The Big Fix

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For the 1947 film, see The Big Fix (1947 film). For the 2012 film, see The Big Fix (2012 film).
The Big Fix
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Produced by Carl Borack
Richard Dreyfuss
Written by Roger L. Simon
Starring Richard Dreyfuss
Susan Anspach
Bonnie Bedelia
John Lithgow
Ofelia Medina
Nicolas Coster
F. Murray Abraham
Fritz Weaver
Music by Bill Conti
Cinematography Frank Stanley
Edited by Patrick Kennedy
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 6, 1978 (1978-10-06)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Big Fix is a 1978 film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon, who also wrote the screenplay. It starred Richard Dreyfuss as private detective Moses Wine and co-starred Susan Anspach and John Lithgow. The Big Fix had no relationship to the 1947 film or the 2012 film of the same name.


A former 1960s student activist turned private detective searches for a missing Berkeley activist with whom he shared "the barricades."

Moses Wine is contacted by Lila, an old flame from his radical college days. She wants him to work for Miles Hawthorne, who is a candidate running for governor of California. Moses is told that a flyer is being distributed around the state with a doctored photo of Hawthorne standing beside a 1960s radical named Howard Eppis — a fugitive who had been convicted in absentia for inciting violence against the government — falsely claiming that Eppis is supporting him for governor. This libel is a clear attempt to destroy Hawthorne's chances for being elected.

Moses sets out to find out who is responsible — with deadly results.



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