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Big Eyes (2014)

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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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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:

Big Eyes: Retrato de una mentira  »

Box Office

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$14,479,776 (USA) (20 March 2015)
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When Margaret and Walter are painting in front of the San Francisco palace of Fine Arts, the real Margaret Keane can be seen reading a book on the park bench behind them. See more »

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An early scene shows Margaret and Walter painting a landscape in San Francisco at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts building. However, in the 1950s the 1915 constructed Palace had not yet been restored and was in a crumbling state of ruins and fenced off and not visible to the public. It wasn't until the late 1960s that the palace was restored to its original beauty. See more »

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Margaret Keane: Espresso? Is that like reefer?
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Not typical Tim Burton, still a nice drama that's fun and it inspires with love, and finding artistic discovery.
1 January 2015 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton and with his latest "Big Eyes" it clearly is not typical Tim Burton it's more of a serious tone and manner it's different from comic book tales and animation of the dark senses and world of Tim. This film is actually a true take on the life and times of female painter Margaret Keane as it's a true tale of discovery, fate and getting to know your world thru the eyes of art. Set in the 1950's California Margaret Keane(Amy Adams)is a single mother who decides to set out on her own as her talents of the brush and drawing is her only hope to earn her bucks for her and her daughter. Upon meeting Walter(Christoph Waltz)a sharp and arrogant know it all showman type, it's under the spell that Margaret soon becomes Mrs. Keane. And success and fame and public notice comes from the couples paintings only the Mr. takes all the credit! This film becomes a legal dispute as who is claiming the work is in question yet you as the viewer know who's best at the brush! Overall nice little sentimental film from Tim it's different yet that's what makes a director and a film work that's a different take that appeals to the big eyes of viewers!


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