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The Big Empty -- Struggling actor John Person (Jon Favreau) is hopelessly mired in debt.
The Big Empty -- A budding actor is faced with a stalled career and a mountain of debt.


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28 August 2009 (Belgium) See more »
Cowboys. Aliens. Blue suitcases and bowling balls. Strange things are happening out in the middle of nowhere. See more »
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One of the Finest of the Weird and Beautiful See more (47 total) »


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Jon Favreau ... John Person

Joey Lauren Adams ... Grace

Bud Cort ... Neely

Jon Gries ... Elron

Daryl Hannah ... Stella

Adam Beach ... Randy

Gary Farmer ... Indian Bob

Rachael Leigh Cook ... Ruthie

Brent Briscoe ... Dan

Melora Walters ... Candy

Kelsey Grammer ... Agent Banks

Sean Bean ... Cowboy
Alejandra Aguilan ... Traveler

Jay Brothers ... Traveler
Sara Fouts ... Traveler
Britney Gillum ... Traveler
Martin Gluhar ... Traveler
Jessie Jenkins ... Traveler

Steven G. Kaplan ... Traveler
Mamie Powell ... Traveler
Gerald Smith ... Traveler
Maria Smith ... Traveler

Patti Smith ... Traveler
Brian Tippett ... Traveler
Anthony Vallejos ... Traveler
Gordon Vallejos ... Traveler
Larry Mill ... A**hole Eddie
Bona Potenta ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danny Trejo ... Lt. Gates (uncredited)

Directed by
Steve Anderson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Steve Anderson  writer

Produced by
Tony Adler .... associate producer
Steve Bickel .... executive producer
Rich Cowan .... line producer
Gregg L. Daniel .... producer
Jon Favreau .... executive producer
Marc Goldsmith .... associate producer
Steven G. Kaplan .... executive producer
Jeffrey Kramer .... executive producer
Doug Mankoff .... producer
Keith Resnick .... producer
Andrew Spaulding .... producer
Peter Wetherell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Chris Manley 
Film Editing by
Scot Scalise 
Casting by
Jory Weitz 
Production Design by
Aaron Osborne 
Art Direction by
Erin Cochran 
Set Decoration by
Missy Parker 
Costume Design by
Kristin M. Burke 
Makeup Department
Melanie Mills .... makeup department head
Erin Wooldridge .... hair stylist
Erin Wooldridge .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ian Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Tiffany Wallach .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven Buhai .... first assistant director (as Steve Buhai)
Adam Jordan .... second assistant director
Jason McKee .... second assistant director (as Jason Mckee)
Art Department
David L. Bell .... property master
Ryan Cochran .... leadman
Stephanie J. Gordon .... set designer
Jamie Linde .... swing
David Loitz .... lead man
Larry Morgan .... construction foreman
Brad Morrison .... swing
Weston Norton .... set dresser
Adam Tankell .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Karma Barber .... foley artist
Karma Barber .... foley mixer
Robby Bartholomew .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Blehr .... boom operator
Gonzo Cervantes .... adr editor
Gonzo Cervantes .... foley mixer
Michael P. Cook .... dialogue editor (as MIke Cook)
Jason England .... dialogue editor
Bill Fox .... sound effects editor (as William Fox)
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald Lyles .... adr recordist
Donald Lyles .... sound recordist
Peter V. Meiselmann .... production sound mixer
Peter V. Meiselmann .... sound mixer
Todd Morrissey .... adr mixer
George Nemzer .... sound effects editor
Michael Resnick .... sound effects editor
Eddie Rogers .... dialogue editor
Eddie Rogers .... foley mixer
John Rotondi .... sound engineer: Y4
Clancy T. Troutman .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Karl Denham .... digital artist
Jeff Douglas .... Avid DS HD artist
Erin Hicke .... visual effects coordinator
Andrew MacDonald .... visual effects supervisor: Creo Collective
Manny Perry .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rebecca Bauscher .... still photographer
Shari Belafonte .... still photographer
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera
Tim Cunningham .... company grip
James Hatridge .... electrician
Dan Heigh .... director of photography: second unit
Brad Heiner .... dolly grip
Daniel Kauahi .... company grip
Mike Kjolso .... best boy electric
Eric Leach .... company grip
John Loveless .... crane operator
Denis Moran .... Steadicam operator
Robert C. Murphy .... electrician
Dane Peterson .... gaffer
Don Presley .... assistant camera
Marinko Spahic .... video operator
Jonas Steadman .... first assistant camera: a
Mike Vukas .... key grip
William Rick Young .... best boy grip
Michael E. Cole .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chandra Moore-Telfer .... key costumer (as Chandra Moore)
Erika Munro .... additional costumer
Editorial Department
Matthew W. Johnson .... on-line editor: Post Logic Studios
Stewart Maclennan .... assistant editor
Tim Maffia .... digital colourist
Nelson Mah .... colorist
Jason A. Payne .... post-production assistant
Betsy Solorzano .... telecine coordinator
Location Management
Russ Fega .... location manager
Music Department
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Simon James .... orchestra contractor
Gary Krause .... music editor
Micha Liberman .... music editor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Brian Tyler .... orchestrator
Jeff Vaughn .... recording engineer
Transportation Department
Dan Fisher .... transportation coordinator
Bart Heimburger .... transportation captain
Other crew
Susan Bambara .... script supervisor
Gina-Raye Carter .... production assistant
Aaron Critchlow .... production assistant
Bill Davis .... weapons expert
Eric Feig .... production legal
Adam Jordan .... production assistant
Christian Keib .... production assistant
Lana Kim .... production assistant
Mark Litwak .... production legal
Jason McKee .... body double: Danny Trejo (as Jason Mckee)
Jason McKee .... production assistant (as Jason Mckee)
Greg Rathvon .... production accountant
Sara Blythe Smith .... production coordinator
Marinko Spahic .... production assistant
Mike Warner .... production assistant
Richard Farmer .... special thanks
Ron Howard .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual dialogue
USA:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: Bob drives off from the circle over his own tracks (3-point turn), but in the rotating shot in the morning, his tracks run off in a smooth curve like he simply drove forward in a tight turn.See more »
[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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34 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
One of the Finest of the Weird and Beautiful, 13 January 2006
Author: scfaulkner from United States

I've just read a slew of reviews of this film. People really hate this movie and to be honest, I don't understand why. In The Big Empty, Jon Favreau plays an out of work actor who is hired/blackmailed by his landlord/neighbor (Bud Cort, aka Harold, of Harold and Maude) to deliver a briefcase to a Cowboy in the wastelands of Central California.

He is reluctant, but has nothing better to do. He heads out, leaving Joey Lauren Adams in a neighboring apartment without any shoes. As he wanders through a stark, Bakersfieldian landscape seeking solace, and a violent Englishman in full-agg-hetero cowboy regalia, he is accosted by eldritch horrors, unspeakable fornications, vicious chainsaw wielding savages, and Frasier's Kelsey Grammar. Eventually, the weirdness stacks up until his disturbingly over-sized head is viciously exploded and his torso becomes a giant bowling ball. ...wait, that's not right. It's close though. This movie IS quirky and original. Don't let the naysayers fool you with their saying of nay. In this fine piece of cinema we encounter many elements that we've seen before, but they are cobbled together into a funny and cruel shoeful of surrealist whackiness. I laughed and was temporarily dumbstuck by the shear unpredictability of it all. The cast does a fine job, and should be given waffles and fine international syrups. If you're the type of person who is afraid of movies that you can't figure out in the first five minutes (or at all), go back to the DaVinci Code. You are not ready. --S.Casey Faulkner

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