The Big Fix

  • 1978
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Comedy, Mystery

Everyone loved THE BIG FIX except the public. Critics fell over each other describing the nuances in Dreyfuss' portrayal of a sixties radical who has become a detective, but the audience stayed away in droves despite the success of the star's previous picture, THE GOODBYE GIRL. Dreyfuss is a former radical type who takes only enough cases to support his...read more

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Everyone loved THE BIG FIX except the public. Critics fell over each other describing the nuances in Dreyfuss' portrayal of a sixties radical who has become a detective, but the audience stayed away in droves despite the success of the star's previous picture, THE GOODBYE GIRL. Dreyfuss

is a former radical type who takes only enough cases to support his ex-wife and a couple of children. When he is approached by former friend and activist Anspach to investigate a smear campaign against a moderate gubernatorial candidate, the private eye accepts. In the process the connections are

reestablished between Dreyfuss and all of his former radical-political contacts--and the spark between Dreyfuss and Anspach is rekindled. This attempt to meld a mystery with the morality and the political idealogy of former hippies doesn't quite make it, but the film offers enough incidental

material to keep you from falling asleep. Simon wrote a far more interesting book about the lead character and his super-leftist aunt (here played by Karin) entitled Peking Duck, which was set in mainland China. They should have filmed that one instead.

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  • Released: 1978
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Everyone loved THE BIG FIX except the public. Critics fell over each other describing the nuances in Dreyfuss' portrayal of a sixties radical who has become a detective, but the audience stayed away in droves despite the success of the star's previous pict… (more)

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