Steal Big, Steal Little (1995)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Errors, Satire  |   Run Time - 135 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Director Andrew Davis followed up the action blockbuster The Fugitive (1993) with this Capra-esque box office dud that nevertheless featured engaging dual performances by Andy Garcia. Garcia stars as Ruben and Robby, twin brothers who were raised separately and have become total opposites. Ruben has recently inherited a 40,000-acre Santa Barbara estate from his eccentric guardian, Mona (Holland Taylor). A friend to artisans and migrant workers, Ruben wants to transform the land into a commune, while the cold-hearted Robby wants to steal it from his brother, develop it and make millions. Muddying the waters are Lou (Alan Arkin), a quick-thinking ex-cop and pal of Ruben's who is able to manipulate the law to his own purposes, Eddie (Joe Pantoliano), a shark lawyer who plays both sides against the middle, and Ruben's ex-wife Laura (Rachel Ticotin). When each brother masquerades as the other for a time, however, some insights are gained by both.

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danger, brother, con/scam, credit, ecology, embezzlement, exploitation, fortune [wealth], heir, inheritance, migrant-worker, revenge, twins