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Big Nothing (2006)

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A frustrated, unemployed teacher joining forces with a scammer and his girlfriend in a blackmailing scheme.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Deputy Garman (as Billy Asher)
80 Year Old Blind Man
Olivia Peterson ...
Call Center Supervisor
Melanie #1
Laurence Bouvard ...
Melanie #2
Mindy Lee Raskin ...
Melanie #3


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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 December 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Grande Coisa  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)


£83,829 (UK) (1 December 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point in the movie, a Deputy asks David Schwimmer's character what his name is and he says Stephen Hawking. Alice Eve appeared in the BBC drama movie Hawking (2004). See more »


After the accident with the fat guy, it starts to rain but neither Gus or the fat guy has rain on their clothing or hair. See more »


[first lines]
Charlie: [Charlie is narrating] My name is Charlie Wood.
Charlie: I think I made a big mistake...
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Basic animated characters are shown being drawn during the opening credits See more »


References Rain Man (1988) See more »


Stabat Mater: 1. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
by Emma Kirby, The Academy of Ancient Music, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, James Bowman & Christopher Hogwood
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User Reviews

Original, disturbing, hilarious!
3 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie really caught me by surprise. I hadn't heard about it until about two days before the release and decided to give it a chance. I didn't regret it! Big Nothing is the story of two nice losers who decide to blackmail a porn-addicted priest. A fool-proof plan. Needless to say, everything goes wrong. Big Nothing made me laugh my head off and managed to shock me quite a few times, which is what made it so unique. Superficially, it might look like another crime caper but the sheer number of twists and turns and the fun factor of the whole thing really sets it apart from the rest of the pack. And just when you think you get the gist of it, the tone itself changes, and you're leaving the caper behind to plunge into a downright Gothic, although still hilarious, movie. It's a very intense ride which made me feel almost battered after the screening. My friends reacted in pretty much the same way. We laughed so hard we cried, and we jumped our of our seats quite a few times. I suspect some people will be disturbed by the tone change, but that's what makes the movie so unique in my opinion. It seems to get great reviews overall, although I read a couple of nasty ones in the press. Those guys are probably too old for that kind of ride, and I actually wouldn't recommend it to anyone wearing a pacemaker. Nothing's perfect in this world, although I have a hard time finding what I didn't like. Kick-ass soundtrack and photography complemented the storyline perfectly. A fantastically punk movie. Disco-lovers should give it a miss! This was my very first review. More to come!

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