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Big Time (1988)

Big Time





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You've seen gravelly-voice actor/singer Tom Waits in meaty dramatic roles in such films as The Fisher King (1989), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). And you've heard his compositions on the soundtracks of films like Divine Madness (1980), Wolfen (1981) and Let's Get Lost (1988). The 1988 documentary Big Time combines the vocal and visual Tom Waits, endeavoring to juxtapose glimpses of Waits in concert with staged dramatic scenes, allegedly inspired by his songs. Waits himself assumes several wacky characterizations during the fictional sequences. The "real" scenes in Big Time were filmed during a Waits concert at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theatre.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits, Chris Blum
In Theaters:
Island Pictures


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You either love Tom Waits or you think his music is gonzo bullshit. Eh. Same deal with "Big Time" -- gonzo bullshit, and it's brilliant.

Really shows why Tom Waits is so awesome with impressive stage performance and very good acting in scenes between his music showing future acting talents later seen in Dracula, Fisher King and Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.

For Tom Waits fans this is a given, but for non-fans I am not sure. Tom waits is a little experamental and maybe a little to "hipster" for casual fans.

Jeff Heruth

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