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Big (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 June 1988 (USA)
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

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Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ...
Cynthia Benson
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Freddie Benson
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Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou ...
Derek
Gary Howard Klar ...
Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again?

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3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$114,968,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,668,774
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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

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(DuArt)

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1.85 : 1
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When Josh is watching television alone in his room, Gene Hackman can be seen. The movie is The French Connection (1971). See more »

Goofs

The story seems to start in late October/early November and this is confirmed when both Billy accompanies Josh to a "birthday" party and his mother later mentions to Billy "...he had a birthday...". Given his "missing" information on the milk carton puts his birthday on January 20th, and tracing the time-line backwards with the company party that seems to be around Christmas, and the clerk giving a date of "6 weeks, maybe longer" for the location of the fair reports to become available, then the story probably started around Thanksgiving, went through Christmas, and ended sometime in late January/early November when Josh got his second wish... Yet, the foliage on the trees in New York is green and/or bright yellow indicating summer and fall. See more »

Quotes

Interviewer: Where did you go to school?
Josh: It was called George Washington.
Interviewer: Oh G.W. My brother-in-law got his doctorate there. Did you pledge?
Josh: Yes. Every morning.
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The Way We Were
Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch
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User Reviews

 
Bittersweet and beautifully acted
22 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Tom Hanks is at his best -- as are the others in this wonderful movie. Manages to be lighthearted and profound at the same time. The individual scenes are funny and memorable (the boy in a man's body unabashedly devours the food at the office party, surrounded by the restrained and constrained adults), but the whole narrative works as well. Underrated by IMDb users, based on the ratings! If you haven't seen it, rent it next time you are in the mood for something fun.


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