In his last film, Cassavetes ironically returned to studio filmmaking with this all-out comedy based on a screenplay by veteran scribe Andrew Bergman (under the pseudonym Warren Bogle).
With a plot premised on a murder scheme that indirectly references Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity
, this film nonetheless reworks familiar Cassavetes motifs, most particularly his exploration of flawed characters and loaded relationships.
Though an atypical work by Cassavetes, Big Trouble
breezes along, buoyed by the energetic performances of Alan Arkin, Peter Falk and Beverly D'Angelo.