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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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

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A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$117,463
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As Nick walks out of the Los Angeles 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 »

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In Susan's office, her pearl necklace changes length. 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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Referenced in Pi (1998) See more »

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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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Overlooked classic
29 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've watched this many times, and feel that this ranks with the best work of Christopher Guest. Kevin Bacon is outstanding as the idealistic young director Nick Chapman, who falls prey to the jaded Hollywood lifestyle - long before he can afford it personally or financially. Martin Short's role as Nick's agent is hilarious, and other good performances are turned in by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Terri Hatcher, and many others. This is Spinal Tap for the film industry, and well worth a look.


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