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The Big Kahuna (1999)

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

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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Every sale begins with a smile.

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Drama | Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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

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$3,150,107 (USA) (21 July 2000)
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Kevin Spacey's character, Larry Mann is a salesman that talks about manipulating clients throughout the movie. At about the 34 minute mark he wears the hat featured in the movie's poster and is apparently pitching to a group of clients. The pitch is inaudible since there's music playing, a trumpet-orchestra version of Henry Mancini's theme for Charade (1963) which starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a movie that revolved around lies, deception and deceit. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 13 May 2000 (2000) See more »

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Young at Heart
Written by Daniel May
Published by Revision West
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Master Source
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Witty!
24 May 2009 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

For some, this movie might seem quite boring. What's the point in watching three men talking in one room for almost two hours?! But tell you what?.. this movie is not boring at all! There's almost no storyline to speak of, but the script is more than beautiful. It will turn you into one big attentive ear. In addition, Kevin Spacey with his wonderful performance and entertaining sense of humor and wit made this movie a must-see. The movie doesn't want you to side with any of the three characters; it simply displays three different samples of human nature, and their views on the world (especially the concept of appearance vs reality).


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