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The Big Time (2002)

In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic ... See full summary »

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In 1948 Manhattan, a diverse group of people are committed to making the fledgling Empire Network a success. Among them: a naive young woman who's hired as a script girl; an idealistic programmer; and an aspiring director who hopes to make Empire "the network that takes risks and makes new stars." Then there's Empire's president, an eccentric scientist whose bride raises eyebrows at the network. Written by Schleppy

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It was the beginning of television. And they put it all on the line to get it on the air.

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Tuckeresque battles
23 October 2002 | by (Gustine, CA) – See all my reviews

This film shares many elements with "Tucker: The Man and His Dream". Both stories concern fledgling wannabe-big time companies fighting a David and Goliath battle. Their jury-rigged product is always on the edge of disaster. A running gag is the contrast between what the story audience sees and the behind the scenes view we get. Both stories have an unreliable genius, interference from Washington based special interests, and very similar upbeat jazz scores. Both stories occur in the boom period of the post war era. Another running gag is the contrast of social values acceptable then but not today, mostly about smoking and women's roles. Both stories discuss crackpot revolutionary engineering developments that seen with our hindsight give us a chance to snicker at their naivete. Both films were fun to watch.


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