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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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Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ...
Cynthia Benson
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Freddie Benson
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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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Remember...When Buddies Were Buddies, Girls Were a Mystery, And You Couldn't Wait to Grow Up? See more »


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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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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

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(DuArt)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The football jersey Susan is wearing to bed is a NY Jets Jersey with #99 on it. At that time Mark Gastineau wore #99 for the Jets. See more »

Goofs

when (old) Josh calls his mom, even in 1988 police, well by now FBI would have had some sort of track and trace on the phone line, and the film would have ended there with Josh being arrested at Macmillian. See more »

Quotes

Young Josh: I wish I were big.
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Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Workin' for a Livin'
Written by Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, and Huey Lewis
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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Growing up as a lesson of life
9 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is great. I mean, really. That's what every boy dreams of - becoming an adult overnight! It's absolutely gorgeous to see Tom Hanks' performance - that's real acting, it requires a lot to play this part as genuinely and cordial as he did. The message is so clear and so honest. The nostalgic edge is of such profound significance to the story. It's about the differences between being a kid and being an adult. It's about two very different perceptions of the same world that surrounds us. It's just us and how we make the best out of every day of our lives, and all it needs is to see the world through the eyes of a kid. A kid perceives all the things differently, with much more native and modest simplicity - the keystone to imagination and magic, the keystone to cherish the daily miracles in our lives. This movie has a deep and very pervasive message. It has so much charm and vitality mingled with nostalgia and witchcraft. One of those movies I enjoyed watching when I was a kid. Recommended.


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