Created by William Applegate Jr.
The problem with The Big Fall, a 1996 B-flick that went straight-to-video, is that after a promising if unspectacular start, evoking all the usual hard-boiled P.I. touchstones, it unfortunately morphs into a rather predictable action flick. Director and star C. Thomas Howell's scenery-chomping turn as private doofus BLAISE RYBECK is an unintentional laugh riot, as he trots out a weak line of what we're supposed to take as hard-boiled patter. While wearing a fedora and trenchcoat, no less.
I'm not sure is this one was supposed to be a parody or merely a half-ass detective film, though I must admit -- whether the yucks were intentional or not -- that there were a few halfway-decent wisecracks in it.
Blaise, who makes most of his money working divorce cases, gets roped into looking for the lost brother of British babe Emma Roussel ( Sophie Ward), and soon finds himself tangling with a homicidal FBI agent and bungee-jumping mob enforcers.
Yep. Happens all the time.
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