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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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Susan Rawlings
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Allen Habel
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Lydia Johnson
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Jenny Sumner
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Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
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Carl Manknik
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Lori Pressman
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Todd Marvin
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Mrs. Chapman
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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30 November 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$117,463 (USA)
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During the student awards dinner, after the Crossed Sabres of Truth is shown, Dan Schneider's line "...regrettably killed while filming" could be a reference to Vic Morrow, who was Jennifer Jason Leigh's father. She plays Lydia in the film. Even if not intended to be about him, it was how she lost her father. See more »

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In Susan's office, her pearl necklace changes length. See more »

Quotes

Allen Habel: We're doing a picture in London right now and everyone is just freaking out.
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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Ballade N°1 en sol mineur opus 23
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
(1831-1835)
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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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