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Bigger Than the Sky [DVD]

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: PG
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 1900
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYHUA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,479 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice film 23 Aug 2011
By Vicente
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Basically it is the story of an actor with no acting experience (Marcus Thomas) that wants to be part of a community theather's play. Corbett and Smart roles are secondary. I bought this DVD just because of Amy Smart and I didn't get disappointed: it is a good film and Amy is lovely in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 27 Sep 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My main gripe about this DVD is actually the cover! I bought the DVD because it listed John Corbett as the main character. The description said that it was about a guy who couldn't commit, coached an amateur actor who had fallen for his girlfriend and eventually was able to commit to her.

Although this is what happened, the main character is the amateur actor who gets the lead part in the play and struggles with it. The relationship between John Corbett and Amy Smart is secondary to this and, as such, the whole film failed to get off the starting block.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 24 May 2009
Format:DVD
This is a great film John Corbett was brillant in this film to help someone who has never acted in a play before to turn him into an excellent actor.On the other hand he falls in love with the main actress of the play.I would reccomend this film to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "There is no 'I' in me..." 10 July 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
BIGGER THAN THE SKY has the feel of an Indie that was made out of a lot of love and commitment from all concerned. That's a good thing, but at the beginning of this little film the viewer questions whether or not the actors can make the story fly - and if you actually want to take the trip with them. But stick it out because a sound film well made rewards the hesitation. It is a 'little man finds his way' tale that makes good sense and provides good entertainment.

Peter Rooker (Marcus Thomas) is in a depressed slump after his girlfriend has dumped him. He is a 'cellophane man' computer artist, living the solitary life, noticed by no one, longing for a feeling of belonging. The place is Portland, Oregon. Peter notes the posting of auditions for a Portland Community Theater production of 'Cyrano de Bergerac' and slowly decides to attempt a moment of belonging by auditioning for the play: if he could just land a small part at least he'd belong.

At the auditions he meets the warmly friendly theatrical group: Michael (John Corbett) who is a fine actor with no sense of future, Grace (Amy Smart) a pretty young sprite and competent trouper, director Edwina (Clare Higgins) who is a true theater person preferring to unmask the real Cyrano rather than hide him behind the infamous nose, sassy costumer Mrs. Keene (Patty Duke), and theater founder and advisor Kippy (Alan Corduner) who has retired from the theater due to his progressive cancer.

To everyone's surprise, especially Peter's, Peter lands the title role of Cyrano while Michael becomes Christian and Grace becomes Roxanne. Edwina's faith in the audition honesty of Peter has bolstered her own commitment to her dreams and she works with the cast to mold this very inexperienced (read lousy) actor into the tough role of Cyrano. Peter finds joy in the camaraderie of the actors, and for the first time in his life he becomes a social person. As the play is rehearsed Peter and Michael and Grace become a misguided trio - Peter does not understand the promiscuous life of the actors - and when Peter loses his job because of his increased involvement in the theater, he is informed that Edwina is forced to replace him with a seasoned actor Ken Zorbell (Sean Astin) at the 13th hour.

As good comedies go there are unexpected turns of events at every level of the remaining time until the opening night and the ending results in the personal growth of each of the actors and company. There are some well-drawn performances from John Corbett, Amy Smart, Clare Higgins, Patty Duke (in two roles), Alan Corduner, and ultimately Marcus Taylor (he is so convincingly an untrained actor at the beginning of the film that the audience will think he is wholly without talent!). Director Al Corley keeps the community theater magic alive and Rodney Patrick Vaccaro's script is sparkled by incidental quotes from Rostand's play. And to sum up the final product of the film in Cyrano's word, it has 'panache'. Not a great film, but a warm little story that examines the lonely lives of people who need the stage of a community theater to find themselves. Grady Harp, July 05
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Big Enough--"Bigger" Still Delivers Quaint Charms And a Modest Entertainment 24 Nov 2006
By K. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Bigger Than The Sky" is a small, relatively inconsequential film about a regular guy discovering himself in the community theater milieu. A slight comedy, a slight romance, and an even slighter drama--this film is almost too nice for its own good. But with some colorful performances, this pleasant little endeavor seems to be a labor of love for those involved. And it's in this spirit that you actually get caught up in this "Sky."

