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The Big Kahuna ()


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Two veteran salesmen dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protégé.

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Larry Mann
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Phil Cooper (as Danny Devito)
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Bob Walker
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Bellboy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Christopher Donahue ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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The Big Kahuna (uncredited)
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Business Man (uncredited)
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Hotel Patron Leaving Lobby (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Swanbeck

Written by

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Roger Rueff ... (play "Hospitality Suite")
 
Roger Rueff ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Gerard Guez ... executive producer
Barbara A. Hall ... line producer
Joanne Horowitz ... co-producer
Bernie Morris ... associate producer
Elie Samaha ... producer
Kevin Spacey ... producer
Andrew Stevens ... producer

Music by

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Christopher Young

Cinematography by

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Anastas N. Michos ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peggy Davis

Editorial Department

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Colby Enders ... editorial assistant (as Colby R. Enders)
Jeffrey L. Jamison ... first assistant editor
Andrew Loschin ... assistant editor
Mike Milliken ... color timer
Maureen Norton ... executive in charge of post-production

Production Design by

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Kalina Ivanov

Art Direction by

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Frank White III

Set Decoration by

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Susie Goulder ... (as Suzie Goudler)

Costume Design by

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Janie Bryant ... (as Katherine Jane Bryant)

Makeup Department

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Karyn Alexander Huston ... key hair stylist: additional photography (as Karyn Huston)
Amy Schmiederer ... key makeup artist: additional photography
Mia Thoen ... key makeup artist
Kenneth Walker ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Eric Bergman ... post-production supervisor
William Perkins ... unit production manager
Libby Richman ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marco Ajello ... second second assistant director
Jeff Jenofsky ... first assistant director: additional photography
Aida Rodgers ... second assistant director (as Aida Rogers)
Amanda Slater ... first assistant director
Michelle Gold ... second assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)

Art Department

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Gary Aharoni ... on-set dresser
Helen Baldizzone ... scenic artist
Brian Becker ... construction
Glen Bowen ... construction (as Glenn Bowen)
Susan Bradley ... art director: title sequence
Francis Brady ... shop electric
Rodney Clark ... second key carpenter
Robert Covelman ... property master
Tim Davies ... construction
Christine Frankeberger ... assistant property master (as Chris Frankenburger)
Jim Gilmartin ... scenic artist
Gerald Gloster ... construction
Phil Goldstein ... scenic artist
E.J. Grover ... charge scenic (as E. Jane Grover)
Lincoln Harrice ... construction
Pedro Hernández ... second key construction grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Shauna Kellin ... scenic artist
Philip Kennedy ... scenic artist (as Phil Kennedy)
George Kousoulides ... scenic artist
Bill Lehne ... construction coordinator
Lauren Levin ... scenic artist (as Lauren Lev)
Frank Lombardo ... property master: additional photography
Paul Loret ... construction
Todd MacNicholl ... construction
Lou Miller ... key carpenter
Laraine Mills ... art department assistant
Lyvan A. Munlyn ... on-set scenic (as Lyvan Munlyn)
Don Nace ... scenic artist
Mel Noped ... construction (as Melvin Noped)
Celia Parker ... scenic artist
Joseph Proscia ... leadman (as Joseph F. Proscia)
Malcolm Reid ... shop craftsperson
Scott Ritenour ... art director: additional photography
Pamela Roy-Stasney ... assistant decorator (as Pam Roy)
Ernie Shulder ... construction (as Ernie Shalder)
Larry Steinberg ... key construction grip
Ken Tanzer ... construction
Dan Vranesich ... construction (as Dan Vranesvich)
Marc Vranesich ... construction (as Marc Vranesvich)
Franz Yeich ... construction

Sound Department

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Pembrooke Andrews ... foley editor
Thor Benitez ... adr recordist
Matthew C. Beville ... adr mixer (as Matt Beville) / foley mixer (as Matt Beville)
Levon Broussalian ... manager: sound services
Jeff K. Brunello ... sound effects editor
Harry Cohen ... supervising sound designer
Paul Curtis ... dialogue editor
Marc Fishman ... re-recording mixer
Elisabeth Flaum ... sound effects editor
Clare C. Freeman ... supervising sound editor
Marshall Garlington ... re-recording mixer
Adam Gillick ... assistant sound effects editor
Wayne Gordon ... manager: sound services
John Garret Gorman ... sound recordist
Rebecca Hanck ... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly ... adr mixer / foley mixer
Paul Koronkiewicz ... boom operator
Vince Nicastro ... foley artist
Nancy Nugent ... assistant dialogue editor
Jeff Pullman ... production sound mixer
Joan Rowe ... foley artist
Katie Rowe ... foley artist
Sean Rowe ... foley artist
Dan Scolnik ... foley editor
Cathie Speakman ... dialogue editor (as Catherine Speakman)
Chris Staszak ... adr recordist
Karl Wasserman ... boom operator
James Wright ... consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Jean-Lionel Etcheverry ... french dubbing mixer (uncredited)
William Schneiberg ... additional boom operator (uncredited)

