James
Matthew James

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

Jonathan Hutchings
Jonathan Hutchings

Super Reviewer


Sporadic bits of humor can’t quite sustain the momentum of the film. It’s not awful, but it doesn’t stand out in any way. The cast is good but they lack enthusiasm. Bland, not funny enough.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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