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Bigger Than the Sky (2005)

After being dumped by his girlfriend, a man stuck in a deadend life decides to audition for a small role in a local community theatre's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Despite having no ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Peter Rooker / Cyrano
... Michael Degan / Christian
... Grace Hargrove / Roxanne
... Ken Zorbell
... Edwina Walters
... Mrs. Keene / Earlene
... Kippy Newberg
... Kirk
... Steve
Brian Urspringer ... Scott
Kenny Jones ... Ted (as Kenneth Jones)
... Susan (as Orianna Herrman)
Pam Mahon ... Julie
Ernie Garrett ... Paul Fisher
Matt Salinger ... Mal Gunn
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After being dumped by his girlfriend, a man stuck in a deadend life decides to audition for a small role in a local community theatre's production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Despite having no experience as an actor, he lands the lead role, which wreaks havoc upon his life. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some language and sexual references | See all certifications »

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18 February 2005 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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$14,697, 20 February 2005, Limited Release

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$20,149, 27 February 2005
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Peter Rooker: Well, why WOULDN'T she leave? I mean look at me! I'm just dull. I have a dull job, a dull car, I never go out, and I have no friends. My girlfriend dumps me - who do I call to come over? My sister!
Peter's Sister: Well, what's wrong with that?
Peter Rooker: You don't pour your heart out to your sister. That's like taking your sister to the prom!
Peter's Sister: I had FUN at your prom!
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A Cheerful Romp Through Commnity Theater
25 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Bigger Piece of Sky" is a sweet little movie about why people do theater, specifically community theater as "let's put on a show"-ism in its purest form. It cheerfully embraces the clichés of theater folk to go beyond them to understand the people within.

Our entrée to their world is a sad sack who makes his way into the local troupe therapeutically to get out of his depressed lonely doldrums after being dumped by his girlfriend. The actor who plays him is a bit problematical, in that he really does seem like an amateur, particularly as he is surrounded by pro's John Corbett, Amy Smart and Sean Astin having a rollicking good time. It does seem like the editing has to create the illusion that he's rising to the occasion for the climax.

I've had a soft spot for Edmund Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" ever since I read it in high school, so I'm sympathetic to how it is used throughout the movie for its symbolism about panache, using another's words to express one own's inarticulate feelings, and the liberation of pretending to be someone else. The theme is also exuberantly updated to role-playing games as another outlet when even the stage isn't enough.

It was refreshing that a character who is ill doesn't seem to have the usual movie star disease but actually shows some effect of the illness. While we only learn about the non-stage life of the central character, so we have no idea what the other participants do in their "real" lives, it is successful at demonstrating the truth behind the song that show people are the best people to know.

While the quote that is the source of the title goes by very quickly, the dialog has cheerful good humor and gentle laughs and the plot turns enough not to be predictable.

The Portland locations are used very well, particularly of an old theater.

It is a cute joke that Patty Duke plays twins, which will lead to baby boomers in the audience humming a certain TV theme song on the way out.


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