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Beth Block ... digital artist: Buena Vista Imaging
Leeway Chang ... digital artist: Buena Vista Imaging
Michael Curtis ... digital artist: Buena Vista Imaging
Christofer Dierdorff ... digital supervisor: Buena Vista Imaging (as Chris Dierdorff)
Jim Farrell ... camera operator: Buena Vista Imaging
Patric Kenly ... line-up: Buena Vista Imaging (as Pat Kenly)
William Koshowany ... line-up: Buena Vista Imaging (as Bil Koshowany)
Jolynn LaCasse ... storyboard artist: main title, Buena Vista Imaging (as Jolynn Lacasse)
Van Luong ... systems administrator: Buena Vista Imaging
Jim Mann ... camera operator: Buena Vista Imaging
Ron Peterson ... camera operator: Buena Vista Imaging
Bill Shook ... scanning and recording: Buena Vista Imaging
Michael Sweeney ... effects producer: Buena Vista Imaging
John White ... black & white lab supervisor: Buena Vista Imaging

Stunts

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Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Audino ... gaffer (as Rich Audino)
Jeff Barco ... gaffer: additional photography
Lucas Bielan ... director of photography: additional photography
Steve Calalang ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Bruce Carothers ... key grip: additional photography (as Robert Bruce Carothers)
John Clifford ... still photographer
Lamont Crawford ... grip
Jack English ... additional lighting equipment provider
James J. Ferris ... electrician (as Jim Ferris)
Kenneth Fundus ... dolly grip (as Ken Fundus)
Jamie Gallagher ... generator operator
Michael Gallart ... best boy electric
Dennis Green ... 24 frame video operator
Lee Kazista ... second assistant camera
Peter Masterson ... first assistant camera (as Peter Carlos Masterson)
Jim McMillan Jr. ... best boy grip (as James McMillan Jr.)
James McMillan ... key grip
Vojislav Mikulic ... gaffer: additional photography (as Voya Mikulic)
Charles 'Ching' Oettel ... second assistant camera: additional photography
Catherine Rios ... camera intern
Tom Weston ... camera operator / director of photography: second unit
Pete White ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Brooke Stanford ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Domenic Andreoli ... additional casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Suzanne Kelly ... costume supervisor
Patty Malick ... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography
Sonya M. Andonov ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Patty Malick ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Location Management

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Ed Lippman ... location manager: additional photography
Tom Ross ... location manager
Andrew Saxe ... location manager

