Big Time (1988 film)

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Big Time
promotional poster
Directed by Chris Blum
Produced by Chris Blackwell (executive producer)
Catherine Peacock (associate producer)
Luc Roeg (producer)
Written by Kathleen Brennan
Tom Waits
Starring Tom Waits
Cinematography Daniel Hainey
Edited by Glen Scantlebury
Distributed by Island Visual Arts (1988) (USA) (theatrical)
Release date
15 September 1988 (Toronto Film Festival)
30 September 1988 (New York City, New York)
12 May 1989
Running time
90 minutes (V)
87 minutes (NYT/MFB)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $148,426 (USA)

Big Time is a 1988 American musical film, centered on Tom Waits.



  • "Frank's Wild Years"
  • "Shore Leave"
  • "Way Down in the Hole"
  • "Hang On St. Christopher"
  • "Telephone Call From Istanbul"
  • "Cold, Cold Ground"
  • "Straight to the Top (Vegas)"
  • "Strange Weather"
  • "Gun Street Girl"
  • "9th and Hennepin"
  • "Clap Hands"
  • "Time"
  • "Rain Dogs"
  • "Train Song"
  • "Sixteen Shells From a Thirty-Ought Six"
  • "I'll Take New York"
  • "It's More Than Rain"
  • "Johnsburg, Illinois"
  • "Innocent When You Dream (Barroom)"
  • "Big Black Mariah"


  • Filming took place wholly in Los Angeles, California, USA and San Francisco, California, USA.
  • The tagline was: The concert was "the best live performance of the year." The movie is BIG TIME.

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