Big Love - The Complete First Season

Big Love - The Complete First Season

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Director: Alan Poul, Alan Taylor, Charles McDougall

Cast: Alan Poul, Alan Taylor, Bill Paxton, Charles McDougall

     
 
Meet the Henricksons. They're the typical suburban American family, occupied with hectic schedules and bills to pay, as well as trying to make sense of an increasingly complicated world. Oh, and they also happen to be polygamists. In the first season of this unconventional, critically acclaimed drama, every day is a new adventure for patriarch Bill Henrickson (Bill

Overview

Meet the Henricksons. They're the typical suburban American family, occupied with hectic schedules and bills to pay, as well as trying to make sense of an increasingly complicated world. Oh, and they also happen to be polygamists. In the first season of this unconventional, critically acclaimed drama, every day is a new adventure for patriarch Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), who lives outside Salt Lake City with his three wives -- Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin) -- and their collective brood of seven children, including Bill and Barb's teenagers, Ben (Douglas Smith) and Sarah (Amanda Seyfried). Owner of a profitable home-improvement superstore, Bill is anxious to expand his empire (and support his growing family) by opening another Home Plus location with his business partner and fellow polygamist, Don Embry (Joel McKinnon Miller). However, an unwanted investor hoping to share in Bill's good fortune emerges: Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), the scheming "Prophet" of the remote Juniper Creek polygamist compound who is also Nicki's father. There's been bad blood between Bill and Roman ever since the former was expelled from Juniper Creek as an adolescent, largely by the latter's hand. Bill also clashes with Adaleen (Mary Kay Place), one of Roman's wives, and their power-hungry son and chief enforcer, Alby (Matt Ross). But Bill is not alone in this feud, as his father Frank (Bruce Dern), mother Lois (Grace Zabriskie) and brother Joey (Shawn Doyle) still live at Juniper Creek and identify, to varying degrees of familial allegiance, with Bill's enmity for Roman. On the home front, third wife Margene risks exposing the Henricksons' illicit lifestyle by befriending a Mormon neighbor; Nicki tries to hide a shopping addiction and the tens of thousands of dollars of credit-card debt that goes with it; and Barb tiptoes into the spotlight after one of her kids nominates her for Utah's Mother of the Year award.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
Bill Henrickson has it all: a blossoming hardware business, great kids, three houses…and three different, demanding wives. Bill Paxton stars in this typically on-the-edge HBO series about what it takes to be a practicing polygamist in modern America.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
UPC:
0026359332821
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
12:00:00
Sales rank:
38,131

Special Features

Two audio commentaries with Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Paxton Actor
Carlos Jacott Carl Martin
Keegan Holst Wayne Henrickson
Spencer Gray Raymond Henrickson
Garrett Gray Raymond Henrickson
Renee Albert JoJo
Tina Marjorino Heather Tuttle
Wendy Phillips Peg Embry
Annie Fitzgerald Verne
Garrett Greay Raymond Henrickson
John Lacy Security Company Guy
Jodie Markell Wendy Hunt
Judith Hoag Cindy
Kyle Gallner Jason Embry
Lyndsy Fonseca Donna
Matt Knudsen Del
Van Epperson Enthusiastic Home Plus Employee
Doan Ly Jordan
Jenny O'Hara Nita
Jim Abele Hotel Manager
Lee Garlington Grace, Advertising Agency Exec
Lynn Wanlass Sue Sue
Neil Hopkins Ken Byington, Governor's Aide
Peter Navy Tuiasosopo Tui/Security Guard
Stewart Skelton Pharmacist
Tom Kiesche Officer Chuck Tuttle

