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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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Storyline

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 | new york city | toy | friend | See All (95) »

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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

Debra Winger was original considered for the Susan Lawrence role but could not take the part because she was pregnant at the time. She recommended Elizabeth Perkins. See more »

Goofs

When Josh and Paul are walking to the court, Paul says a line but his mouth clearly says something else. See more »

Quotes

Josh: [playing racketball] That was under the line.
Paul: What?
Josh: That was under the line. You said it had to be over the line on a serve.
Paul: No, I didn't.
Josh: Yeah you did. You said it had to be over the line on a serve.
Paul: No I did not, now give me the goddamn ball!
Josh: Well that's cheating.
Paul: Give me the Goddamn ball, will you?
Josh: No.
Paul: Give me the ball, you little shit.
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Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

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We Go Together
Written by Joel Frankel
Performed by Kimberly and Friends
Courtesy of Dance and Jingle Inc.
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Keeping Your Inner-Child
5 June 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This charming, sweet, hilarious gem of a film works because Tom Hanks makes you believe he actually is a small boy in the body of an adult.

The interesting trick of what makes the story appealing is not so much the magic that the boy gets his wish to be "big." It's that once he is in an adult, he has to navigate the adult world with the mind of a child -- and ultimately realizes that he is missing something if he makes the leap from boy to man without going through all the fun and the struggle in between. There are several other films that have the boy-to-man switch, but none of them have the depth of understanding about human nature that this film portrays.

The story is wonderfully written and directed, and Tom Hanks is a star. The film made me laugh, and it made me cry. What more can you ask of one movie?


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