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Big Time (1988)

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Waits ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael L. Blair Michael L. Blair ... Musician
Ralph Carney Ralph Carney ... Musician
Greg Cohen Greg Cohen ... Musician
Marc Ribot Marc Ribot ... Musician
Willie Schwarz Willie Schwarz ... Musician
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Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect. Written by Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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The concert was "the best live performance of the year." The movie is BIG TIME.

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1989 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Wielki czas See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$148,426
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Tom Waits: There's a theatre right up Western, with seven X's. I mean, double-X, okay. Triple-X, eh... but seven X's. "GIRLS WITHOUT SKIN". That's all I could think... that I wanna see. "Come here baby, you're a doll, I love ya!"
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Train Song
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Sometimes beautiful, sometimes garish, all Tom Waits
16 October 1999 | by JobokarSee all my reviews

I'm not the best at reviews, but I wanted SOMETHING to be written here. I know you can do a better job, please feel free!

Anyway, I got this movie expecting something far different. It is a live concert film at times, but it is also a play about 'Frank' of Frank's Wild Years.

It does have some interesting visuals, such as the flaming umbrella in 9th an Hennepin, and Tom singing in the shower on Innocent When You Dream.

I did enjoy the film 'Big Time' more than the CD 'Big Time' - I enjoy seeing his theatrical vision. I'd love to know what Tom wanted the audience to get out of the movie.


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