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The Next Big Thing (2001)

A painter who finds success (and true love) after a pickpocket steals one of his works, gives it a false authorship and promotes the imaginary artist to instant success so he can cash in on his ill-gotten gains.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gus Bishop
Deech Scumble
Kate Crowley
Florence Rubin
Walter Sznitken
Arthur Pomposello
Shari Lampkin
Dechen Thurman ...
Damian Spire
John Seitz ...
Mr. Chesick
Trish Kane
Museum Director (as Ed Hyland)
Gerta Grunen ...
Bernice Chesick
Samia Shoaib ...
Varda Abromowitz
Doug Stone ...
Mr. Willard


Starving artist Gus Bishop can't even give away his paintings. But a fictitious Geoffrey Buonardi, with the same paintings and an inventive back story, can become the darling of the art world. How long can Gus Bishop perpetrate the scam and remain in the shadows while his legendary alter ego basks in the spotlight as The Next Big Thing? Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Arte do Engano  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Bidibodi Bidibu
Written by A. Franchi and D. Torrente
Performed by Bubbles
Published by Big Tiger Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Lovecat Music/Dieffe Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A middle of the heap romcom
18 May 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

A typical starving artist (Eigeman) is unable to sell his paintings until a scam artist creates a mysterious identity for him and proves that one can find wealth and true love through fraud as his art becomes "The Next Big Thing". There is as little to praise and there is to fault in this easy-going B romcom now on cable. An okay time killer for couch potatoes. (C+)

Note - Farley Granger, 50's heart-throb, makes a rare appearance in this film.

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