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Three salesmen for a foundering industrial lubricant manufacturer hang out in their company's hospitality suite at a major convention, waiting for the arrival of a prospective customer they've privately dubbed "The Big Kahuna," whose potential sales would turn the struggling company around. Phil (Danny DeVito) plays peacemaker between the cynical, argumentative huckster, Larry (Kevin Spacey), and Bob (Peter Facinelli), the company's newest hire, whose religious sanctimony irritates Larry.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Spacey
Larry Mann
Danny DeVito
Phil Cooper
George F. Miller
Hotel patron
Ron Komora
The Big Kahuna
Roger Rueff
Writer (Play)
Roger Rueff
Screenwriter
Gerard Guez
Executive Producer
Barbara A. Hall
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Bernie Morris
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Critic Reviews for The Big Kahuna

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Audience Reviews for The Big Kahuna

  • Mar 15, 2017
    Reminded me a ton of Glengarry Glen Ross. I lost power before I could finish this (so this review isn't totally fair), but the premise was too full of holes, the story was too slow, the dialogue too irritating. When I do finish it I hope the ending proves me wrong.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 18, 2012
    Larry Mann: Did you mention perhaps what line of industrial lubricants Jesus would have endorsed?  "Every sale begins with a smile." The Big Kahuna is one of those one room, all dialogue movies. If you can't take a lot of conversation in movies, this is definitely not for you. That's all it is. Three guys in a hospitality room at a hotel talking. They are salesmen for industrial lubricants and they are having a convention in which they will try to land a big time client.  Two of the three are veterans, the third is a young newbie to the scene. The young one is also a religious man who let's his views on Jesus show more than his views on salesmanship. There's no real plot to be seen in The Big Kahuna. There's ideas and there's a lot of good dialogue, but not real plot. That isn't necessarily a bad thing either. I like movies like this as long as they can find a way to be entertaining.  I liked The Big Kahuna enough. Kevin Spacey is terrific in roles like this where he can talk a lot and on occasion scream. He's definitely the selling point for the whole film. Add Danny Devito to the mix and everything gets a little more interesting, even though there's not that much going on that I'd consider interesting. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2012
    A simple story, but told well, with good writing, and even better line delivery from Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito. I appreciated the film's take on belief systems, featuring some pretty insightful commentary, though I didn't agree with all of it. Being based on a play, the film did feel rather confined, but ultimately it's a dialogue-driven narrative anyway. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2012
    Wonderful! A simple and terrific film that is very well written and bring three good actors. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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