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Big Time (1988)

Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Waits ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael L. Blair Michael L. Blair ... Musician
Ralph Carney Ralph Carney ... Musician
Greg Cohen ... Musician
Marc Ribot Marc Ribot ... Musician
Willie Schwarz Willie Schwarz ... Musician
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Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes the audience through a musical journey with his jazzy, quirky, bluesy tunes presented as you would never, ever, ever expect. Written by Sam Hayes <gshayes@mail.gwi.net>

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The concert was "the best live performance of the year." The movie is BIG TIME.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

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Big Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$148,426
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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Tom Waits: I think the question I get asked the most is, well I dunno know, it happens a lot, enough that I would remark on it - a lot of people come up to me and they say "Is it possible for a woman to get pregnant without intercourse?" My answer's always the same, I say: "Listen. We're gonna have to go all the way back to the civil war. Apparently a stray bullet actually pierced the testicle of a Union soldier and then lodged itself in the ovaries of an 18 year old girl who was actually 100 feet from ...
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The perfect visual match to the aural adventure that is Tom Waits music
1 November 2005 | by morrisonm-1See all my reviews

This movie is perfect for those who have an appreciation of the artistry of Tom Waits, or who can say with some degree of honesty that they watch and enjoy movies on the IFC channel. I would not recommend this movie however to those who are unfamiliar with his work. The combination of his visual imagery and unique sound is likely to be too much for the uninitiated. You should be comfortable with his music before watching Big Time. This warning of course does not include IFC watchers who can handle just about any degree of weirdness. The movie itself is a series of vignettes very loosely tied together, with Tom as the central character. Each includes or at least introduces one or two songs and a monologue. The vignettes include portions of concert shows but all are set within the environs of a rather seedy theatre, including such areas as the loge, the bathroom and the ticket booth. It is a great treat to see Tom Waits performing live. If you are familiar with and enjoy his music you will surely enjoy this movie. Turn the sound down and you will quickly realize that the visual aspect of the performance is structured much as his music is. The result is a wild agglomeration of disparate elements that cuts to the quick but delivers a soul satisfying experience.


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