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Big Picture

Director(s): Christopher Guest

Theatrical Release: 1989

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre(s): Comedy

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 95m.

Another "get even with Hollywood" satire in the tradition of SOB and Movers and Shakers, The Big Picture deserved a better distribution than it received. 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. Essentially an elongated inside joke (complete with un-billed celebrity cameos), The Big Picture might play better with an audience of Hollywoodites than with a "civilian" crowd. Hal Erickson (allmovie.com)
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