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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 | new york city | toy | friend | See All (97) »


You're Only Young Once But For Josh It Might Just Last A Lifetime. 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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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The building used as the toy company office is now a Home Depot hardware store. See more »


When 30 year old Josh is on his job interview, the interviewer tells him that he "seemed to have forgotten a few numbers on his social security number." Josh apparently does not know his SSN and even makes up the last few numbers, which the interviewer writes down. If his SSN was indeed incorrect, then the payroll department of FAO Schwartz would have not been able to process any taxes from his paycheck, thereby he would have not received a paycheck when they were handed out. 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 The Holiday (2006) See more »


We Go Together
Written by Joel Frankel
Performed by Kimberly and Friends
Courtesy of Dance and Jingle Inc.
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might enter the "classic" category
30 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Saw this movie again recently and found that it stands up well to repeat viewings. Tom Hanks meets a difficult challenge here - to convincingly show us how a twelve-year old boy would act if he were trapped in an adult's body and had to "pass" in a grownup world. He meets the challenge in spades, aided by a script that is by turns witty, clever, insightful, and touching, and by Penny Marshall's able direction. Much is added by Robert Loggia's sympathetic portrayal of Tom/Josh's boss, and by Jared Rushton as his friend Billy. The movie is much more than an exercise in slapstick or farce: it is really a disquisition on the wonder of childhood. In the end it is quite touching, if not moving, reminding us all of the innocence of youth and the aching sadness of recalling its loss. Too early to tell, but the film might very well be destined to become a classic.

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