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The Big Picture (1989)

Film school grad Nick Chapman thought his career was made after his award winning short film, but discovered Hollywood wasn't as easy as it seems.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Chapman
... Susan Rawlings
... Allen Habel
... Lydia Johnson
... Emmet Sumner
... Jenny Sumner
... Gretchen
... Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould ... Carl Manknik
... Lori Pressman
... Todd Marvin
... Mark
... Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens ... Mr. Chapman
... Polo Habel
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Storyline

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost? Written by Reid Gagle

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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

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A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$117,463
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As Nick walks out of the Los Angeles movie theater, the short cigar-smoking fellow one step ahead of him is Jerry Maren, the last surviving Munchkin from The Wizard of Oz. See more »

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In Lydia's apartment she begins to raise her beer to her mouth in one shot, but in the next shot it's back by her side. See more »

Quotes

Allen Habel: We're doing a picture in London right now and everyone is just freaking out.
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Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
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Written by George Michael
Performed by Wham!
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funny, slightly uneven "insider movie"
6 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie has some slow moments, and I found the idea that Kevin Bacon's character, an aspiring directory, would leave his girlfriend (played by Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo-actress (played by Teri Hatcher and one of the film's weakest characters) pretty unconvincing. In general, I found the bimbo-actress subplot poorly done, and this was the slowest part of the movie. The other characters were done well, with an outstanding cameo by Martin Short as the aspiring director's agent -- the three scenes with Short would make the movie worthwhile by themselves in my opinion. J. T. Walsh was very good as well, as the fatuous studio head, and the gag at the end where the young director's career is revived was very enjoyable.

It's not as good as "The Player" or "Get Shorty", but if you like movies about making movies, you will probably like this one.


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