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The Big Picture [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • 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: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: April 15, 1997
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301599659
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Christopher Guest cowrote and directed this solid spoof about the pitfalls of believing your own hype. Kevin Bacon plays a high-minded would-be filmmaker whose student movie wins a prestigious national award and an invitation to Hollywood. Before he knows it, he is being wined and dined by agents, producers, and studio executives, who treat him like the new Orson Welles--until he starts making his first studio movie. Then he becomes bait for the piranha-like bottom-liners, who teach him the unfortunate lesson that the flavor of the week often gets eaten alive. Watch for Martin Short as a hilariously feckless agent and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a surprisingly chipper film student, given her black-rimmed eyes and all-black wardrobe. --Marshall Fine

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2006
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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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By A Customer on November 12, 1999
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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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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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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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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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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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Too often overlooked and relegated as light satire, Christopher Guest's nuanced spoofing is in top form. No one gives less than a stellar and perceptive performance, so kudos to a well-chosen cast! Wacky fun from Jennifer Jason-Leigh and mannered & cool underplaying by Michael McKean complement Kevin Bacon's leading character and the character's trip down the Hollywood rabbit-hole and back to reality in the name of self-respect. Gary Kroeger's line "No music where?" underscores the prevailing narrow thought so antithetical to the type of movie Bacon strives to direct, and what was so prevalent in that era of film-making. So well-written for wit ,and a touch of Martin Short for the overt hi jinx.
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If you are a fan of Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show, For Your Consideration, etc) this is one of his first movies. It is also an early Kevin Bacon film, and you can see the versatility that has made him a big star over the years. Lots of fun cameos from some big actors and also stars (the late) JT Walsh, a great character actor who you will recognize the minute he hits the screen.

This is a silly, quirky movie and not ever going to be on anyone's top 100 list, but a fun rental if you want to kill a couple of hours.
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