The Big White
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Robin Williams stars as Paul Barnell, an Alaskan travel agent who's nearing bankruptcy. Paul also has to contend with his wife Margaret, (Holly Hunter) who's suffering from a psychosomatic form of Tourette's syndrome. One night Paul stumbles upon an abandoned corpse in a dumpster he decides to pass it off as the dead body of his missing brother Raymond (Woody Harrelson), so he can collect the insurance money.
However, Paul hasn't reckoned on the attentions of ruthless insurance claims' investigator, Ted (Giovanni Ribisi) who is determined to eke out the truth about Paul's brother. Paul also has to contend with the two bumbling killers (Tim Blake Nelson and W. Earl Brown) show up and threaten to harm Margaret if they don't get their corpse back.
The Big White gets right to the nasty action early on when Paul tries to fit the corpse into a refrigerator. Soon the violence spreads to living victims, with beatings coming at one point or another too much of the cast.
Alison Lohman does a nice turn as a Ted's girlfriend but the most interesting character is Margaret, who bewilders an intruder with a barrage of unexpected projectiles and spews forth-vitriolic profanity at a moments notice.
The Big White is definitely worth watching for those who like their humor dark and irreverent, with money, blackmail, death, madness and lots of snow make up most of what you'll see.Read more ›
Williams plays a down-on-his-luck travel agent with financial difficulties and a wife with Tourette's (Hunter). Needing cash, he tries to collect on his missing brother's insurance policy. Ribisi, as the insurance investigator, informs him that his brother has not been missing long enough to be considered legally dead and there's nothing that can be done. In a coincidence, a couple of amateur hitmen dump a body in the dumpster outside Williams' agency. Williams, on discovering the corpse, masterminds a plot to get his brother declared dead. The hitmen, then, are ordered to retrieve the body (which is now missing) and all types of mayhem ensues.
I will say that "The Big White" has a lot going for it, and I can imagine some people really enjoying it.Read more ›
In watching his films back to back, I have also been stunned to find how many of them involve a scene about suicide. In this one his wife threatens suicide and they have a discussion about suicide and about how much he loves her and doesn't want to lose her. His wife is played by Holly Hunter and she is nowhere near as sad as Williams in this film yet she is characterized as the suicidal one. Williams always improvised on the script a great deal and I am wondering if suicide scenes or discussion of suicide scenes weren't added by him to the screenplay. There are just way too many of these in film after film not to wonder who put them there.
So if you are considering watching this film for the outrageous, comic Williams, he is not here. He is a very subdued, quiet, at his wit's end character and it is everyone who is around him who is darkly madcap instead. These include Holly Hunter, Woody Harrelson, Tim Blake Nelson and Giovanni Ribisi, all of whom are top notch actors in fine form here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I kind of expected more from Robin Williams In this film. This certainly wasn't his best film and perhaps he just needed another pay check and accepted this role for an average... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas R. Post
I like the movie very much,real funny.I hate the fact tha robin Williams is gone,he was a good actor.
Non-stop laughs despite all the horror. It is one of the few movies I just can't stop watching. DVD works great!!Published 6 months ago by Carissa
Loved this Robin Williams little known movie. A little different type of movie for him. Must have for Robin Williams fans.Published 11 months ago by arkycatfish
Buyer beware!!!! Mine arrived in Blu-Ray case, HOWEVER inside was ONLY a DVD copy. no Blu-Ray disc. I didn't open it until months after receiving it, now can't return. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Brian Z.