Music Department

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Pete Anthony ... orchestrator
Anita Camarata ... music supervisor
Kostas Christides ... orchestrator (as Konstantinos Christides)
Paul Cohen ... musician: cello
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering ... musician: guitar
Chuck Domanico ... musician: bass
Alan Estes ... musician: percussion
Robert Fernandez ... score mixer / score recordist
Robert Fernandez ... musician: percussion
Kaylin Frank ... music supervisor
M.B. Gordy ... musician: percussion (as Marvin B. Gordy III)
Tanya Noel Hill ... assistant music editor
Michael Lang ... musician: keyboard
David Low ... music manager / musician: cello
Rene Mandel ... musician: violin
Frank Marocco ... musician: accordion
Sujin Nam ... scoring coordinator
Gary Nesturek ... musician: keyboard (as Gary Nesteruk)
Sid Page ... musician: violin
Jasper Randall ... scoring coordinator
David Reynolds ... orchestra leader
Rich Ruttenberg ... musician: keyboard
Steve Schaeffer ... musician: percussion (as Steven Schaffer)
Gary Stiffelman ... music business affairs: Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca & Fischer LLP for Jersey Records
Ron Straus ... musician: viola
Karl Vincent ... musician: bass (as Karl Vincent-Wickliff)
Terry Wilson ... supervising music editor
Christopher Young ... orchestrator
Todd Bozung ... preview music editor (uncredited)
Kenneth Burgomaster ... score mock-ups (uncredited)
Jon Kull ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Flavio Motalla ... score co-producer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Kenny Gaskins ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Alan Aguilar ... catering: Coast to Coast Catering
Rico Omega Alston ... video utility
Elias Axume ... assistant to servicing
Joshua A. Bell ... first assistant accountant
Bruce Bennett ... script intern
Alexandra Billington ... production intern
Susan Bradley ... title designer
Timothy Brooks ... office production assistant
Dana Brunetti ... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Michelle Chang ... copyright owner: Penthouse April 1999 spread, used by permission
Wendy Cohen ... product placement
Jesse Cole ... set production assistant
Beth Conwell ... director of servicing
Yarek Danielak ... international sales assistant
Laurie Dodsworth ... post-production accountant
Kristen Figeroid ... executive administrative assistant
Donovan Girard ... craft service
Peggy Glascoe ... production accountant
David Harris ... production secretary
James Holt ... vice president of finance (as Jim Holt)
Maura Hoy ... vice president of administration and sales
Chiemi Karasawa ... script supervisor
Victoria Lang ... set production assistant
Joshua Levinson ... associate: Mr. Devito (as Josh Levinson)
David Lynch ... script intern
Corinne Marrinan ... assistant: Mr. Swanbeck
Susan Muir ... completion bond: Film Finances Inc.
Malee Nerenhausen ... finance manager (as Mallee Nerenhausen)
Richard Novey ... vice president of international distribution
Robert L. Oppenheim ... business affairs: Oppenheim & Payne
Marianna Palka ... production intern
Katie Petrosky ... production associate (as Kate Petrosky)
Nancy Scanlon ... script editor (as Nancy Lane Scanlon)
Florian Schereck ... production controller
Brian Slocum ... production coordinator
Douglas R. Stone ... attorney: Stone, Meyer & Genow LLP for Trigger Street Productions
Alfonso Trinidad ... key set production assistant
Jeff Wadlow ... set production assistant (as Jeffrey C. Wadlow)
Mike Welch ... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Lisa Wilson ... president: international sales
Joe Cappelletti ... additional voices (uncredited)
Ian Harrington ... assistant: Danny DeVito (uncredited)
Massimo Nouhra ... production financing (uncredited)
Alex Panagakis ... publicist (uncredited)

Thanks

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George Bishop ... thanks: Wichita artist
Deborah Brock ... special thanks (as Deborah J. Brock)
Jay Cassidy ... special thanks
Peter DiPerro ... thanks: Beverly Hills Luggage (as Peter diPerro)
Molly Prather ... special thanks
Martin Rabinovitch ... special thanks
Eric Rigney ... special thanks
Kandy Tate ... thanks: Wichita artist
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

On the last evening of a convention two seen-it-all industrial lubricant salesmen and a youngster from the research department gather in the hotel's hospitality suite to host a delegates party. The main aim is to get the business of one particular big fish. When it becomes apparent that it is the lad who has developed a direct line to the guy, his strong religious beliefs bring him into sharp conflict with his older and more cynical colleagues. Written by Jeremy Perkins

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Taglines Every sale begins with a smile. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hospitality Suite (United States)
  • The Big Kahuna - Ein dicker Fisch (Germany)
  • El pez gordo (Spain)
  • A Chave do Sucesso (Brazil)
  • Strictly Business (Sweden)
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  • 90 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $80,957, 30 Apr 2000

Did You Know?

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Trivia Kevin Spacey's character, Larry Mann is a salesman that talks about manipulating clients throughout the movie. At about the 34 minute mark he wears the hat featured in the movie's poster and is apparently pitching to a group of clients. The pitch is inaudible since there's music playing, a trumpet-orchestra version of Henry Mancini's theme for Charade (1963) which starred Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a movie that revolved around lies, deception and deceit. See more »
Goofs When Larry attacks Bob he pushes him on a table with food and juice glasses. But when Bob gets up a moment later there are no stains on the back of his white shirt. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Battlefield Earth/The Big Kahuna/Hamlet/Michael Jordan to the Max (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Hey Pachuco! See more »
Quotes Larry Mann: There are people in this world, Bob, who look very official while they are doing what they are doing. And do you know why?
Bob Walker: Why?
Larry Mann: Because they don't know what they are doing. Because if you know what you are doing, then you don't have to look like you know what you are doing, because it comes naturally.
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