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Bigger Than the Sky (2005)

Marcus Thomas , Amy Smart , Al Corley  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marcus Thomas, Amy Smart, John Corbett, Sean Astin, Clare Higgins
  • Directors: Al Corley
  • Writers: Rodney Patrick Vaccaro
  • Producers: Bart Rosenblatt, Craig Borden, David Arquette, Jonathan Dana, Kim Olsen
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0008ENFWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bigger Than the Sky" on IMDb

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A "charismatic" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) John Corbett ("Sex and the City") stars as a talented but immature actor who is forced to grow up when he finds he has a new rival...in romance. Amy Smart (Varsity Blues), Sean Astin (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker) co-star in this feel-good story of self-discovery. Mike (Corbett) only wants to perform in great productions. So when a clueless amateur (Marcus Thomas) is given the lead in Cyrano de Bergerac, Mike decides he must personally train him. But when real life begins to mimic the play's love triangle and his protégé falls for the girl Mike loves but can't commit to (Smart), suddenly it's Mike's turn to learn - not how to act, but how to live.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "There is no 'I' in me..." July 10, 2005
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BIGGER THAN THE SKY has the feel of an Indie that was made out of a lot of love and commitment from all concerned. That's a good thing, but at the beginning of this little film the viewer questions whether or not the actors can make the story fly - and if you actually want to take the trip with them. But stick it out because a sound film well made rewards the hesitation. It is a 'little man finds his way' tale that makes good sense and provides good entertainment.

Peter Rooker (Marcus Thomas) is in a depressed slump after his girlfriend has dumped him. He is a 'cellophane man' computer artist, living the solitary life, noticed by no one, longing for a feeling of belonging. The place is Portland, Oregon. Peter notes the posting of auditions for a Portland Community Theater production of 'Cyrano de Bergerac' and slowly decides to attempt a moment of belonging by auditioning for the play: if he could just land a small part at least he'd belong.

At the auditions he meets the warmly friendly theatrical group: Michael (John Corbett) who is a fine actor with no sense of future, Grace (Amy Smart) a pretty young sprite and competent trouper, director Edwina (Clare Higgins) who is a true theater person preferring to unmask the real Cyrano rather than hide him behind the infamous nose, sassy costumer Mrs. Keene (Patty Duke), and theater founder and advisor Kippy (Alan Corduner) who has retired from the theater due to his progressive cancer.

To everyone's surprise, especially Peter's, Peter lands the title role of Cyrano while Michael becomes Christian and Grace becomes Roxanne.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Bigger Than The Sky" is a small, relatively inconsequential film about a regular guy discovering himself in the community theater milieu. A slight comedy, a slight romance, and an even slighter drama--this film is almost too nice for its own good. But with some colorful performances, this pleasant little endeavor seems to be a labor of love for those involved. And it's in this spirit that you actually get caught up in this "Sky."

There is a real innocence, a sweetness almost, about "Bigger than The Sky." Portland, as portrayed here, has a small town quaintness that I question. Marcus Thomas, in the lead, layers on the "aw-shucks" earnestness a bit much for my taste--but overall turns in a competent performance. I'd have preferred more texture in his character, though, I don't feel that we see too much beyond the surface. He needed to be developed a little further to create more of an impact with this tale. We never hear his backstory or learn anything about his broken relationship that triggers this radical new life. He even, at one point, leaves his job--but it's never mentioned again and I was interested in the repercussions to this.

The other cast members are appealing. John Corbett is playful and interesting as Portland's premiere community theater actor. Amy Smart, often better than she is given credit for, is a realistic romantic interest for both guys. Patty Duke, Claire Higgins, and Alan Corduner are all believable and add much charm to the story. Only Sean Astin seems out of place. In a blustery performance (I get it, he is insufferable), toning things down would have enhanced the film immeasurably.

