Big Time

Big Time

Gravel-voiced blues singer/poet Tom Waits is seen on the road and in concert footage.

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Big Time


Documentary87 Mins1988PG

Combining performance footage of Tom Waits and his band with dramatic set pieces, this unique concert film showcases Waits' many talents. Waits plays a number of different characters in short vignettes, such as a ticket taker and a lighting operator. These scenes also incorporate Waits performing songs, which are taken mostly from his "Frank" albums. As the film moves across different areas of the theater, Waits also performs a series of monologues, demonstrating adept showmanship.


  • Offbeat
  • Crafty
  • Intricate