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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Big Trouble (1986)
Directed by: John Cassavetes
Starring: Peter Falk, Alan Arkin, Beverly D’Angelo, Charles Durning, Robert Stack, Paul Dooley, Valerie Curtin, Richard Libertini
Screenplay by: Andrew Bergman
Production Design by: Gene Callahan, Peter Landsdown Smith
Cinematography by: Bill Butler
Film Editing by: Donn Cambern, Ralph E. Winters
Costume Design by: Joe I. Tompkins
Set Decoration by: Lee Poll
Art Direction by: Peter Landsdown Smith
Music by: Bill Conti
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: May 30, 1986