The Big Kahuna


1h 30m 1992

Brief Synopsis

Larry, Phil and Bob are three midwestern businessman at crucial stages of their lives. Larry is a smooth-talking slick operator whose brutal honesty comes as no surprise to his old pal Phil but shocks and offends young Bob. Recently married, deeply religious and a bit nervous about his first convent

Film Details

Also Known As
Big Kahuna
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

Larry, Phil and Bob are three midwestern businessman at crucial stages of their lives. Larry is a smooth-talking slick operator whose brutal honesty comes as no surprise to his old pal Phil but shocks and offends young Bob. Recently married, deeply religious and a bit nervous about his first convention, Bob's wholesome righteousness irks Larry to no end. Trying to keep the peace is Phil, who's been in the business the longest. Recently divorced and emotionally and physically exhausted, Phil has suddenly found himself forced to reassess his life and purpose. As the evening progresses with the three men waiting for an important potential client to stop by -- "the big kahuna" -- they find themselves opening up in unexpected ways. As the night turns to day, each man has been transformed in ways that they -- and the audience -- would never expect.

Film Details

Also Known As
Big Kahuna
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
Lionsgate
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Spring April 28, 2000

Expanded Release in United States May 12, 2000

Released in United States on Video August 29, 2000

Released in United States 1992

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States February 2000

Released in United States March 2000

Released in United States November 2000

Shown at Cinequest 2000: The San Jose Film Festival February 24 - March 5, 2000.

Shown at Miami Film Festival February 18-27, 2000.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Opening Night) March 2-12, 2000.

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) November 1-16, 2000.

Lions Gate reportedly paid $1,500,000 for the North American distribution rights to this project.

Feature film directorial debut for veteran Chicago-based theater director John Swanbeck.

Completed shooting early March 1999.

Began shooting February 1999.

Released in United States Spring April 28, 2000

Expanded Release in United States May 12, 2000

Released in United States on Video August 29, 2000

Released in United States 1992 (Playwright Roger Rueff's stage play "Hospitality Suite," upon which "The Big Kahuna" is based, premiered at South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California, in 1992 and was subsequently produced in Chicago at the Victory Gardens Theater. In 1994, "Hospitality Suite" was awarded the Cunningham Prize from DePaul University.)

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Cinequest 2000: The San Jose Film Festival February 24 - March 5, 2000.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States February 2000 (Shown at Miami Film Festival February 18-27, 2000.)

Released in United States March 2000 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Opening Night) March 2-12, 2000.)

Released in United States November 2000 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) November 1-16, 2000.)