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The Big Picture -- Hollywood is hilariously lampooned in this behind-the-scenes look at making it, no matter what. Kevin Bacon stars.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
15 December 1989 (Brazil) See more »
Film School prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Nick Chapman
Emily Longstreth ... Susan Rawlings

J.T. Walsh ... Allen Habel

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lydia Johnson

Michael McKean ... Emmet Sumner
Kim Miyori ... Jenny Sumner

Teri Hatcher ... Gretchen

Dan Schneider ... Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould ... Carl Manknik
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Lori Pressman

Don Franklin ... Todd Marvin
Gary Kroeger ... Mark

Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens ... Mr. Chapman

Fran Drescher ... Polo Habel
Suzy Cote ... Mindy Habel (as Suzy Coté)

Eddie Albert ... M.C. (as Eddie Albert Sr.)

June Lockhart ... Janet Kingsley

Stephen Collins ... Attorney

Roddy McDowall ... Judge
Robert Bauer ... Wounded Soldier

Vladimir Skomarovsky ... Man in Nick's Movie
C.W. Hemingway ... Joey

Holly Fields ... Daughter
Yvonne Peattie ... Mrs. Feldzar
Stan Ivar ... Charlie

David Hayward ... George

Caitlin Clarke ... Sharon

Nancy Valen ... Young Sharon
Wesley Pfenning ... Woman in Cabin

John Cleese ... Bartender
Richard Blake ... Abe Lincoln

Walter Olkewicz ... Babe Ruth

Scott Coffey ... Waiter (as T. Scott Coffey)

Bruce Kirby ... Businessman

Richard Belzer ... Video Show Host
Tom Maier ... Building Manager
Michael Jocum ... PEZ® People
Tim Landers ... PEZ® People
Martin Lund ... PEZ® People
Mike Miller ... PEZ® People
Novi Novog ... PEZ® People

Valen Watson ... Woman in Restaurant
Jennifer Karr ... Woman in Restaurant
Sue-Ann Leeds ... Woman in Restaurant

Buddy Garion ... Man in Restaurant
Jim Pollack ... Man in Restaurant
Scott Williamson ... Restaurant Manager
Victor Steinbach ... Andres Vargiak
Arlene Lorre ... Cleopatra
George Rogan ... Security Guard / Nazi
Perla Walter ... Housekeeper
Pamela Morris ... Cheryl
Lulie Newcomb ... Receptionist
Patty Howeth ... Woman with Fridge

Beth Chamberlin ... Stewardess
Britta Wilson ... Stewardess
Suzee Slater ... Stewardess (as Suzanne M. Slater)
Brad Zutaut ... Surfer
Matthew Eichler ... Piano Player
Nadine Lenore Patterson ... Twin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Elliott Gould ... Prosecutor - Trial of Janet Kingsley (uncredited)

Martin Short ... Neil Sussman - Nick's Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Guest 
Writing credits
Michael Varhol (story) &
Christopher Guest (story)

