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Big (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  3 June 1988 (USA)
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When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body.

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A young boy makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 12-year-old boy inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown-ups including getting a job and having his first romantic encounter with a woman. What will he find out about this strange world? Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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wish | job | friend | best friend | toy | See more »

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You're only young once! See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$114,968,774 (USA)
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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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The film's budget was estimated at $17 million. See more »

Goofs

In the closing credits where acknowledgments are given to entities who assisted in the production, the entry for "FAO Schwarz" is spelled "FAO Schwartz." See more »

Quotes

Billy: [noticing a dingy hotel that says "St. James"] This one looks all right.
Josh: No, it doesn't.
Billy: St. James, Josh! It's religious.
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Figaro's Aria
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Written by Gioachino Rossini (as Gioachino Antonio Rossini)
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Bittersweet and beautifully acted
22 December 2003 | by (United States) – 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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