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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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Film School prepared Nick for everything... everything but Hollywood. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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15 December 1989 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Comédia  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$117,463
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Trivia

Martin Short regrets not appearing in the film's credits. The reason he is uncredited: He was considered an "extended cameo" only having four scenes, totaling seven minutes. In his autobiography, he was so proud of the Neil Sussman character, that he wished he'd asked for screen credit. 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

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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You're Driving Me Crazy
Written by David Nichtern and Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
Performed by Gregory Prestopino (as Greg Prestopino)
[Plays as Nick drives to Gretchen while imagining their tryst.]
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Nick Chapman - an indie-film pioneer?
3 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

THE BIG PICTURE is a breezy satire of the movie business from the mind of writer/director Christopher Guest (BEST IN SHOW, A MIGHTY WIND). It tells the story of Nick Chapman (Kevin Bacon), a young film director who gets put through the Hollywood wringer. Studio executives, agents, and starlets all prey on Nick's naivete and he eventually sells out, neglecting his girlfriend and best friend in the process.

What's interesting about THE BIG PICTURE is its grassroots portrayal of how Nick finally launches his Hollywood career - by starting small, doing his own thing, and involving his friends. Those are basically the tenets of independent film, which boomed in the decade following THE BIG PICTURE.

Nowadays, many of those indie directors - among them Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez, and Christopher Nolan - are getting hired to do big-budget studio pictures. In fact, Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape" was released the same year as this movie.

Was Nick Chapman's "Pez People" video responsible for the indie film movement? Not likely, but THE BIG PICTURE was certainly an advocate of its principles.


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