The Big Fix

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The Big Fix
Big fix.jpg
Theatrical release poster, with the tagline
" go figure."
Directed by Jeremy Paul 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 date
  • October 6, 1978 (1978-10-06)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,800,000 (estimated)
Box office $13,000,000 (USA) (October 1978)

The Big Fix is a 1978 film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon, who dramatized his own novel for the screen.[1] It starred Richard Dreyfuss as private detective Moses Wine and co-starred Susan Anspach, John Lithgow, and F. Murray Abraham.[1]


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

Former campus activist turned private investigator Moses Wine (Dreyfuss) is contacted by Lila, an old girlfriend 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 about a flyer being distributed around the state; this bears a doctored photo of Hawthorne standing beside a 1960s radical named Howard Eppis(Abraham), who had been convicted in absentia for inciting violence against the government and has been living as a fugitive since, libelously claiming that Eppis is supporting Hawthorne for governor in a clear attempt to destroy Hawthorne's chances for being elected.

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


The information provided here is from the film's IMDb entry.
Lead cast member Richard Dreyfuss had broken his right wrist before shooting was to start, and his cast was worked into the script to avoid delaying production.
The Big Fix was the third and last volume of director Jeremy Paul Kagan's trilogy about the aftermath of the 1960s and the malaise of the 1970s following that particularly volatile period in American history and culture; Katherine, which Kagan wrote and directed for television and which ABC-TV transmitted in 1975, and Heroes, released to theaters in 1977, were the other two volumes.



The Big Fix received critical reviews that were no better than fair, and was not a box-office success, when it was initially released.[citation needed]


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