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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 »

Director:

Chris Blum
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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 ... 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.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$148,426
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Tom Waits: [revealing a row of watches on his arm] Hey, you almost missed the show! You need a watch. Paris, France, Tokyo, Hong Kong, the Sudan. Know what I'm sayin'? Step this way... step this way please!
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Connections

Spoofed in Documentary Now!: Final Transmission (2016) See more »

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Johnsburg, Illinois
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Excellent band, great tunes, outrageous performance
5 January 2000 | by Andrew SchoenhoferSee all my reviews

Great footage of Waits and his band. Carney on reeds and Ribot on guitars are well worth the listening, if you can find the video. Waits outrageous on stage.

Ribot stayed with Waits throughout the '90s, as well as recording on his own and with others; Carney one of the hot jazzers of the late '90s with his group Oranj Symphonette.

Songs are from the Swordfishtrombones/Frank's Wild Years/Rain Dogs era. You'll never hear them the same way after seeing the film.


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