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
Krysten Ritter
Danny Huston
Terence Stamp
Jason Schwartzman
Jon Polito
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]

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

The film had its world premiere in New York City on December 15, 2014.[3] It is scheduled to be released theatrically on December 25, 2014 in the United States by The Weinstein Company.[4]


Margaret Keane's work as an artist became phenomenally successful in the 1950s, but she was given no recognition for her work. Her husband, Walter Keane, claimed to be the artist and became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the United States. Margaret generated the paintings from their basement and Walter's contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage, and when she tried to make it known that she authored the paintings, they ended up in a court battle after she found that Walter took the paintings without permission. The case culminated in a dramatic courtroom showdown.



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.[5] 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.[6][7]

In September 2010, it was announced that Tim Burton is also involved as producer for the film,[8] and principal photography was scheduled to start in April 2012 with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds attached to star.[9] 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.[10]


Big Eyes has received positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 76%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. 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."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]


Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Globe Awards January 11, 2015 Best Actor – Comedy or Musical Christoph Waltz Pending [13]
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical Amy Adams Pending
Best Original Song Lana Del Rey for "Big Eyes" Pending
Independent Spirit Awards February 21, 2015 Best Screenplay Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski Pending [14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BIG EYES (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Harvey Weinstein Praises ‘Big Eyes’ Screenwriters-Producers at Film’s Premiere". Variety. 
  4. ^ "Press Conference For The Weinstein Company's "BIG EYES"". Yahoo. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Michael (October 15, 2007). "Alexander, Karaszewski think ‘Big’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Michael (February 5, 2008). "Kate Hudson to star in ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Michael (April 2, 2008). "Church to play Keane in ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ Mike Fleming (2010-08-19). "Tim Burton Reunites With 'Ed Wood' Scribes For 'Addams Family' And 'Big Eyes'". Retrieved 2014-09-21. 
  9. ^ Sneider, Jeff (January 22, 2012). "Witherspoon, Reynolds land ‘Big Eyes’". Variety. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Big Eyes". 16 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Big Eyes Reviews - Metacritic". Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "2015 Golden Globe Nominations". Rotten Tomatoes. December 11, 2014. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Announced". Rotten Tomatoes. November 25, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 

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