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Big Eyes (2014)

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A drama about the awakening of 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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A true story about art and the art of deception. See more »


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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:

Velike oči  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$14,479,776 (USA) (20 March 2015)
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The establishing shot of the courthouse shows the famous gold-leaf statue of Kamehameha the Great, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. The building behind the statue is Ali'iolani Hale ("House of the Heavenly King"), home of the Hawaii Supreme Court. See more »

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When Margaret reveals on the radio that she painted the "Big Eyes" paintings, the sign outside the radio station states a frequency of 905.1 AM. AM radio stations don't use fractional frequencies; the station should be something like 905 AM. See more »

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Margaret Keane: Espresso? Is that like reefer?
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2017) See more »

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In My Room
Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher
Performed by Julian Coryell and Storm Gardner
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Good but lacks substance for lasting impression
1 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christoph Waltz steals the show in Big Eyes, Tim Burton's whimsical tale of an artist and a scandal set in the transporting setting of California in the 60's.

The story of Big Eyes is something straight out of the movies, but no, the tale of Margaret Keane and her artistry is based on fact and real life.

Tim Burton's Big Eyes is a dramatic narrative of Margaret Keane, the painter, mother and wife. Having left her husband, with daughter in tow, she seeks a new beginning in California. While there, she hopes to make a living through her art and subsequently meets and marries a man named Walter. Trying to navigate the art world and make a living, her husband claims credit for her artwork which eventually becomes highly profitable. Burton focuses on the awakening of Keane as an artist and to her husband's shortcomings and the legal difficulties in claiming ownership of her work.

Margaret Keane's life is a fascinating and near unbelievable one. And much of Big Eyes' success as a film rests comfortably on that very story. Well, Big Eyes rests on the story of Keane and on Christoph Waltz's immeasurable charm in his performance as Walter Keane.

The sad big eyed children made commercially famous by Keane are uniquely peculiar. Stylistically, it was only right that Tim Burton should direct a film about the painter. It is apparent that Big Eyes is a Burton film; however, Tim Burton subdues his style substantially so that the narrative of this marvelous woman can take center stage. Creatively, this is a refreshing departure for the director.

The Big Eyes movie parallels the artwork of Margaret Keane in an unintentional manner. Margaret Keane was able to look at a person and capture their essence and then put it on canvas with her own twist through large sad eyes. Similarly, Tim Burton takes the core elements of Keane's life and translates it to film with his own fanciful creative liberties. Though everything is in the movie adaptation of Big Eyes, it lacks substance and heart to connect with the audience to have a lasting impression.

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