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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 <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Penny Marshall became the first female director to ever direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million at the box office with this movie. See more »


The morning after Josh gets "big", he tries to convince his mom that he is really her son. He tells her that his birthday is November 3. Later, we see a milk carton with a "missing" advert on the side about Josh, which says his birthday is 1st January. 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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Written by Kimberly A. Bradstreet
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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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