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Steal Big, Steal Little (1995)




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Director Andrew Davis followed up the action blockbuster The Fugitive (1993) with this Capra-esque box office dud that nevertheless featured engaging dual performances by Andy Garcia. Garcia stars as Ruben and Robby, twin brothers who were raised separately and have become total opposites. Ruben has recently inherited a 40,000-acre Santa Barbara estate from his eccentric guardian, Mona (Holland Taylor). A friend to artisans and migrant workers, Ruben wants to transform the land into a commune, while the cold-hearted Robby wants to steal it from his brother, develop it and make millions. Muddying the waters are Lou (Alan Arkin), a quick-thinking ex-cop and pal of Ruben's who is able to manipulate the law to his own purposes, Eddie (Joe Pantoliano), a shark lawyer who plays both sides against the middle, and Ruben's ex-wife Laura (Rachel Ticotin). When each brother masquerades as the other for a time, however, some insights are gained by both.


Andy Garcia
as Ruben Martinez, Robby Martinez
Alan Arkin
as Lou Perilli
Rachel Ticotin
as Laura Martinez
Joe Pantoliano
as Eddie Agopian
David Ogden Stiers
as Judge Myers
Ally Walker
as Bonnie Martin
Charles Rocket
as Sheriff Otis
Richard Bradford
as Nick Zingaro
Kevin McCarthy
as Reed Tyler
Nathan Davis
as Harry Lordly
Dominik García-Lorido
as Maria Martinez
Mike Nussbaum
as Sam Barlow
Rita Taggart
as Autumn McBride
Takaaki Ishibashi
as Yoshi Takamura
Tom Wood
as Dan McCann
Joe Kosala
as Sheriff Joe
Victor Rivers
as Sheriff Vic
Sam Vlahos
as Mauricio
Andy Romano
as Clifford Downey
Nelson Marquez
as Emilio Campos
Adam James
as Tyler's Bodyguard
Candice Daly
as Melissa
Cynthia Mace
as Betty Myers
Karen Kondazian
as Mrs. Agopian
Miguel Nino
as Guardia Officer
Ron Dean
as Nick's Boy
Jack Wallace
as Nick's Boy
Nick Pellegrino
as Mission Father
Robert Langenbucher
as Bailsman Aames
Tim Winters
as IRS Agent Cox
Joe Drago
as Inmate
Roselynn Pilkington
as Eddie's Secretary
Fred Lehto
as Strange Man
Cody Glenn
as INS Agent
Lee de Broux
as INS Official
Robert Lesser
as Agent Buchanan
Mick Pellegrino
as Mission Father
Soren Hansen
as Security Guard
Liz Lang
as Court Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Steal Big, Steal Little

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Overlong and overreaching.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

The principals all seem to be enjoying themselves, so when do we get in on the fun?

May 18, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

An inpspired Alan Arkin and a great Cuban soundtrack can't make up for fuzzy politics and a limp script.

February 3, 2003
Nitrate Online

Fast-paced comedy romp which affirms the triumph of good in the great dance of life.

Full Review… | August 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Steal Big, Steal Little


(**): [img][/img] I never really got truly involved with this movie. The cast is fine, but the movie is pretty forgettable. Fair at best.


(from The Watermark 09/30/95) Garcia plays twin brothers named Ruben and Robbie. Ruben is the flibbertigibbet with a heart of gold, while Robbie is the greedy businessman. When their rich mother dies and leaves all of her wealth to Ruben, Robbie retaliates by using his power with the local police and judicial system to re-acquire the family riches for himself. Marketed as a romantic comedy, the film makes the glaring error of starting out too serious, and when the comedy kicks in, it takes too long for us to get used to it. Add the occasional passionate-monologue-delivered-in-court to try and tug at our heart strings, the final product is a jumbled-up waste of time. Arkin is wonderfully farcical in his supporting role as Ruben’s business advisor, but do we really need another good twin/bad twin vehicle? Queer Quotient: The mother’s sleazebag lawyer (played by Joe Pantoliano) acts suspiciously like a fellow sister. Thank goodness he ends up seeing the light, and helps out the good guys - in drag no less. No sexuality is inferred, but if not for dressing up like a woman, what’s a good fag for?

David Almeida
David Almeida

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