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The Big Picture (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  30 November 1990 (UK)
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Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.

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Allen Habel
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Lydia Johnson
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Jenny Sumner
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Gretchen
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Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
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Carl Manknik
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Lori Pressman
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Todd Marvin
Gary Kroeger ...
Mark
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Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens ...
Mr. Chapman
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Polo Habel
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Storyline

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost? Written by Reid Gagle

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30 November 1990 (UK)  »

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A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$117,463 (USA)
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During filming they rented a luxury house for three days to shoot in, not knowing that actor Charles Bronson had just purchased a home across the street. Before the three days were up the crew had managed to kill Bronson's cat by accident. The story is related in the book "I Killed Charles Bronson's Cat", written by the movies location manager Barry Gremillion. See more »

Goofs

In Susan's office, her pearl necklace changes length. See more »

Quotes

Nick Chapman: What is it?
Emmet Sumner: It's this stupid movie. It's called "Coffins from Hell."
Nick Chapman: What is it about?
Emmet Sumner: Coffins from hell.
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The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme) and Robert Wells (as Bob Wells)
Performed by Dick Haymes
Courtesy of MCA Records
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funny, slightly uneven "insider movie"
6 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has some slow moments, and I found the idea that Kevin Bacon's character, an aspiring directory, would leave his girlfriend (played by Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo-actress (played by Teri Hatcher and one of the film's weakest characters) pretty unconvincing. In general, I found the bimbo-actress subplot poorly done, and this was the slowest part of the movie. The other characters were done well, with an outstanding cameo by Martin Short as the aspiring director's agent -- the three scenes with Short would make the movie worthwhile by themselves in my opinion. J. T. Walsh was very good as well, as the fatuous studio head, and the gag at the end where the young director's career is revived was very enjoyable.

It's not as good as "The Player" or "Get Shorty", but if you like movies about making movies, you will probably like this one.


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