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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
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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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

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 612,644 (Australia) (19 November 1988)

Gross:

$114,968,774 (USA)
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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

In preparation for the role, Tom Hanks met David Moscow and studied videotapes of him to see how he behaved and spoke. Hanks also felt that Moscow should just be himself so that the Josh Baskin character persona would be that of a real twelve-year-old. See more »

Goofs

When he wakes up as big Josh, his underwear seems the right size, but if he wore them the night before, they should surely have been too small for him? See more »

Quotes

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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Spoofed in Brickleberry: Write 'Em Cowboy (2014) See more »

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Heart and Soul
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser
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The Child in You.
28 December 2001 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

What we're talking about is a wonderful fantasy comedy about the child, who sleeps in everyone's soul and waits to get free. Superbly written scenes follow each other, not to mention Tom Hanks' performance, which should have been awarded. He seems to me the only contemporary actor, who was able to play the role of a 13-year-old teenager, who becomes an adult from one day to another. Elizabeth Perkins and especially John Heard form a strong supporting cast and this time they really support Hanks' work. This film bothers to talk about more important things, like the loss of innocence, friendship and the first love, not just tells a story about a boy in the big city. This was Hanks' star-making role after a string of stupid comedies in the middle 80s and he deservedly became one of the biggest stars of the 90s. And don't forget, this was his first film in his "outsider" series: he made his biggest successes playing somehow outsider figures: Sleepless in Seattle, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump or the Cast Away. Go and see it, you won't be disappointed even if you think you've lost the child inside you...with the help of this film you will find it. Believe me.


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