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The Big Kahuna (1999)

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



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Complete credited cast:
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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Every sale begins with a smile.


Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,957, 30 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,150,107, 23 July 2000
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When Bob leaves the room to find the Kahuna at the other party, he has his name tag on, when he is outside walking there, it is off. It reappears when he is at the party, speaking to the Kahuna. 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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References Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) See more »


Two Please
Written by Danny Pelfrey, Linda Lawley & Rick Rhodes
Performed by The Mighty Turbans
Published by Amusicom Publishing and Tonalvision Music
Courtesy of Amusicom Records by arrangement with Bully Music Associates
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Remarkable acting, excellent character development.
2 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

An extremely well done, contained movie. Unlike so much of the standard over the top excesses of much of current Hollywood movies this movie depends on the depth of the characters, particularly Danny De Vito. Rarely have I ever seen an actor change on screen from the inside out like De Vito does. Kevin Spacey gives his normal excellent work, and Peter Facinelli is quite good as an easily recognizable "true believer". But, this movie belongs to Danny De Vito who gives the best performance of his career. Moving exploration of men struggling with meaninglessness.

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