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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
Kim Miyori ...
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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Mark
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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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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$117,463 (USA)
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Martin Short doesn't appear in the final credits. See more »

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A pointed piece of equipment moves up and out of frame as Lydia is talking to Nick in her apartment. See more »

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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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References Tess (1979) See more »

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You're Driving Me Crazy
Written by David Nichtern and Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
Performed by Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
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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 a couple of hilarious scenes, the best one at the outdoor patio restaurant where he praises Bacon without knowing any of his work. 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 (perhaps a somewhat spoiler line, but nothing to do with the plot)...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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