The Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna

Director: John Swanbeck Cast: Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli


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Three salesmen working for a firm that makes industrial lubricants are waiting in the company's "hospitality suite" at a manufacturers' convention for a "big kahuna" named Dick Fuller to show up, in hopes they can persuade him to place an order that could salvage the company's flagging sales. Phil (Danny DeVito) is in his mid-50s; he's devoted his life to his job but emotionally has little to show for it. He's learned to live with the loneliness of a salesman's life, but is smarting over the recent collapse of his marriage and is trying to quit drinking. Bob (Peter Facinelli) is a quiet but observant newcomer in his 20s, recently married and adjusting to his first business trip. And Larry (Kevin Spacey) is a bundle of energy who likes to drink, smoke, and start arguments; he's openly confrontational with Phil and Bob and quick to pick up on their foibles and failings. Phil and Larry become more impatient and bitter as the evening wears on, especially when they learn that "the big kahuna" already dropped by the suite; wearing someone else's name tag, he had a few drinks, talked with Bob about the recent death of his dog and Christianity, and never mentioned placing an order. Screenwriter Roger Rueff based the script on his play Hospitality Suite; Kevin Spacey was a co-producer as well as starring as Larry.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2017
UPC: 0031398262060
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: A
Time: 1:31:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Larry
Danny DeVito Phil
Peter Facinelli Bob

Technical Credits
John Swanbeck Director
Katherine Jane Bryant Costumes/Costume Designer
Peggy Davis Editor
Suzie Goudler Set Decoration/Design
Gerard Guez Executive Producer
Joanne Horowitz Co-producer
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Anastas Michos Cinematographer
Bernie Morris Associate Producer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Rueff Screenwriter
Elie Samaha Producer
Amanda Slater Asst. Director
Kevin Spacey Producer
Andrew Stevens Producer
Frank White Art Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

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The Big Kahuna 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
takes place mostly in a hotel room and some pretty good dialogue. this is about 3 guys and trying to make a deal with an important person and sends one of their own and awaits for his return and the other 2 talks about stuff from life and etc. spacey was hilarious, devito was awesome and facinelli was quite good and not only looked but sounded a little like tom cruise. recommend the film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite its simple setting and short character list, The Big Kahuna is indeed a pleasant surprise. Kevin Spacey is at his best: candid, ruthless, and headstrong. Danny DeVito plays a sober counterpart to Spacey's derisive edginess. The youngster, Peter Facinelli, portrays Rob Walker, the pivotal character who sparks the others' attitudes and prejudices, leading to the ''deep'' conversations that ultimately carry the film. In a sentence, watching The Big Kahuna is like sitting in the front row of an intimate theatre, witnessing a milestone production.