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The Last Big Thing (1996)

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From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. ... See full summary »


Dan Zukovic


Dan Zukovic
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Zukovic ... Simon Geist
Susan Heimbeinder Susan Heimbeinder ... Darla Hames (as Susan Heimbinder)
Mark Ruffalo ... Brent Benedict
Pamela Dickerson Pamela Dickerson ... Tedra
Andrew Falk Andrew Falk ... Chris
Sibel Ergener Sibel Ergener ... Magda
James Lorinz ... Comic
Yul Vazquez ... 1st Interviewer
Thomas Prisco Thomas Prisco ... 2nd Interviewer
Louis Mustillo ... Video Producer
Steven Kay Steven Kay ... Video D.P.
Blaine Capatch Blaine Capatch ... Band Leader
Mitch Mayer Mitch Mayer ... Band Member
Will Huston Will Huston ... Band Member
Yevo Yevo ... Band Member


From a bland tract house on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Simon Geist (with occasional help from his platonic girlfriend Darla) wages war against all of modern American popular culture. Geist starts up a magazine called "The Next Big Thing", which he uses to confront and insult upcoming actors, comics, models and rock bands. As Geist's mysterious Underground Agenda escalates, will he become the "last big thing", or be co-opted by the very forces he is railing against? Written by Van Film Fest

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The culture is going down on itself... go ahead, Scream!


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language

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The tongue piercing of the reporters was a prop made from half-dome pierced earrings from the local Walmart. The backs were cut off and denture glue was used to stick them to the tongue. See more »


Simon Geist: They've been making the same car since 1986. It's called The Car.
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Purple Haired Girl
Written by Cole Coonce & Dan Zukovic
Published by Braindead Muzick, BMI
Lead Vocals: Tony Kinman
Bass, Stun Guitar: Todd Westover
Guitar: Cole Coonce
Tony Kinman appears courtesy of Iloki Records
Courtesy of Nitronic Research
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Ultra no budget commentary on the dumbing of America
16 March 1999 | by IkkySee all my reviews

Zukovic's first (maybe "last") feature. Reportedly shot in the VERY low six figures. This rant against 90's postmodernism and America's self referential popculture tailspin contains some sardonicly hilarious moments wedged between selfconscious "Byronic Poses".

If you like all the Big Budget Lost In Space sitcom rehashes that pass for "A" movies this is not for you. If you are disgusted with the turn Hollywood has taken since the 70's it is worth a buck rental for sure.

Short on the human side and reaching for that epic gesture (a difficult thing to do even when you have a budget) Big Thing is flawed, but laying prostrate in the right direction.

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Последняя важная вещь See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Dolby SR



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1.85 : 1
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