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The Big Picture (1989)



Critic Consensus: The Big Picture aims at targets that might not be familiar to viewers who aren't well-versed in movie-biz chicanery, but hits most of them so solidly that laughter is the only option.

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A young director fresh out of film school attempts to maintain his integrity in the face of the pressures and temptations of Hollywood in this appealing satire. The film's presentation of the director's subsequent journey through the film industry wringer is peppered with clever film parodies and celebrity cameos.

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Kevin Bacon
as Nick Chapman
Martin Short
as Neil Sussman - Nick's Agent (uncredited)
Emily Longstreth
as Susan Rawlings
J.T. Walsh
as Allen Habel
Teri Hatcher
as Gretchen
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Lydia Johnson
Michael McKean
as Emmett Sumner
Kim Miyori
as Jenny Sumner
Daniel Schneider
as Jonathan Tristan-Bennet
Jason Gould
as Carl Manknik
Tracy Brooks Swope
as Lori Pressman
Don Franklin
as Todd Marvin
Fran Drescher
as Polo Habel
Suzy Cote
as Mindy Habel
June Lockhart
as Janet Kingsley
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Chapman
Grant Owens
as Mr. Chapman
Welsey Pfenning
as Woman in Cabin
Dan Schneider
as Jonathan/Tristan-Bennet
Robert Bauer
as Wounded Soldier
Vladimir Skomarovsky
as Man in Nick's Movie
Holly Fields
as Daughter
Yvonne Peattie
as Mrs. Feldzar
Stan Ivar
as Charlie
Nancy Valen
as Young Sharon
Wesley Pfenning
as Woman in Cabin
Walter Olkewicz
as Babe Ruth
John Cleese
as Bartender
Bruce Kirby
as Businessman
Richard Belzer
as Video Show Host
Tom Maier
as Building Manager
Scott Williamson
as Restaurant Manager
Victor Steinbach
as Andres Vargiak
Arlene Lorre
as Cleopatra
George Rogan
as Security Guard/Nazi
Perla Walter
as Housekeeper
Michael Miller
as PEZ People
Lulie Newcomb
as Receptionist
Patty Horweth
as Woman with Fridge
Matthew Eichler
as Piano Player
Elliott Gould
as Attorney
Michael Jocum
as PEZ People Member
Tim Landers
as PEZ People Member
Martin Lund
as PEZ People Member
Suzee Slater
as Stewardess
Mike Miller
as PEZ People Member
Novi Novog
as PEZ People Member
Valen Watson
as Woman in Restaurant
Jennifer Karr
as Woman in Restaurant
Sue-Ann Leeds
as Woman in Restaurant
Buddy Garion
as Man in Restaurant
Jim Pollack
as Man in Restaurant
Beth Chamberlain
as Stewardess
Britta Wilson
as Stewardess
Suzanne M. Elater
as Sterwardess
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Critic Reviews for The Big Picture

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

[A] hilariously canny 1989 satire about contemporary filmmaking in Hollywood.

February 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes.

March 11, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Very slight, but it hits most of its Hollywood targets with a certain degree of savvy.

November 20, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

A consistently genial, intermittently funny send-up of the current Hollywood scene as demonstrated by the rise and fall of an award-winning film student.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

You keep rooting for this Hollywood sendup to make it, even as the bad ideas start gaining on the good.

May 12, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Picture


Kind of like the Player and The Scret Life of Walter Mitty, but not nearly as good as either.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


This was a good flick but there were elements introduced in the beginning of the movie that fell away. All of the actors did fine jobs but the movie was a little predictable. It was fun for the person who is familiar with how Hollywood works. One funny thing... it seemed that every character in the movie who smoke was played by someone who obviously didn't.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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Leo L
Leo L

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