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Big (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 June 1988 (USA)
After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

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Cast

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Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ...
Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block ...
Freddie Benson
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Cynthia's Friend
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Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou ...
Derek
Gary Howard Klar ...
Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again?

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Yesterday Josh Wanted Everything In Life - Girls...Money...Cars... Today, All His Wildest Dreams Have Come True! See more »


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Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$114,968,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,668,774
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| (extended edition)

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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

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(DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was first developed in 1984. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Josh: What's this?
Scotty Brennen: Pay day.
Josh: [Opens up the envelope and looks at his check] A HUNDRED AND EIGHTY SEVEN DOLLARS?
Scotty Brennen: Yeah. They really screw you don't they?
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Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mercedes Ruehl while vacuuming
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Bittersweet and beautifully acted
22 December 2003 | by 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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