Trapped in Paradise
- 1 hr 51 min
Bill Firpo (Nicolas Cage) is a law-abiding citizen who simply wants to do the right thing. He goes to church on a regular basis, and every so often he even goes to confession. The problem with Bill is that he has two brothers, Dave (Jon Lovitz) and Alvin (Dana Carvey). Both have issues that land them in prison, and Bill is concerned that some of their ways will rub off on him. Both his brothers are being released on probation in his custody, and Bill finds himself having to deal with Dave, who is a compulsive liar, and Alvin, who is a kleptomaniac. Dave concocts a plan to force the three to take a trip to Paradise, Pennsylvania, under the pretext that an acquaintance from the joint wants him to do a favor, which supposedly involves finding a relative and begging her to pay the inmate a visit. Because the two brothers are on probation and Bill is in charge, he insists that it is not a good idea, but they manage to get him to make the trip anyway. A trunk full of weapons convinces him that his wayward brothers brought him to Paradise to join them in the robbery of a local bank. The robbery gets off to a bad start when the bank manager is not on the premises; in fact he is across the street having lunch. Because he is the only one with a key to the vault where the money is kept, Bill must cross the street with a hostage and bring him back to the bank. In so doing he is forced to bring all the other customers with him to avoid the risk of them notifying the police. Bill trips the alarm, causing them to flee the scene. George Gallo writes and directs this comedy adventure, with supporting actress Mädchen Amick as Sarah Collins, Donald Moffat as Clifford Anderson and Florence Stanley as Edna 'Ma' Firpo.