The Big Picture

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Released 1989

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Director:
Christopher Guest
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13
The Big Picture is a 1989 romantic-comedy, by director Christopher Guest. In the film, Nick Chapman (Kevin Bacon) is a rising Hollywood film director with a student academy award freshly under his belt for his short film. Nick is sure that he can take on the world. So when a powerful movie executive, Allen Habel (J. T. Walsh), offers Nick the chance to make his dream movie, a character-driven drama set in a winter-time cabin, he jumps at the opportunity. Soon Nick falls victim to the blinding glare of Hollywood glamour and starts changing himself, much to the dismay of his girlfriend, Susan Rawlings (Emily Longstreth), his best friend, Emmet Sumner (Michael McKean), and his family. But Hollywood whims corrupt his vision and then corporate changes make his deal just disappear into thin air. He is left with nothing—can he still save his career? The Big Picture is a movie about how high one can climb, how low one can fall, and what really matters.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    One of the smartest and funniest films of the year, at least for those who care about its subject. Every regular filmgoer should. Through the story of a talented but naive film sch...

  • 63

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    When Short is onscreen, a movie that provides only fitful laughter bubbles over into bliss.

  • 63

    Miami Herald

    If you're a movie buff, The Big Picture will be hilarious. If you're not, it should be revealing. [01 Dec 1989, p.G8]

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