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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.

Director:

Christopher Guest

Writers:

Michael Varhol (story), Christopher Guest (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Nick Chapman
Emily Longstreth ... Susan Rawlings
J.T. Walsh ... Allen Habel
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lydia Johnson
Michael McKean ... Emmet Sumner
Kim Miyori ... Jenny Sumner
Teri Hatcher ... Gretchen
Dan Schneider ... Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould Jason Gould ... Carl Manknik
Tracy Brooks Swope ... Lori Pressman
Don Franklin ... Todd Marvin
Gary Kroeger ... Mark
Alice Hirson ... Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens Grant Owens ... Mr. Chapman
Fran Drescher ... 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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Taglines:

Hollywood Reel To Real See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1989 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Comédia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$117,463
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Film Society See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Nick (Bacon) meets Gretchen (Hatcher) for the first time, the song "Midnight at the Oasis" is heard in the background performed musak style. The same song was also used in Christopher Guest's film Waiting for Guffman (1996). See more »

Goofs

In Susan's office, her pearl necklace changes length. See more »

Quotes

Nick Chapman: What is it?
Emmet Sumner: It's this stupid movie. It's called "Coffins from Hell."
Nick Chapman: What is it about?
Emmet Sumner: Coffins from hell.
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Soundtracks

The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé (as Mel Torme) and Robert Wells (as Bob Wells)
Performed by Dick Haymes
Courtesy of MCA Records
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tinsel town spoof needs sharper teeth
7 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

No one can blame the people who work there for not daring to make a true Hollywood satire: it would, after all, be their own careers at the butt of every joke. Which may explain why this mild lampoon of modern movie-making - the parties, the pretensions, the deals, the hype - tactfully avoids hitting its intended targets too hard. Kevin Bacon is the aspiring director courted by Tinsel Town royalty (agents and producers) after winning an AFI student film award; he's a talented and honest guy in an industry often unable to recognize either virtue, and it isn't long before he loses himself to the shallow rewards of Hollywood status: fast cars, faster women, and so forth. Viewers may recognize in the credits the names of some of the folk responsible for the definitive rock 'n' roll spoof 'This Is Spinal Tap', but any other similarity between the two features is entirely coincidental. The new film is almost as superficial as the movies it makes fun of: it's a comedy about selling out that sells itself out for the obligatory (if nicely ironic) happy ending. Watch for many familiar faces in uncredited cameos.


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