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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

Writer:

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

In an interview, Jon Favreau said that when he read the script for The Big Empty, he was fascinated by its structure, as he didn't see where it was all going in the end. See more »

Goofs

While John is trying to open the suitcase, the umbrella on the ground changes direction. 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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Referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

SILVER PIECES
Written by Jon Gries & Jed Ojeda
Performed by Carnival Dogs
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Frustrating
16 January 2009 | by kvnmsmthSee all my reviews

First time director Steve Anderson cobbled together a movie that makes little sense and frustrates more than it entertains. Meant to be the wacky story of an average Joe - Jon Favreau's John Person - trapped in an off-kilter small town of weird folks, The Big Empty is a confusing tale of a boring actor who needs to pay some bills.

The Big Empty has some interesting characters and situations but the problem is the main character, Person. Faced with the bizarre or dangerous, most people would react with fight or flight. What does Person do? Not much of anything; for the most part he seems non-plussed. So we are left with off-beat characters interacting with someone who doesn't respond to their odd or violent behavior.

Add to this the poorly defined central female roles of Rachael Leigh Cook and Joey Lauren Adams. Cook's teenage Ruthie changes her personality part way through the film like she's actually a pair of good/evil twins, and Adams' Grace is devoid of anything beyond a cute smile.

The fun that The Big Empty does bring to the screen comes from sexy bartender Daryl Hannah, screenwriter/cop Kelsey Grammar, loony neighbor Bud Cort, and nosy motel manager Joe Gries.


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