The Big Kahuna (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy  |  19 May 2000 (USA)
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Two veteran salesman dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protege.



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Phil Cooper (as Danny Devito)


On the last evening of a convention two seen-it-all industrial lubricant salesmen and a youngster from the research department gather in the hotel's hospitality suite to host a delegates party. The main aim is to get the business of one particular big fish. When it becomes apparent that it is the lad who has developed a direct line to the guy, his strong religious beliefs bring him into sharp conflict with his older and more cynical colleagues. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Every sale begins with a smile.


Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hospitality Suite  »

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$80,957 (USA) (28 April 2000)


$3,150,107 (USA) (21 July 2000)

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First (and as of 2014) and only film directed by John Swanbeck. See more »


When Larry attacks Bob he pushes him on a table with food and juice glasses. But when Bob gets up a moment later there are no stains on the back of his white shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Phil Cooper: [voice-over] No answer.
Bob Walker: [voice-over] She must be out shopping.
Phil Cooper: [voice-over] God forbid.
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Written by Eddie Nichols, James Achor & Mando Dorame
Performed by Royal Crown Revue
Published by Zip Gun Music, J. Achor Music & Dorame Music
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A surprising treat
22 February 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie, I had one sole motivation- It had Kevin Spacey in it. That, in my opinion, makes any of his films worth at least a glance. He's so brilliant. Also, I was in the mood for a good comedy. This film presented me with both the expected comedy and brilliant performance by Spacey. However, I guess I neglected to read up on what this movie was all about first.

Let me say that, as a Christian (and a Baptist), the portrayal of Bob is the single most realistic on screen portrayal of a true Christian that I have ever seen. Bravo to them for not giving into cliches! While some attacks were made on Bob's faith, they weren't presented as right or wrong, but different view points. I was frankly shocked (pleasently) by this film. I would deffinately recommend it.

Also, I am not a particurally big DeVito fan, but he turns in a truly moving and realistic performance in this film.


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