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


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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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Sound Mix:

| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the film, Josh comes up with the brilliant idea of robots that transform into prehistoric, giant insects. His description is nearly identical to the Insecticons, a group of robots from The Transformers toy line. The Insecticon toys were released three years before the film. See more »


When Josh and his boss are playing piano at the toy store, Josh throws a bag down on the ground before playing. When Josh and his boss leave Josh leaves the bag on the ground and doesn't take it with him. See more »


Scotty Brennen: See that girl over there in the red? Say "hi" to her and she's yours. She'll have her legs around you so tight you'll be begging for mercy.
Josh: Well, I'll stay away from her, then.
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Referenced in Bones: The Woman at the Airport (2006) See more »


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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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