The Big Picture (1989)


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Movie Info

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.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Michael Varhol
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 8, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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as Susan Rawlings

as Allen Habel

as Gretchen

as Lydia Johnson

as Emmett Sumner

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as Carl Manknik

as Lori Pressman

as Todd Marvin

as Polo Habel

as Mindy Habel

as Janet Kingsley

as Attorney

as Mrs. Chapman

as Mr. Chapman

as Woman in Cabin

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as Wounded Soldier

as Man in Nick's Movie

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as Mrs. Feldzar

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as Young Sharon

as Woman in Cabin

as Abe Lincoln

as Babe Ruth

as Waiter

as Bartender

as Businessman

as Video Show Host

as Building Manager

as Restaurant Manager

as Andres Vargiak

as Cleopatra

as Security Guard/Nazi

as Housekeeper

as PEZ People

as Receptionist

as Woman with Fridge

as Piano Player

as Attorney

as PEZ People Member

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Critic Reviews for The Big Picture

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling anti-Hollywood comedy.

Full Review… | April 9, 2007

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

November 20, 2005

The Movie Machine is skewered and lampooned with an impressive accuracy, but it never crosses the line into becoming an outright bash.

Full Review… | October 29, 2003
Apollo Guide

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

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

Super Reviewer



Leo L

Super Reviewer

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