Overall, "Bigger" was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it as is--but with some tweaking, it could have been quite a treat.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Do you love "Cyrano De Bergerac"? Are you a fan of community theatre? Has your life been a little dull lately? Then you might want to check out this little movie about a man whose job, love life and personality are dull and uninteresting, until, on a whim, he tries out for a community theatre production of "Cyrano", and through a strange turn of events, ends up as the lead, beating out the much more obvious choice of the character played by John Corbett. What follows are a lot of small bits that slowly add up to a whole: a shy, dull man being urged to let his true nature out; an actress being pursued by the same quiet man and the wilder actor she used to date; the previous director of the theatre, and his passionate attitude towards life and death; a very strange pair of twin sisters, both played by Patty Duke (!), who couldn't be more different; a flamboyant, hammy actor played by Sean Astin (coincidentally, Patty Duke's son); and the whole threadbare but sincere passion for acting that infuses the whole company. It's slow going for a bit - after all, the main character starts out as dull as dishwater, but he has to, for his character arc to work. I found it had a sweet, offbeat charm, though. If you're into independent movies, give this one a try.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic September 19, 2005
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Actor Al Corley directed this film about community theatre. Corley produced "Drowning Mona" with Bette Midler & Danny DeVito. Marcus Thomas who stars here as Peter Rooker played Midler's son in that film. Even though Thomas has acted in other films such as the street hustler in "Noel" with Susan Sarandon, his inexperience is SO convincing that you fully expect this to be his first film. The community theatre is producing "Cyrano de Bergerac" and the director Edwina wants to get to the "inner Cyrano" and decides to produce it without a nose. Edwina is played by Clare Higgins who starred in a couple horror flicks in the 80s ("Hellraiser" & "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2") as well as in "Stage Beauties" with Billy Crudup. She believes in Rooker until his inexperience seems to make him unable to produce a good performance. John Corbett who shined in TV's "Northern Exposure" and as the romantic lead in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" plays Michael, the semi-professional local theatre star whose Bohemian lifestyle leaves him living for the theatre. Amy Smart who shined in "Scotland PA," the tragicomedy adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and also played with Ashton Kutcher in "Butterfly Effect" and with Owen Wilson & Ben Stiller in "Starsky & Hutch" does a great job as the local ingenue Grace who plays Roxanne in the local Cyrano production. Both Michael & Peter fall for Grace and vie for her affections. Michael lives with the former artistic director of the theatre named Kippy who now is dying of cancer. Kippy is played by Alan Corduner who was in "DeLovely" & "Vera Drake" in 2004 and seems to have pearls of wisdom before he dies. His memorial where his ashes are scattered in the theatre is an unusual moment. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece and Classic
In my humble opinion, Cyrano de Bergerac is the best play ever written. Anything a person may desire in a story can be found in this masterpiece. Read more
Published 1 month ago by carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy
This is an absolutely wonderfully played movie. You won't know anyone who has ever seen this movie but after you watch it, you won't know why.
Published 4 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film!
I highly recommend this film; in particular, to anyone who has participated in community theater!

It beautifully sums up the personal growth, appreciation of great... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan Haydon
4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
I liked it so much I bought it for a distant family member and had it shipped to her asap
Published 14 months ago by merle a finch
4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treasure
This modest film was an unexpectedly moving and well crafted surprise. Colorful without being self consciously so, the troupe (with the exception of one particularly narcissistic... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Carolina Dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Good show, Kippy
I had no expectations about this movie and ended up totally falling in love with it. Each actor played his/her role to perfection!

Good show, Kippy!!
Published 17 months ago by Speechless
5.0 out of 5 stars This is about so much more than it promises
I don't know why the film is titled as it is, or why the description summary of the film is so lacking; the only thing I do know for sure is that this film is so much greater than... Read more
Published 18 months ago by PZio
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Enjoyable Film !
Theatre is really fabulous in this great film ! All performers are interesting in their roles. My personal favorite is the talented Patty Duke in two roles ! Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by K. Nolting
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Community Theater
This is a decent flick about community theater that is a little more down to earth than Waiting for Guffman. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Gabe in Nash
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what theater is like !
If you have never experienced community theater, this show is excellent to watch. Or if you have acting experience this show is also a must see. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by DennisK
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