The Big Fix (1978 film)

The Big Fix is a 1978 American political comedy thriller film directed by Jeremy Kagan and based on the novel by Roger L. Simon, who dramatized his own novel for the screen.[2][1] It stars Richard Dreyfuss as private detective Moses Wine and co-stars Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow, and F. Murray Abraham.[2]

The Big Fix
Theatrical release poster, with the tagline
" go figure."
Directed byJeremy Paul Kagan
Produced byCarl Borack
Richard Dreyfuss
Written byRoger L. Simon
Based onThe Big Fix
by Roger L. Simon[1]
StarringRichard Dreyfuss
Susan Anspach
Bonnie Bedelia
John Lithgow
Ofelia Medina
Nicolas Coster
F. Murray Abraham
Fritz Weaver
Music byBill Conti
CinematographyFrank Stanley
Edited byPatrick Kennedy
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 6, 1978 (1978-10-06)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3,800,000 (estimated)
Box office$13,000,000 (USA) (October 1978)


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 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, 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 responsiblewith deadly results.



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


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