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Big Eyes (2014)

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A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

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Tim Burton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Adams ... Margaret Keane
Christoph Waltz ... Walter Keane
Danny Huston ... Dick Nolan
Krysten Ritter ... Dee-Ann
Jason Schwartzman ... Ruben
Terence Stamp ... John Canaday
Jon Polito ... Enrico Banducci
Delaney Raye ... Young Jane
Madeleine Arthur ... Older Jane
James Saito ... Judge
Farryn VanHumbeck ... Lily
Guido Furlani ... Dino Olivetti
Elisabetta Fantone ... Olivetti Girl
Emily Maddison ... 2nd Olivetti Girl (as Emily Bruhn)
Brent Chapman Brent Chapman ... Factory Boss
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Storyline

In San Francisco in the 1950s, Margaret was a woman trying to make it on her own after leaving her husband with only her daughter and her paintings. She meets gregarious ladies' man and fellow painter Walter Keane in a park while she was struggling to make an impact with her drawings of children with big eyes. The two quickly become a pair with outgoing Walter selling their paintings and quiet Margaret holed up at home painting even more children with big eyes. But Walter's actually selling her paintings as his own. A clash of financial success and critical failure soon sends Margaret reeling in her life of lies. With Walter still living the high life, Margaret's going to have to try making it on her own again and re-claiming her name and her paintings. Written by Anne Campbell

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A true story about art and the art of deception. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

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English | French | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Velike oči See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,610,026, 2 January 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,479,776, 22 March 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,059,366, 3 February 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Amy Adams liked the script when it was offered to her, but she originally turned down the role of Margaret because the character lacked "a stronger sense of self". Working on American Hustle (2013) gave Adams a new perspective of the character, and the character's "quiet dignity" won her over. The relationship between the mother and the daughter spoke to her as well. See more »

Goofs

"Tomorrow Forever", the UNICEF painting Keane painted for the 1964 Worlds Fair, was never actually mounted in the Hall of Education. Robert Moses, who had control over everything that was included in the fair, hated it. Once New York Times critic Canady trashed it after seeing a photograph of it, Moses had it thrown into the garbage. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dick Nolan: [narrating] The '50s were a grand time, if you were a man. I'm Dick Nolan. I make things up for a living - I'm a reporter.
[Margaret frantically packing things]
Dick Nolan: It's the strangest goddamn story that I ever covered. It started the day that Margaret Ulbrich walked out on her suffocating husband, long before it became the fashionable thing to do.
Margaret Keane: Come on, Janie.
[they get into the car]
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Soundtracks

They Can't Take That Away from Me
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Doug Webb
Produced by Deron Johnson
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
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Big Eyes was a compelling film about the career of Margaret Keane and her hubby Walter's initial grabbing credit for her work
31 August 2015 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched this with Mom on a Netflix disc. We both were enthralled by this true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose defining feature is the big eyes of her subjects and hubby Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) who publicly takes credit for her work for years. It takes place from the late '50s through the '60s and partly seems a comment on how stifled Mrs. Keane felt not being the one getting recognition for her work and the crises that created between her and her husband, not to mention her daughter who was often the subject for the paintings. Tim Burton seems the right director for this film especially when he has Margaret dreaming or during the climatic courtroom scenes. The light and dark colors also contribute to the period atmosphere to pretty compelling effect. While I liked many of the supporting characters, I had to admit I was a bit disappointed by the one portrayed by Krysten Ritter as I half thought she'd play more in the way things turned out in the film than she did. Still, Big Eyes was mostly enjoyable enough the way it was told. P.S. I had also watched a vintage interview with the real Walter Keane on Merv Griffin on YouTube in which he seemed to flirt with a female guest there. (The cad!) Then I saw a couple of interviews on YT with the real Margaret Keane on Mike Douglas' shows-one in Hawaii and one with Shirley Temple whose child portrait Ms. Keane painted for her-and her Southern charm shone through immensely!


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