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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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

When Margaret reveals on the radio that she painted the "Big Eyes" paintings, the sign outside the radio station states a frequency of 905.1 AM. AM radio stations don't use fractional frequencies; the station should be something like 905 AM. 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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Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015) See more »

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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Not typical Tim Burton, still a nice drama that's fun and it inspires with love, and finding artistic discovery.
1 January 2015 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Tim Burton and with his latest "Big Eyes" it clearly is not typical Tim Burton it's more of a serious tone and manner it's different from comic book tales and animation of the dark senses and world of Tim. This film is actually a true take on the life and times of female painter Margaret Keane as it's a true tale of discovery, fate and getting to know your world thru the eyes of art. Set in the 1950's California Margaret Keane(Amy Adams)is a single mother who decides to set out on her own as her talents of the brush and drawing is her only hope to earn her bucks for her and her daughter. Upon meeting Walter(Christoph Waltz)a sharp and arrogant know it all showman type, it's under the spell that Margaret soon becomes Mrs. Keane. And success and fame and public notice comes from the couples paintings only the Mr. takes all the credit! This film becomes a legal dispute as who is claiming the work is in question yet you as the viewer know who's best at the brush! Overall nice little sentimental film from Tim it's different yet that's what makes a director and a film work that's a different take that appeals to the big eyes of viewers!


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