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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 & 18 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,610,026, 2 January 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,479,776, 22 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,059,366, 3 February 2015
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Trivia

Lana Del Rey recorded two songs for the soundtrack, making it her first collaboration with Tim Burton. In her song "Gods and Monsters," she sings "Life imitates art." Walter Keane says "Life imitating art..." Earlier in the year she did a recording for Maleficent (2014), which originally was set to be directed by Burton. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dick Nolan: [narrating] The '50s were a grand time, if you were a man. I'm Dick Nolan. I make things up for a living - I'm a reporter.
[Margaret frantically packing things]
Dick Nolan: It's the strangest goddamn story that I ever covered. It started the day that Margaret Ulbrich walked out on her suffocating husband, long before it became the fashionable thing to do.
Margaret Keane: Come on, Janie.
[they get into the car]
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I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written by James Brown
Performed by Grady Harrell
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A lovely comedy drama
20 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

"Big Eyes" (2014) is more of good feel comedy drama then a serious biography drama as it's genre indicates. Yes, it is based on a very true story, but this is not a typical biopic by any means. It's a "light" and easy movie, with some great performances by both leads, tight pacing, very nice writing and directing. No wonder that it was mentioned in an Comedy or Musical categories at Golden Globes and not in motion picture drama.

Overall, this is true very well made biography drama about some painters and frauds. Won't going to spoil anything, just going to say that i was very surprised by the ending when i find out that this actually happen, well, probably not word by word but the outcome did happen actually how it was portrait in the movie. This is a very fine picture from legendary director Tim Burton, and safe to say that this is his best movie in years simply by not being "a Tim Burton's" movie as we know them. This small budget picture (in terms of other's T.Burton's flicks) actually is much more lovely and intimate then his recent works. I will go even so far and say that i haven't enjoy his movie so much since 1999's "Sleepy Hollow".


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