Technical Credits
Alan Poul Director
Alan Taylor Director
Charles McDougall Director
Julian Farino Director
Mary Harron Director
Michael Lehmann Director
Michael Spiller Director
Rodrigo García Director
Steven Shill Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Big Love: The Complete First Season
2. Work Day [9:20]
3. Stress [10:44]
4. Pajamas in Bed [4:07]
5. The Prophet [16:51]
6. Hospital [8:19]
7. A Pure Waste [5:57]
2. Betrayal [9:45]
3. Confidence [7:22]
4. You're Awake Now [7:43]
5. Cards [6:15]
6. The Old Man [9:33]
7. Savior [9:52]
Disc #2 -- Big Love: The Complete First Season
2. Escape [7:28]
3. History Lesson [6:55]
4. Alarm Bells [6:17]
5. Uninvited [12:16]
6. Whistle [4:30]
7. A Birthday Party [10:24]
2. Tension [7:05]
3. Daddy, Please [11:46]
4. Safe and Secure [9:39]
5. Innocent [5:54]
6. Equals [10:40]
7. Wolf [9:02]
2. Crossed Lines [8:17]
3. Home in the Afternoon [6:45]
4. Awkward Questions [5:12]
5. Dollhouse [7:03]
6. Shame on You [12:00]
7. Visitors [14:45]
Disc #3 -- Big Love: The Complete First Season
2. A Simple Request [5:41]
3. Business [9:50]
4. A Loving Father [11:08]
5. Poetry [4:38]
6. First Wife [8:41]
7. Doing Her Job [9:41]
2. A Vision [6:55]
3. The Dozers [6:47]
4. Someone's at the Door [7:26]
5. Dinner Guest [7:49]
6. Freak [9:54]
7. Perfect Family [14:13]
2. A Full House [7:14]
3. Gossip [6:51]
4. Three Times a Day [7:23]
5. Lawsuit [9:42]
6. Vile Old Man [7:46]
7. History [12:12]
Disc #4 -- Big Love: The Complete First Season
2. Debt Relief [5:07]
3. A Vote [7:47]
4. Hot Date [10:49]
5. A Little Rain [8:22]
6. Excommunication [7:26]
7. Omen [10:06]
2. Blood Sister [8:54]
3. Newborn [10:19]
4. Disaster [8:10]
5. Word of Warning [7:35]
6. No More Waiting [4:38]
7. In the Name of the Father [12:39]
Disc #5 -- Big Love: The Complete First Season
2. Traitor [9:33]
3. Betrayed [7:51]
4. Caught [6:17]
5. Trouble [7:28]
6. Peace [10:28]
7. Good News [11:14]
2. A Mother's Prayer [9:24]
3. The Boardroom [7:57]
4. We Have a Problem [6:42]
5. A New Woman [9:16]
6. Cruel Fate [7:18]
7. A Difficult Life [6:23]

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Big Love - The Complete First Season 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
dec0558 More than 1 year ago
As a Mormon (now a Reform Mormon, after having been a member of the LDS Church for 30 years) I LOVE this series. I have spent a great portion of my life living in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming--states where Mormons are the largest religious grouping, and this show captures the FULL SPECTRUM of Mormonism. Most people mistakenly think that the LDS Church in Salt Lake City is THE one and only Mormon Church--which it isn't. (The oldest Mormon denomination is smaller and headquartered in the Midwest.) Anyone who has ever lived in Utah knows that the culture there--for everyone (Mormon or not) BECAUSE Mormons make up over 80% of the population. BIG LOVE explores not only polygamy, but the diversity within Utah itself. But most importantly--and interestingly--it explores the full range of human emotion within a polygamous family. The acting is top notch...as is the writing but the Academy Award winning writer of the recent film "Milk." BIG LOVE will make you laugh, maybe even cringe a little, but also THINK.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show goes beyond the idea of polygamy. It doesn't present it in the best of lights, in fact it shows the downside as well. When following a day in the life of Bill (the main character played by Bill Paxton) you realize how many obligations he has to his family, work, society... it's not so easy. When I first started watching the show, I thought it was going to be one big sex fest. It's not like that at all. It gets into the aspects of their lifestyle/religious choices and how it affects them ALL: Him, his wives, the children, work, social lives and society. This man owns three houses, three building supply stores. He owes money to the "Prophet" who won't let him free (who happens to be his second wife's father! Imagine the friction there!) His first wife he nearly lost to cancer, His second wife has a spending problem... his third wife is the outcast among the other two. Then he's got this studly son who's confused about sex, a daughter that has no friends, and all the little rugrats in between. You wonder how he keeps it together. It's a great show about the human condition/ human error and moral choices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when I saw the show and saw this polygamist family treated with dignity and respect. It is an amazing show that lets a person see the ups and downs of this lifestyle, and there was a lot to be learned about the mormon faith in general. It's also very funny and a show you can sit and enjoy with friends.
BeckyF More than 1 year ago
We bought this for my Mom for Christmas, since she is into the show. She lent it to us, and it is entertaining enough.
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