The Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna

John Swanbeck (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Kevin Spacey followed his Oscar-winning turn in American Beauty with this more personal project, which he also produced. He plays one of a trio of salesmen who have gathered at an anonymous hotel suite for a convention. Spacey, all hyperactive bluster, is determined to secure a major client - the Big Kahuna of the title. However, it's the new boy on the team, Peter Facinelli, who may hold the key to capturing the elusive prize. Very much in the style of Glengarry Glen Ross (in which Spacey had a supporting role), this claustrophobic drama struggles to shake off its stage origins. However, Spacey delivers a bravura performance and he is more than matched by Danny DeVito, who carves out a turn of understated melancholy as Spacey's world-weary partner.


Three salesmen are thrown together as they wait to pitch to a hugely important potential client at a hotel. However, the long delay in his arrival and their close proximity causes tensions to rise, and arguments are set to erupt. Drama, starring Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Peter Facinelli and Paul Dawson.

Cast & Crew

Larry Mann Kevin Spacey
Phil Cooper Danny DeVito
Bob Walker Peter Facinelli
Director John Swanbeck

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: RedbusGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 15 Oct 2004