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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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Susan Rawlings
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Lydia Johnson
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Emmet Sumner
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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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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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Film School prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood. See more »

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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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Trivia

During the student awards dinner, after the Crossed Sabres of Truth is shown, Dan Schneider's line "...regrettably killed while filming" could be a reference to Vic Morrow, who was Jennifer Jason Leigh's father. She plays Lydia in the film. Even if not intended to be about him, it was how she lost her father. See more »

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In Lydia's apartment she begins to raise her beer to her mouth in one shot, but in the next shot it's back by her side. See more »

Quotes

Allen Habel: We're doing a picture in London right now and everyone is just freaking out.
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References Hardly Working (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Under-rated film of the 80's
10 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an under-rated late 80's film that captures the changing entertainment scene of that decade, with much humor and irony.

While the usual "Hollywood is phony" theme exists here, that story is always interesting, and it really scores when it reminds us of how success can be gained and lost quickly.

Martin Short is the uncredited star here, with several hilarious scenes. All in all, a nice movie about movies, with some special surprise locations for movie buffs!

The late J.T. Walsh offers a subtle performance here, with one of my favorite lines...Bacon: "I'm from Ohio", with Walsh's comeback, "my first wife is from Illinois", as in everything outside of LA is one place. Perfect deadpan humor.


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