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The Big Picture (1989 film)

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Director  Christopher Guest
Initial DVD release  October 8, 2002
Country  United States
6.3/10 IMDb

4.3/5 Amazon

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Music director  David Nichtern
Language  English
The Big Picture (1989 film) movie poster
Writer  Christopher Guest, Michael Varhol, Michael McKean
Release date  September 15, 1989 (1989-09-15)
Cast  Kevin Bacon (Nick Chapman), Emily Longstreth (Susan Rawlings), J. T. Walsh (Allen Habel), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Lydia Johnson), Michael McKean (Emmet Sumner), Kim Miyori (Jenny Sumner)
Similar movies  Pee-wees Big Adventure (1985), Bowfinger (1999), The Player (1992), Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941), The Deal (2008)
Tagline  Film school prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood.

The big picture 1989

The Big Picture is 1989 American comedy film starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest. As with Guest's other directorial outings, the film has been critically lauded and very highly rated by reviewing websites, and features performances from highly respected comedic talent.


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The Big Picture (1989 film) movie scenes

Film student and would-be writer/director Nick Chapman, a native of the Midwest, finds himself the winner of a prestigious student film contest in LA. Overnight, Hollywood bigwigs want to make deals with Nick. He settles on a quirky agent to represent him, and signs a deal with a major film studio to make his dream movie.

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Nick finds the Hollywood studio "process" distasteful, and is forced to make many creative compromises, but he now has money and meets fast, new Hollywood friends. Likewise, the now-affected Nick throws old friends overboard, as his instant success crowds out his old relationships, including that with his adorable and sincere girlfriend, Susan.

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Nick's new world is suddenly turned upside down again when a new studio head decides to cancel his film project. Unable to strike any new film deals, college-educated Nick is reduced to entry-level jobs to pay the bills.

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Ultimately, a humbled and repentant Nick reunites with old friends, and with Susan, and carves an unexpected path to getting his film produced, this time on his terms.


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  • Kevin Bacon as Nick Chapman
  • Emily Longstreth as Susan Rawlings
  • J. T. Walsh as Allen Habel
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lydia Johnson
  • Michael McKean as Emmet Sumner
  • Kim Miyori as Jenny Sumner
  • Teri Hatcher as Gretchen
  • Dan Schneider as Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
  • Jason Gould as Carl Manknik
  • Tracy Brooks Swope as Lori Pressman
  • Don Franklin as Todd Marvin
  • Gary Kroeger as Mark
  • Fran Drescher as Polo Habel
  • June Lockhart as Janet Kingsley
  • Roddy McDowall as Judge
  • Eddie Albert as M.C.
  • John Cleese as Bartender
  • Martin Short as Neil Sussman (uncredited)
  • Elliott Gould as Prosecutor (uncredited)
  • Bruce Kirby as Producer at Brown Entertainment
  • Beth Chamberlin as Stewardess
  • Suzanne M. Slater as Stewardess
  • Release

    Greenlit by David Puttnam of Columbia Pictures, the president was ousted two weeks after production began, and the subsequent regime at the studio, according to Guest, were unable to figure out what could be done with the film as many executives at the studio didn't like the film because they felt like they were being brutally satirized in it. Columbia quietly gave The Big Picture a limited theatrical release (despite opening to positive reviews) before sending it to video.


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    The Big Picture received positive reviews from critics, as it holds a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews with the consensus: "The Big Picture aims at targets that might not be familiar to viewers who aren't well-versed in movie-biz chicanery, but hits most of them so solidly that laughter is only the option."


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