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The Big Kahuna (Widescreen) [Import]

Kevin Spacey , Danny DeVito , John Swanbeck    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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Two salesmen (Danny DeVito and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey) and a company researcher (Peter Facinelli) set up shop in a hotel suite in Wichita, Kansas, on a business trip. They hope to sell their particular brand of industrial lubricants to the elusive Mr. Fuller. Spacey and DeVito are seasoned pros, while Facinelli is excited about his first business trip. DeVito is going through some kind of mid-life crisis; Spacey is all about the sale and little else; and the new kid is naive, moral, and extremely religious. Once the characters are established, nothing much happens. They talk. They prepare for their sales party, and they talk. The event starts, but the movie quickly cuts to the mess in the room afterward so they can talk about what happened during the party. Even when Facinelli is given an invite to hang out with Mr. Fuller at a private party, the camera stays behind in the hotel room to listen to Spacey and DeVito talk. Talk talk talk. Based on the play by Roger Rueff, who also wrote the screenplay, The Big Kahuna never really feels like a movie, probably because it's all talk and no story, set in a hospitality suite that increasingly feels like a prison. --Andy Spletzer

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars says it all! Jan. 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Just caught this on Bravo yesterday and found it incredibly provocative...thank God someone has done a movie that exercises the mind and challenges the soul instead of reverting to adolescent attention-grabbing and superficial titillation using silly special effects, gratuitous sex or violence to engage the viewer. I'm buying it to show to colleagues!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Dekho (Watch) June 5 2003
Format:DVD
I have watched this movie on VHS and the dialogues are truly brilliant.
The acting and also the editing (flow) of the movie is excellent.
It is thought provoking and shows that life is not about being judgemental and critical but living and helping others as best as you can - two people can be right in their own ways. We do not perceive things as they are, but as we are.
The moral conclusion of the movie is left to the viewer to decide.
All the three actors come out as very human.
THIS UNCONVENTIONAL MOVIE GOES TO SHOW THAT BRILLIANT FILMS CAN ALSO BE MADE WITH A SMALL BUDGET, HIGHLIGHTING ENDANGERED HUMAN VALUES AND NON-EXISTENCE OF SPECIAL EFFECTS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Dekho (Watch) June 5 2003
Format:DVD
I have watched this movie on VHS and the dialogues are truly brilliant.
The acting and also the editing (flow) of the movie is excellent.
It is thought provoking and shows that life is not about being judgemental and critical but living and helping others as best as you can - two people can be right in their own ways. We do not perceive things as they are, but as we are.
The moral conclusion of the movie is left to the viewer to decide.
All the three actors come out as very human.
THIS UNCONVENTIONAL MOVIE GOES TO SHOW THAT BRILLIANT FILMS CAN ALSO BE MADE WITH A SMALL BUDGET, HIGHLIGHTING ENDANGERED HUMAN VALUES AND NON-EXISTENCE OF SPECIAL EFFECTS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem Jan. 18 2003
By Rasmus
Format:DVD
The Big Kahuna is one of those films that very few people will ever watch. That is actually a shame, because this film has more to offer than just about every Hollywood blockbuster I have seen in recent years. The script is superb and offers some poignant insights into human life. The three leads give great performances - especially Spacey who should have won the Oscar for this film instead of the overrated American Beauty. The film is not a masterpiece and will probably never come to be considered a classic, but it is still a must see for people who do not find satisfaction in the average Hollywood production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clash of Worldviews Dec 26 2002
Format:DVD
Three men away from home on biz --- convention in Wichita. Hospitality Suite to smooz the big kahuna -- Mr. Fuller.
Bob from Research interchanges with Marketing/Sales types Phil and Larry about what counts. Waiting and speculating about big pictures provides dialogue about what makes up these three.
Bob receives golden opportunity to share his faith. Does so in non-aggressive, respectful manner. Ends up smoozing with big K. Impressive in his resolve.
Fine acting by all three. Spacey and DeVito are exceptionally good in portraying some typical executive types.
One to replay and reflect upon truths being laid down in this contemplative flick. Worth the watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God the Big Kahuna June 7 2002
Format:DVD
This is a great film starring Danny DeVito and Kevin Spacey. The main themes are sincerity and God but they talk about alot of things, brilliant dialogue. At one point in the movie, Danny DeVito's character says something like, "When I was a kid, I had a dream about God. I dreamed I found Him hiding in a closet in a burned out city. The closet was just standing there by itself in the ruins. I walked to the closet door and inside was God, he had a lions head but I knew it was God. I could tell that he was scared. I reached in and held His hand. I led him out of the closet, still holding His hand. We stood there a while, just the two of us, holding hands, God and I. Then I said: Don't be afraid. Don't you worry God I'm on your side."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic Script April 27 2002
Format:VHS Tape
With two big names and one slightly less big name, this movie has it's share of stars, but the real star is the dialogue in this movie. "Masterful" is the only word to describe it. I rented this movie on a whim once and now it is one of my all time favorites. It's a thoughtful and self-aware film with lines of dialogue that will get you thinking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really fantastic movie. March 29 2002
By "def_"
Format:DVD
I was browsing through cable late one night and stumbled across the familiar faces of Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Se7en) and Danny Devito (Batman Returns, Death To Smoochy), I gave it a watch and was completely taken in by the film. However, I only caught the tail end of it. After that night I never saw the film again. Luckily enough I was browsing through the previously viewed DVD section at my local video store and found a copy of The Big Kahuna. I picked it up for a steal.
The dialogue in this film is some of my favorite, it rivals that of Tarantino's films with the massive conveyence of information but making it all seem rather nonchalant. Kevin Spacey is hilarious in this movie. It's stunning what a serious movie this is but still manages to be so funny at the same time. Danny Devito gives one of the greatest acting performances I have ever seen. I still don't think I have seen better, and I doubt I probably ever will.
This film is a very interesting one, there's basicly only three people in the entire film. And somehow the film keeps you very interested in the happening of all the characters and their problems, things like that, it was gripping some how.
As for the DVD it's self, there's not to much to it. 5.1 audio, 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, not really much else to be said about it. But it's well worth the money. I would highly recommend this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie Which Speaks of Human Character
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Kevin spacey was right!"This is it?This is f****** it?"

Well I was in a video store one time and my father showed it to me one saturday night as my friends... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2004 by Renfield
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 people in a room can get a little bit boring
with a movie only based on 3 people in a room it can get boring but the 3 leads, especially Spacey give grand acting performances. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Michael Bolts
1.0 out of 5 stars nice community theater piece, but not a movie
A small, hemmed in, cramped film in almost all respects 'The Big Kahuna' is based on the play 'Hospitality Suite' and its small town theater feel shows through. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2003 by Joseph Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars The Movie is Pointless
The movie is about three salesmen in Kansas on a business trip. They prepare for their big sales party in the hotel they are currently staying in. Read more
Published on Aug. 7 2002 by Linda
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