Gene Lyons
October 10, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Big Trouble

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
04/05/02
performer
Tim Allen, Johnny Knoxville, Rene Russo, Tom Sizemore, Stanley Tucci, Zooey Deschanel, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Ben Foster, Janeane Garofalo, Heavy D, Jack Kehler, Jason Lee, Andy Richter, Patrick Warburton
director
John Cassavetes, Barry Sonnenfeld
distributor
Buena Vista Pictures
author
Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
genre
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, the immensely gifted Lukas committed suicide earlier this year after completing this saga of a critical episode in the history of American labor. First, a series of strikes, lockouts, and pitched battles between unionized mine workers and a loose cabal of Pinkerton detectives, National Guardsmen, and U.S. troops threatened to bring about something close to class warfare in the Rocky Mountain west. Then, in 1905, ex-Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg was assassinated by a man claiming to be hired by the miners. The murder resulted in one of the most politically charged trials in U.S. history. Billed as a ”nonfiction Ragtime,” this account more closely resembles Theodore Dreiser than E.L. Doctorow. Lukas, a reporter of legendary meticulousness, leaves little to the imagination. But patient readers of Big Trouble will be rewarded with a many-layered portrait of an important moment in the nation’s social history, as well as a fitting monument to its author’s extraordinary career. A

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