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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Margaret Keane
... Walter Keane
... Dick Nolan
... Dee-Ann
... Ruben
... John Canaday
... Enrico Banducci
... Young Jane
... Older Jane
... Judge
... Lily
... Dino Olivetti
... Olivetti Girl
... 2nd Olivetti Girl (as Emily Bruhn)
Brent Chapman ... Factory Boss


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She created it. He sold it. And they bought it. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Velike oči  »


Box Office


$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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1.85 : 1
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The hungry i was one of San Francisco's most influential nightclubs in the 1950s. Originally located at 599 Jackson Street, the owner closed it in the mid 1960s due to declining revenue. A topless club on Broadway bought the rights to the name. See more »


At the jazz club, the owner says, "Give it up for..." That expression originated in 1990. See more »


[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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In My Room
Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher
Performed by Julian Coryell and Storm Gardner
Produced by Deron Johnson
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company
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The Eyes Are The Windows Of The Soul?? - Yeah? Says Who??
18 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Of the many "Tim Burton" films that I've seen over the years - To date, "Big Eyes" has got to be the stinkiest one of them all. In my opinion - This utter piece of bio-junk was strictly bottom of the barrel entertainment.

Without question, "Big Eyes" was one of the worst examples of big-budget ($10 million), Hollywood storytelling in recent years. This film's subject matter was literally milked completely dry.

I mean, Big Eyes' tale could've easily been wrapped up in about 60 minutes, instead of a tedious 106. Like, talk about flogging a dead horse.

And, as far as its 2 principal actors go -

Amy Adams (?) - Yet another one-dimensional, Nicole Kidman-type who was awful-awful-awful. I swear that I could literally see this woman thinking through her dialogue before she actually spoke it.

Christoph Waltz (?) - From start to finish, a talentless and total scenery chewer. This guy's gutless, over-the-top portrayal of Walter Keane made me absolutely cringe.

Anyway - As far as I'm concerned - It's two big, black eyes for "Big Eyes" - (Boo! Hiss! to Tim Burton)

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