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The Big Picture Details


Another "get even with Hollywood" satire in the tradition of and , The Big Picture is an elongated inside joke complete with un-billed celebrity cameos. In this first feature-film directorial effort by actor/writer Christopher Guest, Kevin Bacon plays a "boy wonder" director whose willingness to compromise his ideals allows him to keep afloat in Tinseltown. Bacon's corruption begins when his first Hollywood project, a black-and-white experimental film about an over-40 menage a trois, is distorted beyond recognition into a color, big-budget "youth trip". Bacon hasn't really sold out; he's merely waiting to accrue enough industry clout to strike back at the Philistines in charge. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 15, 1989


Kevin Bacon
as Nick Chapman
Emily Longstreth
as Susan Rawlings
J.T. Walsh
as Allen Habel
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Lydia Johnson
Michael McKean
as Emmett Sumner
Kim Miyori
as Jenny Sumner
Teri Hatcher
as Gretchen
Jason Gould
as Carl Manknik
Don Franklin
as Todd Marvin
Fran Drescher
as Polo Habel
Stephen Collins
as Attorney
Roddy McDowall
as Judge
Elliott Gould
as Lawyer (uncredited)
Yvonne Peattie
as Mrs. Feldzar
Brad Zutaut
as Surfer
Stan Ivar
as Charlie
Lulie Newcomb
as Receptionist
Tom Maier
as Building Manager
Grant Owens
as Mr. Chapman
Dan Schneider
as Jonathan/Tristan-Bennet
Robert Bauer
as Wounded Soldier
Tracy Brooks Swope
as Lori Pressman
Scott Williamson
as Restaurant Manager
Walter Olkewicz
as Babe Ruth
Arlene Lorre
as Cleopatra
Holly Fields
as Daughter
Richard Belzer
as Video Show Host
Scott Coffey
as Waiter
Suzy Cote
as Mindy Habel
Caitlin Clarke
as Sharon
Welsey Pfenning
as Woman in Cabin
David Hayward
as George
George Rogan
as Security Guard/Nazi
Alice Hirson
as Mrs. Chapman
Victor Steinbach
as Andres Vargiak
Michael Miller
as PEZ People
Bruce Kirby
as Businessman
Vladimir Skomarovsky
as Man in Nick's Movie
Perla Walter
as Housekeeper
Nancy Valen
as Young Sharon
Buddy Garion
as Man in Restaurant
Suzee Slater
as Stewardess
Matthew Eichler
as Piano Player
Jennifer Karr
as Woman in Restaurant
Gary Kroeger
as Mark


Christopher Guest
Michael Varhol
Michael Varhol
Christopher Guest
Michael McKean
David Nichtern
Composer (Music Score)
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Art Director
Richard Luke Rothschild
Associate Producer
Richard Gilbert Abramson
Executive Producer
William E. McEuen
Executive Producer
Jerie Kelter
Set Designer
Karen Patch
Costume Designer
Nina Axelrod