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The Next Big Thing (2001)

A painter who finds success (and true love) after a pickpocket steals one of his works, gives it a false authorship and promotes the imaginary artist to instant success so he can cash in on his ill-gotten gains.


P.J. Posner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Eigeman ... Gus Bishop
Jamie Harris ... Deech Scumble
Connie Britton ... Kate Crowley
Janet Zarish ... Florence Rubin
Mike Starr ... Walter Sznitken
Farley Granger ... Arthur Pomposello
Marin Hinkle ... Shari Lampkin
Peter Giles ... Roger
Dechen Thurman ... Damian Spire
John Seitz John Seitz ... Mr. Chesick
Ileen Getz ... Trish Kane
Edward James Hyland ... Museum Director (as Ed Hyland)
Gerta Grunen Gerta Grunen ... Bernice Chesick
Samia Shoaib Samia Shoaib ... Varda Abromowitz
Doug Stone ... Mr. Willard


Starving artist Gus Bishop can't even give away his paintings. But a fictitious Geoffrey Buonardi, with the same paintings and an inventive back story, can become the darling of the art world. How long can Gus Bishop perpetrate the scam and remain in the shadows while his legendary alter ego basks in the spotlight as The Next Big Thing? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Final film of Farley Granger. See more »


Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
Composed by Camille Saint-Saëns
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Performed by Amber Smoke
Accompaniment by Jeff Brown
From the opera "Samson et Dalila"
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A middle of the heap romcom
18 May 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

A typical starving artist (Eigeman) is unable to sell his paintings until a scam artist creates a mysterious identity for him and proves that one can find wealth and true love through fraud as his art becomes "The Next Big Thing". There is as little to praise and there is to fault in this easy-going B romcom now on cable. An okay time killer for couch potatoes. (C+)

Note - Farley Granger, 50's heart-throb, makes a rare appearance in this film.

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Release Date:

8 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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A Arte do Engano See more »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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