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The Big Empty (2003)

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John Person is an actor with little work, and no money, who suddenly finds himself with an opportunity to make some quick cash by delivering a suitcase to the middle of nowhere.

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Steve Anderson

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Steve Anderson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Favreau ... John Person
Joey Lauren Adams ... Grace
Bud Cort ... Neely
Jon Gries ... Elron
Daryl Hannah ... Stella
Adam Beach ... Randy
Gary Farmer ... Indian Bob
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Ruthie
Brent Briscoe ... Dan
Melora Walters ... Candy
Kelsey Grammer ... Agent Banks
Sean Bean ... Cowboy
Alejandra Aguilan Alejandra Aguilan ... Traveler
Jay Brothers ... Traveler
Sara Fouts Sara Fouts ... Traveler
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Storyline

Would be-Hollywood actor John Person always considered his bizarre neighbor Neely a conspiracy theory nut-case. Still he accepts a simple task to wipe out his over $27,000 debt: delivering a blue suitcase to some Cowboy at Baker, in the empty desert. The place proves a nest of weirdos, including extremely jealous Randy and his girl Ruthie, who seduces John. He learns Neely was murdered, and FBI agent Banks grills him as prime suspect. Yet the weirdest is still to come once Cowboy turns up. Written by KGF Vissers

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Cowboys. Aliens. Blue suitcases and bowling balls. Strange things are happening out in the middle of nowhere. See more »


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Rated R for language and some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran destino See more »

Filming Locations:

Baker, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Arne's Royal Hawaiian Motel, where John Person resides for most of the movie, is a real business; or at least was at the time of filming in 2003. In 2009 it was officially closed. As of 2018 it is abandoned, but still standing, with it's original signs. The area still holds the sparse, lonely, western ambiance and cinematography that contributed so much to the film. See more »

Goofs

Just before Cowboy finally opens the bowling bag, the zipper is halfway up the right side. John was warned not to open the bag and was terrified by the potential consequences; he didn't open the bag at any point and certainly wouldn't have allowed it to remain partially open. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Grace: [answers the door in her robe]
John Person: Hi. Oh, Grace, I'm sorry. I thought I heard you moving around in there. Um, listen, I can't decide.
Grace: Did you hear - about the callback?
John Person: No, not yet. I've got some new head shots.
Grace: What happened to your furniture?
John Person: I had to sell it all.
Grace: Even Your bed?
John Person: Yeah. I'm not gonna need it.
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Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN
Written by Jerry West & Leslie Johnson
Performed by Lazy Lester
Courtesy of Antone's Records
By Arrangement with Texas Music Group
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Lame
22 April 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Big Empty" is not only the title of this movie, it's also an apt description of it. Telling of a struggling actor who runs an errand to a desert town in California for some paranormal weirdo only to become embroiled in a bunch of nonsense which goes no where, this lame comedy is packed with some quality acting talent from the B-list and little else. Cost cutting is evident everywhere and the novelty in this quirkfest's screenplay wears thin at the mid-point only to sink into oblivion as the end draws near. Not worth the price of a DVD rental this darkish comedy with sci-fi overtones is best saved for broadcast where it will be in the company of its kindred. (C)


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