Big Eyes

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Big Eyes
Big Eyes poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Tim Burton
Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski

Lynette Howell
Written by Scott Alexander
Larry Karaszewski
Starring Amy Adams
Christoph Waltz
Danny Huston
Jon Polito
Krysten Ritter
Jason Schwartzman
Terence Stamp
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Bruno Delbonnel
Edited by JC Bond
Silverwood Films
Electric City Entertainment
Tim Burton Productions
Distributed by The Weinstein Company
Release dates
  • December 25, 2014 (2014-12-25) (United States)
Running time
106 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million[2]
Box office $20.9 million[3]

Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Tim Burton, and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film focuses on American artist Margaret Keane (Adams), whose work was fraudulently claimed in the 1950s and 1960s by her then-husband, Walter Keane (Waltz), and their heated divorce trial after Margaret accused Walter of stealing credit for her paintings.

The film had its world premiere in New York City on December 15, 2014.[4] It was released theatrically on December 25, 2014, in the United States by The Weinstein Company.[5] The film was met with positive reviews and was nominated for three Golden Globes, with Adams winning Best Actress.


Artist Margaret Keane's paintings of large-eyed waifs became phenomenally successful in the 1950s, but she received no recognition for it. Her husband, Walter Keane, claiming to be the artist, became a national celebrity and talk-show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of inexpensive prints. Using his marketing savvy, he sold the prints cheaply in such venues as hardware stores and gas stations across the United States. Margaret generated the paintings from a locked room in their home, with Walter's contribution being his signature added to the bottom. The ruse ended their marriage, and when Margaret made it known she had created the paintings, the couple engaged in a court battle to determine proper credit.



Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski negotiated over the life rights with Margaret Keane and wrote Big Eyes as a spec script. In October 2007, it was announced that development was moving forward with Alexander and Karaszewski directing their script and nightclub operator Andrew Meieran fully financing an under-$20 million budget through his Bureau of Moving Pictures banner.[6] Kate Hudson and Thomas Haden Church were set to star, and filming was to begin in June 2008, but was pushed back over prospects from a new Screen Actors Guild contract.[7][8]

In September 2010, it was announced that Tim Burton had also become involved as producer for the film,[9] and principal photography was scheduled to start in April 2012 with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds attached to star.[10] By 2013, Burton had taken over directing reins and Big Eyes was set up at The Weinstein Company with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz starring. Filming began in July 2013.[11]

Big Eyes is Burton's first film since Edward Scissorhands to be edited by someone other than Chris Lebenzon, who had other commitments with Maleficent the same year.


Big Eyes has received positive reviews, particularly for Waltz and Adams' performances, the script and Burton's direction. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 70%, based on 145 reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Well-acted, thought-provoking and a refreshing change of pace for Tim Burton, Big Eyes works both as a biopic and as a timelessly relevant piece of social commentary".[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13]


Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
British Academy Film Awards February 8, 2015 Best Actress in a Leading Role Amy Adams Pending [14]
Best Production Design Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau Pending
Casting Society of America January 22, 2015 Studio or Independent Comedy Jeanne McCarthy, Nicole Abellera, Coreen Mayrs, Heike Brandstatter Nominated [15]
Critic's Choice Awards January 15, 2015 Best Song Lana Del Rey for "Big Eyes" Nominated [16]
Golden Globe Awards January 11, 2015 Best Actor – Comedy or Musical Christoph Waltz Nominated
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical Amy Adams Won
Best Original Song Lana Del Rey for "Big Eyes" Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards February 21, 2015 Best Screenplay Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski Pending [17]


Big Eyes: Music From the Original Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released December 23, 2014
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Interscope Records
Singles from Big Eyes: Music From the Original Motion Picture
  1. "Big Eyes"
    Released: December 23, 2014
  2. "I Can Fly"
    Released: December 23, 2014

It was reported in November 2014 that singer Lana Del Rey would contribute with two original songs to the soundtrack. The songs "Big Eyes" and "I Can Fly", which Lana Del Rey wrote and performed, were leaked in December 2014; the soundtrack album and both songs were officially released on December 23, 2014.[18]

Track listing
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Big Eyes"   Lana Del Rey 4:41
2. "Bludan"   Cast of Big Eyes 3:15
3. "Doxy"   Miles Davis & Sonny Rollins 4:55
4. "Hey Now"   The Red Garland Trio 3:41
5. "Tropicville"   Cast of Big Eyes 3:10
6. "Rik-A-Tik"   The Lively Ones 3:02
7. "A Minor Goof"   Cal Tjader 3:54
8. "I Can Fly"   Lana Del Rey 5:48
9. "Opening"   Danny Elfman 3:59
10. "Who's the Artist?"   Danny Elfman 2:56
11. "Margaret"   Danny Elfman 3:03
12. "Walter"   Danny Elfman 4:49
13. "Victory"   Danny Elfman 4:59
14. "End Credits"   Danny Elfman 1:12

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BIG EYES (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Big Eyes". The Numbers. 
  3. ^ "Big Eyes". Box Office Mojo. 
  4. ^ "Harvey Weinstein Praises ‘Big Eyes’ Screenwriters-Producers at Film’s Premiere". Variety. 
  5. ^ "Press Conference For The Weinstein Company's "BIG EYES"". Yahoo. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Michael (October 15, 2007). "Alexander, Karaszewski think ‘Big’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Michael (February 5, 2008). "Kate Hudson to star in ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (April 2, 2008). "Church to play Keane in ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Mike Fleming (2010-08-19). "Tim Burton Reunites With 'Ed Wood' Scribes For 'Addams Family' And 'Big Eyes'". Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 22, 2012). "Witherspoon, Reynolds land ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Fleming, Michael (April 2, 2013). "Tim Burton To Direct ‘Big Eyes'; The Weinstein Company Putting Finishing Brush Strokes On Deal For Painting Saga". Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Big Eyes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "'Big Eyes' Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "BAFTA Nominations: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Leads With 11 – Full List". January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Casting Society Unveils Artios Film Nominees". January 6, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2015 Golden Globe Nominations". Rotten Tomatoes. December 11, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  17. ^ "2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Announced". Rotten Tomatoes. November 25, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Big Eyes: Music From the Original Motion Picture". iTunes. December 23, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 

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