Big Kahuna

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Product Overview

Three industrial lubricant salesmen pursue the ultimate sale, the big kahuna. Anything can happen and their careers can be made or ruined on a handshake.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40221341
UPC 031398833529
UPC 14 00031398833529
Format DVD
Release Date 6/17/2003
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note First-time feature director John Swanbeck teams up with producer-actor Kevin Spacey for this big screen adaptation of Roger Rueff's play HOSPITALITY SUITE. The story concerns three lubricant salesmen who have gathered in a Witchita, Kansas hotel room in order to throw a cocktail party for prospective buyers. They are Larry (Spacey), a harsh, cocky veteran; his partner Phil (Danny DeVito), a passive recovering alcoholic; and Bob (Peter Facinelli), a naïve new colleague whose ethics drive Larry into fits of disbelief. The trio waits for the night's arrivals--most specifically, "The Big Kahuna," a man so wealthy that he has the ability to single-handedly revive Larry and Phil's struggling careers. After the party, Larry and Phil are dumbfounded when they discover that Bob actually spoke to him, only their conversation consisted solely of religious dialogue. Larry sends Bob in search of "The Big Kahuna" with the order that he discuss business if he wants to remain employed. The subsequent hours provide each individual with the chance to exorcise his inner demons once and for all. Limited in its usage of locations, Rueff's big-screen adaptation of his play contains inspired performances from Spacey, DeVito, and Facinelli.
Plot Summary
Summary Based on the play HOSPITALITY SUITE, this comedy revolves around three industrial lubricant salesmen who have traveled to Wichita, Kansas, for the Midwest Manufacturer's Annual Convention. Larry (Spacey), Phil (DeVito), and Bob (Facinelli) wait in their company's hospitality suite for a potentially lucrative client to appear. As the night unfolds, their conversation takes a turn for the serious, revealing to each man an insight that he will hold close to him forever.
Reviews
Variety "...A well acted, engaging drama that's sprinkled with dark humor and sharp observations..." p.40
Premiere "...[The film is a] chamber piece for high velocity acting....Stuff that you want to root for..." 04/??/2000 p.31
Box Office "...There's something fresh here....Unexpectedly touching..." 12/01/1999 p.53
Los Angeles Times "...DeVito has moments of mesmerizing calm....Spacey is as savagely dyspeptic as he was in AMERICAN BEAUTY..." 04/28/2000 p.F23
Chicago Sun-Times "...Sharp-edged, perfectly timed, funny and thoughtful. Spacey and DeVito are two of the smartest actors in the movies, filled with the joy of performance..." 05/12/2000 p.34
Sight and Sound "Spacey surfs the hot air of the dialogue with grace." 12/01/2004 p.36-7
Directors
John Swanbeck
Actors
Kevin Spacey
Peter Facinelli
Danny DeVito
Cast & Crew
Danny DeVito - Actor
Kevin Spacey - Actor
Paul Dawson - Actor
Peter Facinelli - Actor
Roger Rueff - Based On Play By
John Swanbeck - Director
Anastas N. Michos - Director of Photography
Christopher Young - Musical Score
Kevin Spacey, et al. - Producer
Roger Rueff - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 8335-D
UPC 00031398833529
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 91 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review What a charge it is to see the way these three actors get loose and play off each other. Roger Rueff's single-set play-turned-film segues from comedy to drama... Spacey...is the big draw...but co-stars Danny DeVito and Peter Facinelli are the revelations.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Bob Graham
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...Spacey and DeVito are two of the smartest actors in the movies, filled with the joy of performance, and they exchange their dialogue with the precision of racquetball players, every volley redefining the game.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Spacey,Kevin
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Quotes
Shlomo Schwartzberg, BoxOffice Magazine ...memorable.
Details Magazine Spacey sells us a performance that is an American beauty.

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