Trapped in Paradise

Trapped in Paradise is a 1994 Christmas-themed comedy film, written and directed by George Gallo, and starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey.


Bill Firpo is getting his life back on track, managing a restaurant in New York. However, just days before Christmas, his two half-wit brothers - Dave and Alvin - get paroled from prison and are placed into Bill's custody. The pair convinces their brother to go to Paradise, Pennsylvania to deliver a very important note from a fellow inmate to his daughter. Of course, the duo's hidden agenda is that they know there is a bank in the town that is just ripe to be robbed as the small town is full of trusting people and isn't exactly heavy on security. After some tempting, convincing and enticement, the two ex-cons are able to get Bill, who is wanting to keep straight, to go along with their plan and the three decided pull off the job.

They don ski-masks and rob the bank, holding a large portion of the small town at gunpoint. Although their heist is not without calamity and mishaps, they get the money and actually get away unscathed and unidentified. However, a huge snow storm prevents them from getting too far. The stranded group of brothers soon finds themselves stuck in Paradise, PA and are soon taken in by no less than the president of the bank they had robbed earlier that day. While the three brothers pass the time while stuck in the small town, they are besieged with the kindness and spirit of giving of the townsfolk.

After seeing how nice the people of Paradise are, and getting caught up in the spirit of Christmas, the trio decides to try right their wrong and return the money in a way that would avoid revealing themselves as the robbers.


TitlePerformed by
"You Make Me Feel So Young"
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"Bing Crosby
"Up on the Housetop"Eddy Arnold
"You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"Dean Martin
"Danke Schoen"
"Y.M.C.A." (uncredited)
"Deck the Halls" (uncredited)
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (uncredited)Jon Lovitz
"Beautiful Dreamer" (uncredited)Florence Stanley
"Red River Valley" (uncredited)
"Silent Night! Holy Night!" (uncredited)
"Jingle Bells" (uncredited)


Nicolas CageBill Firpo
Richard B. ShullFather Ritter
Jon LovitzDave Firpo
Dana CarveyAlvin Firpo
Jack HellerChief Parole Officer
Mike SteinerMonty Dealer
Greg Ellwand
Kirk Dunn
Blanca JansuzianShopkeeper
Florence StanleyEdna 'Ma' Firpo
Jeff Levine
Cherie Ewing
Restaurant patrons
Sandra Myers
Frank Berardino
Diner patrons
Mabel & SargeMerlin
Paul LazarDeputy Timmy Burnell
Andrew MillerDeputy Myers
Sean McCannChief Bernie Burnell
Gerard ParkesFather Gorenzel
Madchen AmickSarah Collins
Donald MoffatClifford Anderson
Frank BlanchRutag Guard
John AshtonEd Dawson
John BergantineClovis Minor
Angela PatonHattie Anderson
Vivian ReisLila
Bernard BehrensDoc Milgrom
Bunty WebbHertha Wayerhauser
Kay HawtreyRose Weyerhauser
Vic ManniVic Mazzucci
Frank PesceCaesar Spinoza
Vic NotoCrazy Lee
Nicky Pops Anest
Rocco Savastano
George Aggie Anest
George Gallo Sr.Don Vito
Al CerulloHelicopter Pilot
Richard McMillan
James W. Evangelatos
Robert Thomas
Richard JenkinsAgent Shaddus Peyser
Jonathan AlloreAgent Boyle
Mark MelymickAgent Cooper
Scott WickwareAgent Giardello
Sean O'BryanDick Anderson
Zoe ErwinMarla Anderson
John DaweNewscaster
Marcia BennettBus Station Clerk
Brett MillerState Trooper
Pierre Larocque
Tom McCleary
Bill CurrieBus driver
Marco Kyris
Brian Kaulback
David Farant
Carson Manning (uncredited)Prisoner
Michal Page (uncredited)Girl

External links

20th Century Fox
Miracle on 34th Street (1955 remake) (1973 remake) (1994 remake) • Die HardDie Hard 2Home AloneHome Alone 2: Lost in New YorkGeorge Balanchine's The NutcrackerTrapped in ParadiseJingle All the WayHome Alone 4The Family StoneDeck the Halls12 Men of ChristmasHome Alone: The Holiday HeistJingle All the Way 2
Television episodes and specials
Live-action shows
"Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve" • "Christmas Story" • "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip" • "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas" • "Amends" • "Cookies for Santa" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "The 23rd" • "Glee, Actually" • "Santa" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
Animated shows and specials
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season"
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled"
Other cartoons "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other Reindeer • "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
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