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Director  John Cassavetes
Music director  Bill Conti
Country  United States
5.1/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Screenplay  Andrew Bergman
Writer  Andrew Bergman
Language  English
Big Trouble (1986 film) movie poster
Release date  May 30, 1986 (1986-05-30)
Cast  Alan Arkin (Leonard Hoffman), Beverly D'Angelo (Blanche Rickey), Peter Falk (Steve Rickey), Charles Durning (O'Mara), Robert Stack (Winslow), Paul Dooley (Noozel)
Similar movies  Related John Cassavetes movies

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Big Trouble is a 1986 American comedy film. It was director John Cassavetes's last film. He took over from screenwriter Andrew Bergman (who was going to direct). The cast reunited Peter Falk and Alan Arkin, co-stars of The In-Laws, also featured Beverly D'Angelo, Charles Durning and Valerie Curtin.


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The film's plot was so similar to that of Double Indemnity that, prior to production, Columbia Pictures was forced to trade the ownership of their unused script called Back to the Future with Universal Pictures (rights-holder for Double Indemnity) to reuse the plot of the earlier film.

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Leonard Hoffman is a Los Angeles insurance agent with a problem on his hands. He has teenage triplets who are all gifted musicians, but wife Arlene insists that the kids attend college at Yale, requiring more than $40,000 in tuition, rather than less expensive schools like nearby UCLA.

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This situation is on Leonard's mind when he pays a business call to the Beverly Hills mansion of Steve and Blanche Rickey. He is met by a flirtatious and scantily clad Blanche, who explains a problem of her own—Steve is dying, with less than a week to live, but accidentally let his life-insurance policy lapse.

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A scheme is hatched involving a policy with a double-indemnity clause. Steve has to die in an unexpected fashion for this to happen, but he may or may not cooperate.


  • Peter Falk as Steve Rickey
  • Alan Arkin as Leonard Hoffman
  • Beverly D'Angelo as Blanche Rickey
  • Charles Durning as O'Mara
  • Robert Stack as Winslow
  • Paul Dooley as Noozel
  • 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 Det. Murphy
  • Karl Lukas as Police captain
  • Maryedith Burrell as Gail
  • Edith Fields as Doris
  • Reception

    "That was a mess," said Andrew Bergman. "I never fixed the ending, and that was the problem. You’ve got to have it when you get it on the floor. You can’t say, ‘Later, we’ll get it straight.’ It’s true in every medium. You’ve got to hit the ground running, and we didn’t. I never had the ending straight."

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