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Big Eyes (I) (2014)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  25 December 2014 (USA)
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A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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Storyline

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. Written by Anne Campbell

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She created it. He sold it. And they bought it. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Eyes: Retrato de una mentira  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,610,026 (USA) (2 January 2015)

Gross:

$14,479,776 (USA) (20 March 2015)
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Amy Adams replaced Reese Witherspoon in the lead female role. She previously replaced Witherspoon in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and The Master (2012). See more »

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Quotes

Ruben: Why are their eyes so big?
Walter Keane: Eyes are the windows to the soul!
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Big Eyes
Written and Performed by Lana Del Rey
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2 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an art lover I enjoyed Big Eyes because it exposes some the complexity of inspiration and the creation of art. Big Eyes as the title shows is about the Big Eyes paintings. But it also has the theme of how strong women can overcome any challenge. In the 1950s it was unimaginable for a woman to set her own course. The main character leaves her husband and takes her child only to fall for a smooth talker who takes credit for her art. All is OK, until she discovers she wants to grow and not be hidden in the darkness. Along the way she uses the art as a means to expose herself and share to the world how the eyes are windows to the soul.


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