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The Big Empty (2003)

A budding actor is faced with a stalled career and a mountain of debt.

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John Person
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Grace
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Neely
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Elron
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Stella
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Randy
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Indian Bob
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Ruthie
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Dan
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Candy
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Cowboy
Alejandra Aguilan ...
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Would be-Hollywood actor John Person always considered his bizarre neighbor Neely a conspiracy theory nut-case. Still he accepts a simple task to wipe out his over $27,000 debt: delivering a blue suitcase to some Cowboy at Baker, in the empty desert. The place proves a nest of weirdos, including extremely jealous Randy and his girl Ruthie, who seduces John. He learns Neely was murdered, and FBI agent Banks grills him as prime suspect. Yet the weirdest is still to come once Cowboy turns up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Cowboys. Aliens. Blue suitcases and bowling balls. Strange things are happening out in the middle of nowhere. See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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28 August 2009 (Belgium)  »

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El gran destino  »

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In an interview, Jon Favreau said that when he read the script for The Big Empty, he was fascinated by its structure, as he didn't see where it was all going in the end. See more »

Goofs

When John and Ruthie are drinking together in the desert, John has a can of beer in his left hand, then the whipped cream, and then the beer can again without changing or putting these items down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grace: [answers the door in her robe]
John Person: Hi. Oh, Grace, I'm sorry. I thought I heard you moving around in there. Um, listen, I can't decide.
Grace: Did you hear - about the callback?
John Person: No, not yet. I've got some new head shots.
Grace: What happened to your furniture?
John Person: I had to sell it all.
Grace: Even Your bed?
John Person: Yeah. I'm not gonna need it.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN
Written by Jerry West & Leslie Johnson
Performed by Lazy Lester
Courtesy of Antone's Records
By Arrangement with Texas Music Group
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Nothing happening
11 March 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Before Jon Favreau became a big time Hollywood director (Zathura, Iron Man 1&2) he acted in small movies with names that hint at what the movie is about like this one. Favreau plays this wannabe actor who can't get work and gets a sidejob to bring a blue suitcase to cowboy Bob in the desert. There are some quirky characters he meets along the way, some vague suggestions of UFO and alien abductions and whatnot and plenty of nothing happening. Apparently big name actors were jumping up and down to get their faces in the picture coz Daryl Hannah, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelsey Grammar and Sean Bean have small cameo-like roles. It's not all bad per se but there are a million movies like this out there: low budget empty pretentious nonsense. See it if you still want to. But surely you have better thing to do.


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