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The Big Picture

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Time Out says

Actor-turned-director Guest presents a comic cautionary tale about a young film school graduate (Bacon) seduced into the compromises necessary to make his first big picture - a snowbound country-house drama that almost ends up as a teen comedy called 'Beach Nuts'. Bacon is engagingly naive as the starstruck director whose artistic pretensions are whittled away by a slimy studio exec (Walsh). He also becomes increasingly estranged from homely girlfriend (Longstreth) and best pal cinematographer (McKean), and carnal temptation comes in the heavenly form of a TV starlet (Hatcher) who sees him as a ticket to big screen fame. The movie references may strike some as in-jokey, but Guest's likeable film has enough jaundiced sideswipes and lighter chuckles to see it through its slacker spells. Even so, an increasing sense of bittiness creeps in, emphasised by a series of cameos: loopy Jennifer Jason Leigh, an Irish John Cleese, judge Roddy McDowall, and spaced-out agent Martin Short (whose contribution alone is worth the price of admission).
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Release Details

  • Duration:101 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Christopher Guest
  • Screenwriter:Michael Varhol, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean
  • Cast:
    • Kevin Bacon
    • Emily Longstreth
    • JT Walsh
    • Jennifer Jason Leigh
    • Martin Short
    • Michael McKean
    • Kim Miyori
    • Teri Hatcher
    • Tracy Brooks Swope
    • Elliott Gould
    • Roddy McDowall
    • John Cleese
    • Eddie Albert
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