There is a real innocence, a sweetness almost, about "Bigger than The Sky." Portland, as portrayed here, has a small town quaintness that I question. Marcus Thomas, in the lead, layers on the "aw-shucks" earnestness a bit much for my taste--but overall turns in a competent performance. I'd have preferred more texture in his character, though, I don't feel that we see too much beyond the surface. He needed to be developed a little further to create more of an impact with this tale. We never hear his backstory or learn anything about his broken relationship that triggers this radical new life. He even, at one point, leaves his job--but it's never mentioned again and I was interested in the repercussions to this.

The other cast members are appealing. John Corbett is playful and interesting as Portland's premiere community theater actor. Amy Smart, often better than she is given credit for, is a realistic romantic interest for both guys. Patty Duke, Claire Higgins, and Alan Corduner are all believable and add much charm to the story. Only Sean Astin seems out of place. In a blustery performance (I get it, he is insufferable), toning things down would have enhanced the film immeasurably.

Overall, "Bigger" was a pleasant surprise. I enjoyed it as is--but with some tweaking, it could have been quite a treat. It's a fun diversion, however. If you have an interest in theater, especially, you should check this out. I'd rate it at about 3 1/2 stars which I'm rounding down because it would have been easy with this crew to make a much more substantial film. KGHarris, 11/06.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An offbeat and wistful look at the importance of creativity in our lives... 29 Aug 2005
By Rosamunde Browlocks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Do you love "Cyrano De Bergerac"? Are you a fan of community theatre? Has your life been a little dull lately? Then you might want to check out this little movie about a man whose job, love life and personality are dull and uninteresting, until, on a whim, he tries out for a community theatre production of "Cyrano", and through a strange turn of events, ends up as the lead, beating out the much more obvious choice of the character played by John Corbett. What follows are a lot of small bits that slowly add up to a whole: a shy, dull man being urged to let his true nature out; an actress being pursued by the same quiet man and the wilder actor she used to date; the previous director of the theatre, and his passionate attitude towards life and death; a very strange pair of twin sisters, both played by Patty Duke (!), who couldn't be more different; a flamboyant, hammy actor played by Sean Astin (coincidentally, Patty Duke's son); and the whole threadbare but sincere passion for acting that infuses the whole company. It's slow going for a bit - after all, the main character starts out as dull as dishwater, but he has to, for his character arc to work. I found it had a sweet, offbeat charm, though. If you're into independent movies, give this one a try.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic 19 Sep 2005
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Actor Al Corley directed this film about community theatre. Corley produced "Drowning Mona" with Bette Midler & Danny DeVito. Marcus Thomas who stars here as Peter Rooker played Midler's son in that film. Even though Thomas has acted in other films such as the street hustler in "Noel" with Susan Sarandon, his inexperience is SO convincing that you fully expect this to be his first film. The community theatre is producing "Cyrano de Bergerac" and the director Edwina wants to get to the "inner Cyrano" and decides to produce it without a nose. Edwina is played by Clare Higgins who starred in a couple horror flicks in the 80s ("Hellraiser" & "Hellbound: Hellraiser 2") as well as in "Stage Beauties" with Billy Crudup. She believes in Rooker until his inexperience seems to make him unable to produce a good performance. John Corbett who shined in TV's "Northern Exposure" and as the romantic lead in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" plays Michael, the semi-professional local theatre star whose Bohemian lifestyle leaves him living for the theatre. Amy Smart who shined in "Scotland PA," the tragicomedy adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" and also played with Ashton Kutcher in "Butterfly Effect" and with Owen Wilson & Ben Stiller in "Starsky & Hutch" does a great job as the local ingenue Grace who plays Roxanne in the local Cyrano production. Both Michael & Peter fall for Grace and vie for her affections. Michael lives with the former artistic director of the theatre named Kippy who now is dying of cancer. Kippy is played by Alan Corduner who was in "DeLovely" & "Vera Drake" in 2004 and seems to have pearls of wisdom before he dies. His memorial where his ashes are scattered in the theatre is an unusual moment. Greg Germann who