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The Big Fix [VHS]

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, Ofelia Medina
  • Directors: Jeremy Kagan
  • Writers: Roger L. Simon
  • Producers: Richard Dreyfuss, Carl Borack
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300182606
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By A Customer on May 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Dreyfuss is brilliant in this rarely seen gem. He's a freelance private eye juggling an ex-wife and her guru, two precocious kids, a leftist ex-radical mother, a new romance with an old flame, and a trunkful of counter culture ideals seemingly UN-chic in the wasteland known as the 1970's. All this and a great murder mystery to boot. Am I the only one who saw it? At this price I guess I will be. If you get a chance to see it, do...it's great! Too bad Leon's song is left out--what were they thinking?
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Format: VHS Tape
Really hard to understand why this hasn't been released on DVD: great cast, sharp script, efficient direction, excellent mix of comedy and drama. Cast includes Fritz Weaver, Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Bedelia, Susan Anspach, John Lithgow, and Ron Rifkin. The film is based on a novel by Roger Simon about private investigator Moses Wine (Dreyfuss), who's a former political radical/hippie from his Berkeley college days. Set in the late 1970s, the story is of murder and corruption, with false identity thrown into the mix as well, and family squabbles to boot, plus a long lost love.

The director, Jeremy Kagan, deftly balances this mix, even managing to throw in some humor (Moses Wine's aunt is Russian and a former revolutionary; now, with a great sense of humor, she sasses back at a conservative politico and tells stories about the 'Albanian revolution' to Wine's two young sons).

Wine is hired by two different people to find two other different people. One's a political radical who's dropped out of sight; the other's the son of the man who hires Wine. Naturally these intertwine, and how they do that is nicely put together. It's a shame there's no DVD for this release; it's a lot of fun to see Dreyfuss chew up the scenery, especially when confronting his ex-wife (Bedelia)'s new lover, a pompous "BEST" trainer (remember EST?) played by Ron Rifkin.

Very entertaining. OK. So where's the DVD??
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Hell of a good movie. Dreyfuss is at his best in this movie of a family man detective who, in the middle of a mid life crisis without the Porsche or a bimbo, perseveres and takes the blows. Different type of detective fare that works wonders for us " not in the box" strangers ... sammy
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Format: VHS Tape
(I keep hoping to see this on DVD someday.)

I first watched this movie on HBO, oh, longer ago than I care to remember. (c. 1980) I just saw it again tonight, ravaged by commercial TV (PAX this time). I think I might break down and buy the VHS version.

If you like nostalgic murder mysteries, you will like this one. If you like good, snappy dialogue, this movie is for you. Dreyfus is very believable, and is supported by a great cast. (No pun intended, if you have seen it!) The twist and turns are great, and I'm not talking about a car chase here.

See this movie when you can, and pray for a DVD release.
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