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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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Cast

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Emily Longstreth ...
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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Hollywood Reel To Real See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Comédia  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$117,463 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Pez People were actors. The song "The Whites of their Eyes" was written and performed by the movie's Writer Michael McKean, and Writer and Director Christopher Guest. 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

Allen Habel: We're doing a picture in London right now and everyone is just freaking out.
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Connections

Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Four Stories (2001) See more »

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Midnight at the Oasis
Written by David Nichtern
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An Excelent Comedy
14 July 2001 | by (San Francisco CA) – See all my reviews

This is a truly great film. Really. It's fun, and really quality filmmaking. My girlfriend swears I'm obsessed - but this is an opertunity to see some of today's familiar faces "before they were stars." If you like Altman's "The Player" you'll love this movie. The point of view is diferent - more comedic and a little less dark.


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