Big Stan

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Big Stan
Big Stan Poster.png
Promotional poster for Big Stan
Directed by Rob Schneider
Produced by John Schneider
Mark A.Z. Dippé
Rob Schneider
David Hillary
Timothy Wayne Peternel
Written by Josh Lieb
Starring Rob Schneider
Jennifer Morrison
Scott Wilson
Henry Gibson
Richard Kind
Jackson Rathbone
M. Emmet Walsh
David Carradine
Music by John Hunter
Cinematography Victor Hammer
Edited by Richard Halsey
Production
  company
Crystal Sky Pictures
Silver Nitrate
From Out of Nowhere Productions
Chicago Entertainment Partners
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • November 5, 2007 (2007-11-05) (KBS Premiere Pictures Festival)
  • March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24) (United Kingdom)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7.5 million
Box office $8,742,330[1]

Big Stan is a 2007 American comedy film directed and produced by Rob Schneider, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Jennifer Morrison, Scott Wilson and David Carradine. Although released in some overseas markets during the fall of 2008, it was released straight to DVD in the U.S. on March 24, 2009. It debuted at number 17 on the DVD rental charts of March 23–30, 2009. On the radio show Loveline, Schneider stated that this film will be an "anti-man-raping" film — referring to prison rape.[2]

Plot[edit]

A real estate con artist named Stan Minton (Rob Schneider) panics when he learns that he is going to prison for fraud. Stan's fear of jail-house rape leads him to hire the mysterious guru known as "The Master" (David Carradine) who helps transform him into a creative martial-arts expert. During his incarceration, Stan uses his new-found skills to intimidate his fellow prisoners and prevents the prisoners from hitting or raping each other.

He gains the prisoners' respect, and eventually becomes their leader, bringing peace and harmony to the prison yard. But the corrupt warden has a plan to profit by turning the prison into a war zone, forcing its closure, and selling off the property as valuable real estate. Stan helps him with the real estate aspects in exchange for early parole, however his peacemaking efforts threaten the warden's plan for a riot and he is persuaded to bring back violence.

In a last minute attack of conscience he deliberately blows the parole hearing to rush back and prevent the deaths of his fellow inmates, only to discover that his message of peace has sunk in and the prisoners are dancing instead of fighting. The warden orders the guards to open fire on the dancing men and, when they refuse, grabs a gun and shoots wildly. He attempts to shoot Minton but he is stopped by Minton's wife and the Master, who had snuck in. Three years later Minton leaves the prison, which is now run by one of the more sympathetic guards as the original one is now an inmate, to be met outside by his wife, his young daughter, and the Master.

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • The film was shot in six weeks in the summer of 2006, beginning in Los Angeles, and ending in Stockton, California. Shooting on the set began as early as 6:00 am and ended as late as 4:00 am.
  • Prison scenes were shot at a closed women's prison in Stockton.
  • Schneider collapsed from heat exhaustion and food poisoning on the set in Stockton on June 29, 2006.
  • During the filming, temperatures in the Stockton area hit record highs of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Stockton became so hot during the shoot that Schneider provided unlimited bottled water, umbrellas, and medics to apply sunscreen every three hours to the cast and crew.
  • A full size replica cell, constructed of wood and painted gray, was used for some of Schneider's cell scenes.
  • The warden's office was a facade, built on the rooftop of the prison and situated above a balcony with a large clock on the outer wall.
  • Schneider occasionally used weights on the set to "buff up" for scenes in the movie.
  • Melanie Lynskey was originally cast as Stan's ditzy "trophy" wife Mindy, but was later replaced by Jennifer Morrison (House).
  • This was Henry Gibson's last film before his death in September, 2009.
  • Real life mixed martial arts fighters Randy Couture, Don Frye, and Bob Sapp all appear in the movie.
  • Rapper Lil Rob makes an appearance in the film.
  • Ahman Green, former NFL running back for the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers, appears in the film.
  • Rob Schneider's real life brother-in-law, Matt Farley, plays a guard in the movie.
  • Robert Moreno, a Lieutenant for the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office renowned for his expertise in sex crimes investigations, appears in the movie as a guard.
  • Rob Schneider's mother, Pilar, makes an appearance in the movie.
  • Brandon Molale, former quarterback for the Fresno Bulldogs, appears in the movie as a guard.
  • Actress Marcia Wallace - cast-member of The Bob Newhart Show from 1972–1978, a frequent guest on several TV game shows, and the voice of Edna Krabappel of The Simpsons - has a cameo in the movie.
  • In addition to appearing in a cameo role, Dan Inosanto was also the fight choreographer for the film.
  • World boxing champion Diego Corrales appeared in the film.

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