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Big Kahuna
     

The Big Kahuna

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Director: John Swanbeck

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli

 

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This film adaptation of the stage play Hospitality Suite comes to DVD in a bare-bones package. The image is a clear 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is closed-captioned. The only extra feature is a theatrical trailer. Due to the talky, stage-bound aspects of the film, this DVD might arguably be

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This film adaptation of the stage play Hospitality Suite comes to DVD in a bare-bones package. The image is a clear 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is closed-captioned. The only extra feature is a theatrical trailer. Due to the talky, stage-bound aspects of the film, this DVD might arguably be the best way to see this film. The intimate nature of the setting and the topics are conducive to a small-screen treatment.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A dynamic star turn by Kevin Spacey enlivens The Big Kahuna, a modest, character-driven drama that makes incisive comments on the take-no-prisoners mentality that dominates much of American business today. Roger Rueff's script, adapted from his own play, focuses on three sales representatives who've opened a hospitality suite at the hotel playing host to a convention of manufacturers. Mercurial, fast-talking Larry Mann (Spacey) and melancholy, disillusioned Phil Cooper (Danny DeVito) are desperate to land a big account, but inexperienced newcomer Rob Walker (Peter Facinelli) is the only one who's actually met the executive they need to sign, and he'd rather talk religion than business. As directed by theatrical veteran John Swanback, The Big Kahuna echoes such classic dramas as Glengarry Glen Ross and Death of a Salesman, stripping from its characters the veneer of careerist hucksterism to peer at the wounded, vulnerable souls beneath. Devoid of mechanical plot contrivances, it's a quietly powerful film that will haunt viewers long after the end credits have rolled.
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
John Swanbeck's film adaptation of Roger Rueff's play Hospitality Suite is a thoughtful, sharply written, and entertaining, if less than original, take on the conflicts of commerce and religion as played out by a trio of industrial lubricant salesmen. Intent on capturing a figure they've dubbed "The Big Kahuna" as a client, the cynical Larry (Kevin Spacey) and the battered, desperate Phil (Danny DeVito) try to impress the importance of their mission on innocent new guy Bob (Peter Facinelli), while schooling him in some of the less savory aspects of their trade. The script, which has overtones of Waiting for Godot, The Iceman Cometh, and Death of a Salesman, carries far less weight than those classics, and could probably best be described as Mamet "lite." Yet, as the humorous interplay of Spacey's dialogue with DeVito reveals the emptiness of their lives, the juxtaposition of each of them with the deeply religious Bob yields even greater moments of comic epiphany. As befits its stage origins, the film is mostly confined to one location, a hotel room, which only intensifies the drama. Spacey gives a sly, diabolical performance in a role he wears like a cashmere coat, and DeVito is wonderful as his hangdog foil. While not quite playing in this league, Peter Facinelli is able to hold his own in the pivotal role of Bob.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
UPC:
0031398833529
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
50,013

Special Features

Aspect ratio (1.78:1) 16:9 widescreen; English & spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Larry
Danny DeVito Phil
Peter Facinelli Bob

Technical Credits
John Swanbeck Director
Katherine Jane Bryant Costumes/Costume Designer
Peggy Davis Editor
Suzie Goudler Set Decoration/Design
Gerard Guez Executive Producer
Joanne Horowitz Co-producer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Bernie Morris Associate Producer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Rueff Screenwriter
Elie Samaha Producer
Amanda Slater Asst. Director
Kevin Spacey Producer
Andrew Stevens Producer
Frank White Art Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Joke [1:57]
2. Clocks & Mirrors [2:25]
3. Aesthetic Values [4:26]
4. Hospitality Suite [3:30]
5. Different Standards [2:33]
6. Principle [4:36]
7. Coat Rack [2:50]
8. Words Handed Down [2:52]
9. Don't Press [4:35]
10. Swim or Fly [3:34]
11. Expert on Sports [4:36]
12. Grand Kahuna [4:07]
13. Stories [2:09]
14. Opportunity [4:06]
15. Garner Interest [5:00]
16. Murder Suicide [5:27]
17. Fester [6:00]
18. Love [3:37]
19. Nature of Things [2:26]
20. Cozy Up [4:06]
21. Doing Business [3:20]
22. Character [4:36]
23. It Goes On [4:39]
24. End Credits [3:00]

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The Big Kahuna 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite its simple setting and short character list, The Big Kahuna is indeed a pleasant surprise. Kevin Spacey is at his best: candid, ruthless, and headstrong. Danny DeVito plays a sober counterpart to Spacey's derisive edginess. The youngster, Peter Facinelli, portrays Rob Walker, the pivotal character who sparks the others' attitudes and prejudices, leading to the ''deep'' conversations that ultimately carry the film. In a sentence, watching The Big Kahuna is like sitting in the front row of an intimate theatre, witnessing a milestone production.
Guest More than 1 year ago
takes place mostly in a hotel room and some pretty good dialogue. this is about 3 guys and trying to make a deal with an important person and sends one of their own and awaits for his return and the other 2 talks about stuff from life and etc. spacey was hilarious, devito was awesome and facinelli was quite good and not only looked but sounded a little like tom cruise. recommend the film.