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The Big Kahuna

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 nave 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.
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    • Rating - Language.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8335-D

  • Credits
    Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Danny De Vito, Peter Facinelli
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A well acted, engaging drama that's sprinkled with dark humor and sharp observations..."
    Variety

    "...[The film is a] chamber piece for high velocity acting....Stuff that you want to root for..."
    Premiere

    "...There's something fresh here....Unexpectedly touching..."
    Box Office

    "...DeVito has moments of mesmerizing calm....Spacey is as savagely dyspeptic as he was in AMERICAN BEAUTY..."
    Los Angeles 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..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "Spacey surfs the hot air of the dialogue with grace."
    Sight and Sound

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