The Big Picture

Overview

Another "get even with Hollywood" satire in the tradition of SOB and Movers and Shakers, The Big Picture is an elongated inside joke complete with un-billed celebrity cameos. In this first feature-film directorial effort by actor/writer Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon plays a "boy wonder" director whose willingness to compromise his ideals allows him to keep afloat in Tinseltown. Bacon's corruption begins when his first Hollywood project, a black-and-white experimental film about an over-40 menage a trois, is ...
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Overview

Another "get even with Hollywood" satire in the tradition of SOB and Movers and Shakers, The Big Picture is an elongated inside joke complete with un-billed celebrity cameos. In this first feature-film directorial effort by actor/writer Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon plays a "boy wonder" director whose willingness to compromise his ideals allows him to keep afloat in Tinseltown. Bacon's corruption begins when his first Hollywood project, a black-and-white experimental film about an over-40 menage a trois, is distorted beyond recognition into a color, big-budget "youth trip." Bacon hasn't really sold out; he's merely waiting to accrue enough industry clout to strike back at the Philistines in charge.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An intermittently hilarious look at the travails of getting a film produced in Hollywood, this pleasant satire by first-time director/Spinal Tap-alumnus Christopher Guest is slight, but manages to carry through on its good humor and savvy wit. Kevin Bacon is a perfect everyman choice for the lead role and makes the labors of student filmmaking believable to its core audience (disgruntled filmmaker hopefuls). Like This is Spinal Tap (which starred Guest and co-writer Michael McKean), The Big Picture features a parade of cameo appearances, many of them exceedingly well cast, particularly Jennifer Jason Leigh's robust comic turn and Martin Short's highly amusing, unbilled walk-on as an agent. Robert Altman later polished this concept in his remarkable 1992 feature The Player, but Guest's film hits the mark more often than not and has a sweeter aftertaste.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2015
  • UPC: 683904538864
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mill Creek Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,764

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Nick Chapman
Emily Longstreth Susan Rawlings
J.T. Walsh Allen Habel
Jennifer Jason Leigh Lydia Johnson
Michael McKean Emmett Sumner
Kim Miyori Jenny Sumner
Teri Hatcher Gretchen
Jason Gould Carl Manknik
Don Franklin Todd Marvin
Fran Drescher Polo Habel
Stephen Collins Attorney
Roddy McDowall Judge
Elliott Gould Lawyer (uncredited)
Patty Horweth Woman with Fridge
Welsey Pfenning Woman in Cabin
Dan Schneider Jonathan/Tristan-Bennet
Tracy Brooks Swope Lori Pressman
Gary Kroeger Mark
Alice Hirson Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens Mr. Chapman
Suzy Cote Mindy Habel
Robert Bauer Wounded Soldier
Vladimir Skomarovsky Man in Nick's Movie
C.W. Hemingway Joey
Holly Fields Daughter
Yvonne Peattie Mrs. Feldzar
Stan Ivar Charlie
David Hayward George
Caitlin Clarke Sharon
Nancy Valen Young Sharon
Richard Blake Abe Lincoln
Walter Olkewicz Babe Ruth
Richard Belzer Video Show Host
Tom Maier Building Manager
Tim Landers PEZ People
Martin Lund PEZ People
Michael Miller PEZ People
Jennifer Karr Woman in Restaurant
Buddy Garion Man in Restaurant
Scott Williamson Restaurant Manager
Victor Steinbach Andres Vargiak
Arlene Lorre Cleopatra
George Rogan Security Guard/Nazi
Perla Walter Housekeeper
Pamela Morris Cheryl
Lulie Newcomb Receptionist
Suzee Slater Stewardess
Brad Zutaut Surfer
Matthew Eichler Piano Player
Nadine Lenore Patterson Twin
Scott Coffey Waiter
Bruce Kirby Businessman
Technical Credits
Christopher Guest Director, Screenwriter
Richard Gilbert Abramson Executive Producer
Nina Axelrod Casting
Gary P. D'Amico Special Effects
Joseph T. Garrity Production Designer
Jeff Jur Cinematographer
Jerie Kelter Set Decoration/Design
William E. McEuen Executive Producer
Michael McKean Screenwriter
Martin W. Nicholson Editor
David Nichtern Score Composer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Luke Rothschild Associate Producer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director
Michael Varhol Producer, Screenwriter
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Big Picture
1. Chapter 1 [12:58]
2. Chapter 2 [12:46]
3. Chapter 3 [12:28]
4. Chapter 4 [12:14]
5. Chapter 5 [12:22]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [13:19]
8. Chapter 8 [15:21]
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Disc #1 -- The Big Picture
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