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The Big Picture (1989)

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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Allen Habel
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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
Jason Gould ...
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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Film School prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood. See more »

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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

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A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$117,463 (USA)
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Trivia

As Nick walks out of the L.A. movie theater, the short cigar-smoking fellow one step ahead of him is Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz. See more »

Goofs

A pointed piece of equipment moves up and out of frame as Lydia is talking to Nick in her apartment. 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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Angel
Written by Eric Kaz
Performed by Bonnie Raitt
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An early winner from genius Guest
10 July 2001 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Thank God for Christopher Guest. Anyone who loved him as Nigel Tufnel in Spinal Tap and has since appreciated his mockumentaries "Waiting for Guffman" and "Best in Show" should take a look back at The Big Picture. As with his other films, the humor is subtle and a bit "inside," but the more you see it, the more you love it. Kevin Bacon and J.T. Walsh are perfect, and Martin Short steals every scene he's in. (Added bonus: the Pez People song at the end, obviously sung by Michael McKean, sounds like Spinal Tap with keyboards instead of guitars. Very funny.)


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