Michael Varhol (screenplay) &
Christopher Guest (screenplay) &
Michael McKean (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Gilbert Abramson .... executive producer
William E. McEuen .... executive producer
Richard Luke Rothschild .... associate producer
Michael Varhol .... producer
Valen Watson .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Nichtern 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur 
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
Casting by
Nina Axelrod 
Production Design by
Joseph T. Garrity 
Art Direction by
Pat Tagliaferro  (as Patrick Tagliaferro)
Set Decoration by
Jerie Kelter 
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
Makeup Department
Gina Monaci .... key hair stylist
Lizbeth Williamson .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Luke Rothschild .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Deason .... first assistant director
Keri L. McIntyre .... second second assistant director
Michael Varhol .... second unit director
Kelly Wimberly .... second assistant director
Art Department
G. Roger Abell .... set dresser
Todd Badalato .... swing gang
Ken Deubel III .... construction coordinator
Andrea Dietrich .... storyboard artist (as Andrea Diedrich)
Richard A. Frisch .... set dresser
Rick Galbraith .... construction coordinator (as Richard Galbraith)
Robert Lucas .... leadman
Noel A. Middleton .... swing gang
Michael George Miller .... set dresser
Jérôme Perrin .... key carpenter
Carole Récamier .... draper
Philip Steuer .... property master
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... carpenter (as Benjamin Thompson)
Jean-Yves Thoreau .... locksmith
Bill Zullo .... assistant property master (as William Zullo)
Tal Wallace .... mason (uncredited)
Tal Wallace .... propmaker (uncredited)
Randall D. Wilkins .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Beth Bergeron .... adr editor
Forrest Brakeman .... boom operator
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Lily Diamond .... assistant sound editor
Dody Dorn .... supervising sound editor
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
John P. Fasal .... sound effects recordist (as John Paul Fasal)
David Fechtor .... foley editor
David Gertz .... sound recordist
Sarah Goldsmith .... sound editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Kimberly Harris .... sound editor
Cynthia E. Hill .... sound assistant
John Hoeren .... sound editor
Jon Huck .... production sound mixer
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Jonathan Klein .... apprentice sound editor
Blake Leyh .... supervising sound editor
Stephanie Lowry .... assistant sound editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Joan Rowe .... foley walker
Janelle Showalter .... assistant sound editor
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
Kelly Tartan .... sound editor
Jerry Trent .... foley walker
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator (as Gary P. D'Amico)
David A. Poole .... special effects assistant
Ken Speed .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Benoît Revilliot .... cg supervisor
Mark Sullivan .... visual effects
Richard Lundin .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Ismael Araujo Jr. .... grip
J. Patrick Daily .... key grip
Duane Dell'Amico .... lighting technician
Don Devine .... camera operator
John Doherty .... rigging gaffer (as John J. Doherty)
George Gary .... lighting technician
Paul Hughen .... first assistant camera
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Kelly Elder McGowen .... second assistant camera (as Kelly McGowen)
Charlie McIntyre .... lighting technician (as Charles H. McIntyre III)
Kevin Myers .... rigging gaffer
Deana Newcomb .... still photographer
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... grip
Philippe Pierre .... electrician
Ronald J. Pure Jr. .... lighting technician
John 'Fest' Sandau .... best boy electric
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Woogie Thomas .... lighting technician (as 'Woogie' Thomas)
James R. Tynes .... gaffer
Tom West .... best boy grip
Eric Whitehead .... grip
Casting Department
Joel A. Blumenau .... casting assistant
Bess Gilbert .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Carleton .... wardrobe
Shari Griffin .... wardrobe
Mohamed Rai .... wardrobe: Morocco
Ellen Robinson .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Lillian C. Best .... negative cutter: 16 mm
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter: 35 mm
Tony Kadell .... first assistant editor
Fred Peterson .... second assistant editor
Diane Witter .... editorial trainee
Location Management
Barry Gremillion .... location manager
Valérie Novel .... location scout: Paris
Martha Pilcher .... assistant location manager (as Martha C. Pilcher)
Music Department
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Laura Livingston .... music recording engineer
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Transportation Department
Sheridan Ross Batson .... driver (as Sheridan Batson)
Howard Brady Davidson .... driver (as Howard Davidson)
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Steve Humphrey .... driver
Greg Landis .... driver
Gary Paulsen .... driver
Jim Sullivan .... driver
Tom Winchester .... driver (as Thomas Winchester)
Other crew
Debra Baumann .... assistant: Christopher Guest
Patricia Billings .... assistant: Michael Varhol
Suzi Bond .... craft service
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant (as Jennifer Eden Zolten)
Damian Ganczewski .... assistant production coordinator
Dea E. Hickox .... assistant accountant
Steve Housewright .... set production assistant (as Steven E. Housewright)
Thomas Lipmann .... making-of director
Richard Lundin .... horse wrangler
Burke Mattsson .... title designer
Karl Lewis Miller .... dog trainer (as Karl Miller)
Marshall Peck .... production assistant
Kevin B. Piatt .... first aid
Barbara Pieters .... post-production accountant
Judith Saunders .... script supervisor
Nancy Rae Stone .... production coordinator
Joan Thompson .... welfare worker
Diane Witter .... production assistant
Sophie Jézéquel .... thanks

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100 min
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Cameo: [Elliot Gould]lawyer in the first student film.See more »
Continuity: In Susan's office, her pearl necklace changes length.See more »
Neil Sussman:I'm very, very aware... that you are seeing other agents. And I think it's good that you are. Finally, I mean it's healthy. But, this is the thing. If you decide to sign with me, you're gonna get more than an agent. You're gonna get three people.
[Holds up four fingers]
Neil Sussman:You're gonna get an agent, a mother, a father, a shoulder to cry on, someone who knows this business inside and out. And if anyone ever tries to cross you, I'll grab them by the balls and squeeze 'til they're dead.
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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
funny, slightly uneven "insider movie", 6 September 1999
Author: hbs from United States

This movie has some slow moments, and I found the idea that Kevin Bacon's character, an aspiring directory, would leave his girlfriend (played by Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo-actress (played by Teri Hatcher and one of the film's weakest characters) pretty unconvincing. In general, I found the bimbo-actress subplot poorly done, and this was the slowest part of the movie. The other characters were done well, with an outstanding cameo by Martin Short as the aspiring director's agent -- the three scenes with Short would make the movie worthwhile by themselves in my opinion. J. T. Walsh was very good as well, as the fatuous studio head, and the gag at the end where the young director's career is revived was very enjoyable.

It's not as good as "The Player" or "Get Shorty", but if you like movies about making movies, you will probably like this one.

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