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Big (1988)

PG  |   |  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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

wish | job | new york city | toy | friend | See All (97) »


Have you ever had a really big secret? See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$114,968,774 (USA)

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| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded. See more »


Big Josh hands the baby his wallet while she is in the playpen, yet when he picks her up, it is no longer in the playpen with her. See more »


Susan: All he said was he didn't get it.
Paul: [Mimicking Josh] "I don't get it." "I don't get it". "Let's make it a bug".
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Referenced in V/H/S (2012) See more »


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Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser
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Big classic, big enjoyment
4 October 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I don't even dare to guess how many times I've seen "Big" but if you ask me to watch it with you I'll be glad to join you anytime. Still, after hugely successful smash hits like "Forrest Gump", "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Green mile" this remains to be one of Tom Hanks' greatest movies ever. Not only that but it's definitely one of the funniest films of the 80's. It's timeless, entertaining, moving, splendidly written and stylishly directed classic. If you haven't seen this marvelous 14 year old first rate comedy try to find it out as fast as you can. Tom Hanks is spectacular!

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