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Big Deal (2002)

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Credited cast:
Mathias Gnädinger Mathias Gnädinger ... Walter Oberholzer
Martin Schenkel Martin Schenkel ... Robert Weber
Mona Petri ... Helena Fröhlich (as Mona Fueter)
Walter Andreas Müller Walter Andreas Müller ... Andreas Fröhlich (as Walter Andreas Mueller)
Patrick Frey Patrick Frey ... Bezirksanwalt Bruno Zingg
Jean-Pierre Cornu Jean-Pierre Cornu ... Bankdirektor Dr. Edi Hess
Norbert Schwientek Norbert Schwientek ... Wolfgang Schmitz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ettore Cella Ettore Cella ... De Pury
Esther Gemsch Esther Gemsch
Dodo Hug Dodo Hug ... Gaby
Pasquale Mazziotta Pasquale Mazziotta ... Waiter
Enzo Scanzi Enzo Scanzi ... Giovanoli
Pascal Ulli ... Marek
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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German

Release Date:

18 February 2002 (Switzerland) See more »

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C-Films AG, SRF See more »
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Good idea badly executed
10 March 2002 | by phil_haselbachSee all my reviews

Once, movie director Fischer gave us precious little gems like 'Brandnacht'. So where's the problem nowadays?

The basic idea behind this crime comedy is ingenious, even on an international level. It's basically about the turmoils in a very corrupt Zurich high society which is caused by the dying of a well-known banker whose untimely death leads to a series of almost incredible events. The whole crime story even includes your average tough 'mafiosi' and is interwoven with a nice little love story between a taxi driver (played by Martin Schenkel) and the daughter of a corrupt politician (Mona Fueter - she's cute). There are many well-known Swiss actors and comedians involved in this movie: Mathias Gnädinger, Walter Andreas Müller, Patrick Frey...

The problem of the movie is its execution - that's why it fails in the end. The action is too hectic, basically because there is too much plot for 90 minutes of screen time. Thus, the actors are degraded to cardboard characters. (Schenkel is the only exception, but I'm being nice here). The love story never rings true and the fast transition of the action from a petty crime-level to mayhem is too outlandish to be believed. This could have been a great mini-series in three parts or so, but as a movie, it stinks.

At least, it's not boring.


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