The Big Picture (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 December 1989 (Brazil)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Longstreth ...
Susan Rawlings
Allen Habel
Lydia Johnson
Emmet Sumner
Kim Miyori ...
Jenny Sumner
Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould ...
Carl Manknik
Lori Pressman
Todd Marvin
Gary Kroeger ...
Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens ...
Mr. Chapman
Polo Habel


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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Release Date:

15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Comédia  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$117,463 (USA)

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Also the last cinema film acting role of Eddie Albert. See more »


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 »


Nick Chapman: I want you to be my friend again.
Emmet Sumner: Nick, I was always your friend.
Nick Chapman: No, I know. I, I mean, I wanna be your friend again.
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References Hardly Working (1980) See more »


Blame It on the Bossa Nova
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by Eydie Gormé (as Eydie Gorme)
Courtesy of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
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Terribly funny and Terribly true
27 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you have ever worked in Hollywood (alright Burbank)then this movie captures the insanity that sometimes leads to great movies or watered down movies or even movies that never should have been made - which, unfortunately, are most of the movies made.

It is all there, the Agent who promises everything and delivers nothing, the Producer who just can't leave a movie alone, the forgetting of friendships in order to rise higher on the ladder of stars and the endless number of meetings and promises (broken and kept)that lead to only further frustrations.

The Cast is right on the target, the writing is superb and the actors deliver.

Before you go to Film School, before you move to Hollywood, before you sign that first deal - see this movie so that the tears that you will shed over Hollywood will at least be lighter.

Emily Longstreth is simply lovely as Susan, Nick's girlfriend

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