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The Big Picture (1989)

Kevin Bacon , Jennifer Jason Leigh , Christopher Guest  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Michael McKean
  • Directors: Christopher Guest
  • Writers: Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Michael Varhol
  • Producers: Michael Varhol, Richard Gilbert Abramson, Richard Luke Rothschild, Valen Watson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAWL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Big Picture" on IMDb

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Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studioexec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost?

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Skewed Comedy at It's Best November 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It's very hard to predict what movie a given person will like. Many people find this movie to be ho hum, at best. It's not conventional big release comedy, like The Addams Family, Mrs. Doubtfire, or Look Who's Talking. It's unselfconsciously odd in a very wonderful way. If you like movies such as Rushmore, The Princess Bride, 1000 Clowns, and Groundhog Day, I think I can guarantee that you will absolutely love this movie. It's my favorite comedy of all time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone was my friend then... September 8, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hollywood make them, then they break them -- stars can fall as fast as they rise. Sometimes they rise again, and sometimes they disappear.

And Christopher Guest casts a jaded eye on the fickle ups and downs of Hollywood in "The Big Picture," a quirky, cynical movie which focuses on what the successful should never let go of. It has a few awkward stretches, but overall it's a darkly witty cult comedy ("You're tracking failure all over my carpet!").

Nick Chapman (Kevin Bacon) is the winner at an arty student movie competition, and instantly agents are chasing him all over L.A. In no time, he's the Rising Young Director, with a movie deal at a major movie corporation. But he's also starting to lose sight of his old life, as he tries to become a major success.

He changes the style, plot and characters of his arty movie for demographics, turning it into a beach bums/naked ghost movie. He dumps his pretty girlfriend (Emily Longstreth) for a bimbo actress (Teri Hatcher). When the studio head gets dropped, Nick falls as quickly as he rose. But a chance encounter with an old pal gives him a second chance -- an arty music video. This time, can he get it right?

Christopher Guest is best known for his brilliant mockumentaries, tackling everything from small-town musicals to folk festivals. His forthcoming one is another one about showbiz. But his talents are just as present in a "typical" movie, and Guest does a smart, quirky job of it.

The lesson: Be true to yourself and your art, don't fall for empty glitz, and don't let success go to your head if you're lucky enough to get it.

The story is a pretty straightforward one -- Nick gets great success, it goes to his head, he falls, and he rises again a wiser man.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this film a few years after I worked for a very famous film company in Nothern California. This VERY humorous film is right on the mark about what it is like to work in the film industry! I laughed so hard my stomach hurt for hours after after the movie. If you are going to work in the "industry" as they say in the film world, see this humorous film to see what it is really like!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This satirical look at the world of hollywood.. July 9, 1999
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will keep you in stitches. As you follow Kevin Bacon's character through the topsy turvy world of Hollywood, you will learn to appreciate the crazy world of La La Land. Kevin Bacon proves once again to be a truly great actor. Things to look for include a small by FABULOUS spot by Fran Drescher (of The Nanny fame) and Teri Hatcher (of Lois & Clark fame) who plays a slutty actress sleeping her way to the top. You will be hysterical at Teri's huge hair! It's way bigger than the queen of queens' who coined the phrase "The bigger the hair, the smaller the hips look." Fran deserves a 5 min oscar for this role as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Riches September 3, 2000
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The quintessential movie about the business for our generation, in which a good-hearted Kevin Bacon wins his film school's student competition, momentarily thrusting him into the spotlight, as well as the sights of Hollywood's bigwigs, and hence onto the road to artistic ruin. Superior writing, and exceptional performances from the entire cast, especially Martin Short as Bacon's completely over-the-top agent, highlight this gem directed by Christopher Guest and featuring Michael McKean, both of Spinal Tap.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better everytime I watch September 20, 2006
By Spider
I just love this movie, but it may not be for all, since it is a very specific type of humor. Don't expect "Best in Show" or "Waiting for Gufman," because this is not a mockumentary, but rather a really funny movie about the ups and downs in Hollywood. And may I add, very on point. I just love it more and more...and wish Guest would direct another one this funny.

In love with both Emily Longstreth and Teri hatcher. I can't pcik which one, so I'll choose both!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing, but... January 20, 2006
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A long, long time ago I caught the second half of Kevin Bacon's "She's Having A Baby" on TV and was intrigued. Because I didn't catch the title and failed to pay close enough attention to the outline when I finally got around to searching for the "Kevin Bacon" movie I vaguely remembered I mistakenly purchased "The Big Picture." So much for my credibility.

That was more than a year ago and now that I've finally watched The Big Picture I'm happy that I made the mistake. At the same time I continually found myself as disappointed as I was amused and entertained. I happen to be a big fan or not only Keven Bacon, but Christopher Guest and Teri Hatcher and found myself expecting more and/or better. It's possible that the heavy-handed direction that works so well for Mr. Guest in mockumentaries like Spinal Tap and Best in Show just doesn't cut it in a film that keeps flipping from comedy to spoof and back. Martin Short's performance is so over-the-top and so absurd that it plays more like a SNL skit that doesn't really belong and hurts the flow of the film every time he appears. I would have appreciated a lot more screen time for (hot, hot, hot) Terry Hatcher and a lot less Martin Short.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Carl E. Hymiller
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic Hollywood on Hollywood film with the right actor to carry it...
So once in a while, Hollywood produces a film that rather makes fun of itself. This is such the film and with a neat little cast of characters that pull off enough humor, cynicism... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Robert e. Lee jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
It is one of my all time favorite movies. Now I have it any time . Thanks just love it .
Published 6 months ago by Mark Darby
4.0 out of 5 stars not what i thought...
...but that's ok. i thought at first is was a doc film but it's not. and that was totally on me for not reading the info on the film. it worked out ok because it's a good film.
Published 7 months ago by gd
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Working in the business for 20 years, I'm a big fan of movies about the movie business. This is still one of my favorites.
Published 8 months ago by Brian Minzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars big picture
I love this movie and i am a fan of kevin bacon. I love how is attitude changes throughout the movie
Published 15 months ago by kevin russell
3.0 out of 5 stars Just because I'm a Kevin Bacon fan
I bought this because it was a great price and I'm a big Kevin Bacon fan. The movie is fast moving and well acted and has a fun plot if not taken seriously.
Published 17 months ago by AC500Driver
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie.
Really good movie. Seen it several times and it's always enjoyable to watch. Highly recommend this movie to one and all.
Published 21 months ago by Cpt Moses Scheinfeld
2.0 out of 5 stars Trying to capture the film student experience, and failing miserably
This film is sustained by cliches and presumptions that drive an unremarkable and unbelievable plot. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Classic
This little gem is overlooked in the repertoire of Christopher Guest films, like "Best in Show." Fun movie, especially for those who enjoy a [clean] satire on the foibles of... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Dave M
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