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Big Fan (2009)

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.


Robert Siegel (as Robert D. Siegel)


Robert Siegel (as Robert D. Siegel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patton Oswalt ... Paul Aufiero
Kevin Corrigan ... Sal
Michael Rapaport ... Philadelphia Phil
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Paul's Mom
Serafina Fiore ... Gina Aufiero
Gino Cafarelli ... Jeff Aufiero
Jonathan Hamm Jonathan Hamm ... Quantrell Bishop
Matt Servitto ... Detective Velardi
Joe Garden Joe Garden ... Dennis
Polly Humphreys ... Christine
Scott Ferrall ... Sports Dogg
Sidné Anderson ... Hospital Doctor (as Sidne Anderson)
Julian Lane Julian Lane ... Birthday Boy
Caroline Gallo Caroline Gallo ... Gina and Jeff Daughter
Maya Louise Dispenza Maya Louise Dispenza ... Christine and Dennis Daughter


Paul Aufiero, a hardcore New York Giants football fan, struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Written by Big Fan Productions, Inc.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Robert Siegel Project See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,266, 30 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$234,422, 21 March 2010
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Robert Siegel has said that between takes in the strip club, while other members of cast and crew were enjoying the company of dancers, actor Patton Oswalt was watching episodes of John Adams (2008) on his iPod in a private room. See more »


When Paul is sitting in his booth reading the newspaper, the article says that it is not known if Quantrell Bishop "will travel with the team Saturday when it heads to Carolina for the key showdown, which has strong playoff implications." At the same time Paul is reading the paper, he is also listening to sports talk radio. The announcer states that breaking news has been received that "... Quantrell Bishop will not be eligible to play in this Sunday's key showdown in Dallas...". See more »


Paul Aufiero: It's gonna be a great year!
[final line]
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.8 (2014) See more »


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Written by Alex Harvey and Larry Collins
Performed by Helen Reddy
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Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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a profound and thoroughly remarkable character study marked by a magnetic performance of Patton Oswalt
25 March 2010 | by manicman84See all my reviews

Big Fan stands as a profound and thoroughly remarkable character study marked by a magnetic performance of Patton Oswalt. He excels as Paul Aufiero, a life-long fan of New York Giants being brutally hit by one of Giants' top players in a strip club. Oswalt is equally sympathetic and believable starring as this deeply troubled character. His performance is the chief, but thankfully not the only reason to see Big Fan. Writer-director Robert Siegel regards the sports fanaticism as an addiction and that gives his film the necessary gravitas: its power and its credibility. The script is devoid of clichés with many well-observed situations thrown in and several ingenious twists you won't see coming. As a result, you observe Paul falling into decay with great anxiety combined with care. Siegel crafts a subversive comedy, funny and bleak in equal measures. It also works as a peculiar take on the pathology of sports mania.

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