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The Big Picture

DVD cover
Directed by Christopher Guest
Produced by Michael Varhol
Richard Gilbert Abramson
Written by Christopher Guest
Michael Varhol
Michael McKean
Starring Kevin Bacon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) September 15, 1989
Running time 100 min.
Country U.S.
Language English

The Big Picture is a 1989 movie starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Christopher Guest.



In a fictionalized version of Tinseltown itself, Nick Chapman is an up and coming film director hot off the win of a student academy award for his short film. No sooner does the award bring him into the limelight when it captures the attention of a movie executive (J.T. Walsh) who offers Nick a deal to make his dream picture: a character-driven drama taking place in a cabin during the winter season. Everything seems all well and good to Nick, who's also got a good girlfriend (Emily Longstreth) by his side and his best friend (Michael McKean) always there to lend a hand. But when Nick sees his vision corrupted, his deal just disappearing into thin air because of corporate changes and a seduction to the Hollywood lifestyle, Nick might be changing on his friends and family. It doesn't really help when he's got a smarmy agent (Martin Short) whose promise seems empty, a starlet (Teri Hatcher) playing with his mind and the grim reminder that all of his much less-talented and much more self-satisfied classmates are working successfully in Hollywood, Nick is finally getting a chance to look at the big picture at hand. Jennifer Jason Leigh also stars in the film as a kooky but loyal friend and classmate of Nick's, who ultimately proves to be a career savior.



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