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A Bigger Splash (2015)

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The vacation of a famous rock star and a filmmaker in Italy is disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corrado Guzzanti ...
Alessandro Ferrara ...
Carabiniere 1
David Maddalena ...
Carabiniere 2
Salvatore Gabriele ...
Livio Franco Blandino ...
Restaurant Owner
Vito Rodo ...
Elena Bucci ...
Tom Stickley ...
Jerry Popiel ...


In A BIGGER SPLASH, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star (Tilda Swinton) and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria, are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rasprskavanje  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$114,419 (USA) (6 May 2016)


$1,982,505 (USA) (24 June 2016)

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1.85 : 1
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Before David Kajganich started the first draft of the script, he read every official and unofficial book about The Rolling Stones and watched every official and unofficial documentary about them. He needed to build a space in the factual world of 1990s rock-n-roll that Marianne Lane and Harry Hawkes could have occupied. What Rolling Stones albums, for instance, could Harry have produced. Once he decided that, he found as many first-person accounts of being in the studio during the recording of those songs as he could. Incidentally, he had a very interesting email forwarded to him during prep for the shoo, it was to the film's music supervisor and it was from Mick Jagger. At some point The Rolling Stones read the script. The filmmakers wanted their blessing since they were asking for the rights to some of their music and they gave it to them, but in this email Mick Jagger was asking how Kajganich knew the story Harry tells in the film about recording "Moon Is Up" and having Charlie Watts play a trash can instead of a drum. Kajganich had read the substance of that anecdote in one of Stanley Booth's books about The Rolling Stones. But he'd used it in the script in this sort of ball-out way and was a little concerned at first that Mick Jagger might be annoyed about it, but he couldn't have been more game. He was essentially writing to correct a detail in that scene as Kajganich had written it. Kajganich told that he was very happy to have the adjustment, because you're not going to get a better fact-checker for a story about The Rolling Stones than Mick Jagger. Kajganich also listened almost exclusively to The Rolling Stones for a year. See more »


The position of Pen's arms change when they encounter the strange men on their hike. See more »


Harry Hawkes: Honesty is the greatest fidelity.
Paul De Smedt: Yeah, well, the world is not ready for your honesty.
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Crazy Credits

Throughout the credits, and at random intervals, there are images of stylised flowers, particularly noticeable in the section listing soundtrack items. See more »


Bella Ciao
Performed by Elena Bucci
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this really needed more editing
17 June 2016 | by (fairfax, United States) – See all my reviews

i never saw La Piscina, so did not know about this being a remake, but at more than one point, i thought it reminiscent of 'Women in Love', but not exactly. i don't think this is a spoiler, as there were only a few scenes in parallel universes. the scenery of the Italian island was extraordinary and the topical mention of the migration from wherever to that island and Lampedusa was interesting to me. but i thought there was way too much loud music and gratuitous sex. even when i was young, i preferred the sex in my own life, and not so much in movies, but that's just tough for me. the acting was great, but there is a story about making 'All the King's Men' and the director told the editor to cut out a lot before the first dialogue in a scene and after the last word, and the movie flowed better. if this editor had done that, and also cut out the music, dancing, and sex that did not move the plot forward, the movie would have been about 45 minutes shorter, and much easier to watch. the last half hour was terrific, except where it reminded me of the Italian cop shows they put on the pbs late at night. the pacing of this made the pace of the English patient look like a looney tune of daffy and porky, by comparison. i would not be sending any friend to see this stinking movie. i guess that makes this a spoiler of sorts. sorry

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