was Fish on the Ally McBeal TV show plays Peter's boss and is less than understanding about Peter's newfound interest in theatre. Oscar winner Patty Duke ("The Miracle Worker" from 1962) plays two roles, Mrs. Keene the stage manager who is a retiring spinsterish woman and Earline who is the flashy push-up bra costumer. It's a fun dual role. Her real-life son Sean Astin who assumed legendary status as Samwise Gamgee in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy plays Ken Zorbell, the know-it-all actor who replaces Peter. When Duke locks Astin in the closet thus assuring Peter's opening night understudy performance, it's a rare mother-son scene. I enjoyed this show. It's a sweet domestic comedy with a great ensemble cast. It gives a great sense of how theatre people revel in the magic of performance. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Largely Implausible Account Of One Who Chose To Dare. 18 July 2006
By rsoonsa - Published on Amazon.com
While discussing this earnestly contrived comedic melodrama that he scripts and in part produces, Michigan playwright Rodney Vaccaro states that the scenario results from a reaction to the "9-11" occurrences, and that his intention here is to create a romantic detailing of events that will provide a storyline antithetical to the violence that marbles our lives, while including his fondness for community based non-professional theatre as apt background for the narrative. Peter Rucker (Marcus Thomas), a graphic designer with a marked personality deficit, is attempting to reconstitute his life after his girl friend has left him, doing so primarily through reading of self-help books, but is additionally attracted by a community theatre near to his place of employment that is advertising its auditions for Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, and since Peter's freshly imposed solitude has resulted in a surfeit of free time during his evenings, he determines to try out for a small part in the classic play. Although totally lacking stage experience, or even middling innate Thespic ability, the play's director has "seen something" in him and Peter is unaccountably selected, not simply as a member of the cast, but as Cyrano, the lead! Another member of the cast, Mike Degan (John Corbett), a very much experienced player, designates himself as Peter's mentor both during and between rehearsals; however, when Rucker begins to dally with Degan's former lover Grace (Amy Smart), the play's Roxanne, partly due to Mike's urging, the latter begins to resent his protégé, weakening their bond, and this, in addition to unforeseen difficulties in mounting the production, must be rectified before the looming opening night performance. Unfortunately, the film itself has troubles as well, and they are but seldom solved. First-time director Al Corley permits the action to meander, with fifth-billed Thomas, fresh-faced but largely unskilled, a less than engaging Peter Rucker who is, near the film's end, abruptly replaced by first-billed Corbett as linchpin of the story, ratified by his ongoing connections with all of the other principals. Although Peter is found to be completely inadequate as the featured performer, he quaintly is called upon to save the production after a newly appointed Cyrano becomes unavailable, an unconvincing gambit for one who, in reality, is only suitable for tech support or as a supernumerary. In spite of these factors that weaken the piece's credibility it, ostensibly shot in Portland, Oregon, provides a pleasing quality of fellowship evidenced within its small community theatre group, and it treats of many standard stage related elements, both technical and non. The film's most striking sequence is a splendidly realised ending that obviously was in the van of Vaccaro's creative impulses here, its preceding scenes for the most part subsequently crafted. Originally named CAUGHT IN THE ACT, the production had to relinquish that title as it had been allocated elsewhere. Although its box office take was low, a genuine affection for theatre is communicated throughout, and there is some rewarding conceptualization within Vaccaro's often literate screenplay, such as when the play's director, played by Clare Higgins, insists upon eschewing the work's customary emphasis upon Cyrano's proboscis in favour of an examination of his marrow. Even though Corbett is given a misguided rant in one scene against the plays of Shakespeare, he handily wins acting honours. Other meritable turns are to be enjoyed from the perfectly cast Higgins and her countryman Allan Corduner, who is given free rein. Patty Duke enjoys herself in a dual role, and Smart, who as an actress is an attractive young blonde, also enjoys herself. In sum, then, this is a blemished but yet pleasing tribute to all community theatre associations that, in words from Rostand, "work without one thought of gain or fame."
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