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Big -- 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 literally overnight.

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Director:
Writers:
Gary Ross (written by) &
Anne Spielberg (written by)
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Release Date:
3 June 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You're only young once! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Hanks ... Josh

Elizabeth Perkins ... Susan

Robert Loggia ... MacMillan

John Heard ... Paul

Jared Rushton ... Billy

David Moscow ... Young Josh

Jon Lovitz ... Scotty Brennen

Mercedes Ruehl ... Mrs. Baskin

Josh Clark ... Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ... Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block ... Freddie Benson
Erika Katz ... Cynthia's Friend

Allan Wasserman ... Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou ... Derek
Gary Howard Klar ... Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)
Alec Von Sommer ... First Brother
Chris Dowden ... Second Brother
Rockets Redglare ... Motel Clerk

Jaime Tirelli ... Spanish Voice (voice)

Paul Herman ... Schizo
Nancy Giles ... Administrative Woman
Jordan Thaler ... Administrative Clerk
Dana Kaminski ... Personnel Receptionist
Harvey Miller ... Personnel Director

Tracy Reiner ... Test Market Researcher

James Eckhouse ... Supervisor
Linda Gillen ... Woman in Red Dress
Mildred R. Vandever ... Receptionist
Bert Goldstein ... First Executive

Kevin Meaney ... Executive #2

Peter McRobbie ... Executive #3

Paul J.Q. Lee ... Executive #4

Debra Jo Rupp ... Miss Patterson
Keith Reddin ... Payroll Clerk (as Keith W. Reddin)
Lela Ivey ... Bank Teller
Dolores Messina ... Real Estate Agent
Gordon Press ... Moving Man
George J. Manos ... Limousine Driver

Vince Cupone ... Photon Laser Gunfighter (as Vinny Capone)
Susan Wilder ... Karen

John Rothman ... Phil
Judd Trichter ... Adam
Pasquale Pugliese ... Tenor / Dough Man
Tom Coviello ... Singing Waiter
Richard Devia ... Singing Waiter
Teddy Holiavko ... Singing Waiter
Augusto Mariani ... Singing Waiter
Alfredo Monti ... Singing Waiter
Sergio Mosetti ... Singing Waiter
Armando Penso ... Singing Waiter
Edward Schick ... Piano Player
F. Benjamin Stimler ... Boy in Leaves
Jonathan Isaac Landau ... Boy in Leaves
Samantha Larkin ... Girl Friend of Cynthia

Bruce Jarchow ... Photographer
Vaughn Sandman ... Boy on Baseball Field
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pawl Bazile ... Child at Taxi Stand (uncredited)

Brian J. Cano ... Basketball Player (uncredited)

Kevin Fennessy ... Handball Spectator (uncredited)

Matt Mindell ... Friend (uncredited)
Brooke Marie Procida ... Student (uncredited)
Karen Starr ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Penny Marshall 
 
Writing credits
Gary Ross (written by) &
Anne Spielberg (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Gary Ross .... co-producer
Anne Spielberg .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Howard Shore 
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barry Malkin 
 
Casting by
Paula Herold  (as Paula Herald)
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Santo Loquasto 
 
Art Direction by
Speed Hopkins 
Tom Warren 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Bode 
George DeTitta Jr.  (as George DeTitta)
 
Costume Design by
Judianna Makovsky 
 
Makeup Department
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Mickey Scott .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Todd Arnow .... production supervisor
Timothy M. Bourne .... assistant production manager (as Timothy Marshall Bourne)
Robert Greenhut .... unit production manager
Amy Herman .... production supervisor
Amy Lemisch .... post-production supervisor
Richard Sakai .... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sue Fellows .... dga trainee
Danny Irom .... second second assistant director
Ken Ornstein .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
 
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard illustrator
Jane Clark .... storyboard illustrator
Glenn Lloyd .... art department coordinator
James Mazzola .... property master
Jeff Mazzola .... assistant property master
Arne Olsen .... chief construction grip
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator
Michael Smith .... assistant art director
Cosmo Sorice .... stand-by scenic artist
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
Joseph Alfieri .... carpenter (uncredited)
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Scarola .... construction grip (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
James Ashwill .... foley recordist
Michael Bedard .... cable person (as Mike Bedard)
Tom Bellfort .... sound editor
Beth Bergeron .... supervising adr editor
Joe Dorn .... assistant sound editor
Jay Dranch .... sound editor
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
David Fechtor .... sound editor
Julie Feiner .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick .... assistant sound editor
Sukey Fontelieu .... sound editor
Avram D. Gold .... dialogue editor (as Avram Gold)
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Bobbe Kurtz .... sound editor (as Bobbe P. Kurtz)
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Cindy Marty .... sound editor
James Matheny .... sound editor
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jerry Ross .... supervising sound editor
Frank Smathers .... sound editor
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
Linda Whittlesey .... sound editor
Robert Yamamoto .... assistant sound editor (as Rob Yamamoto)
Brian Eddolls .... sound designer (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John DeBlau)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Michael Green .... assistant camera
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Tony C. Jannelli .... camera operator (as Anthony Jannelli)
Jay Levy .... assistant camera
John Lowry .... second grip
Bobby Mancuso .... assistant camera
Sal Martorano .... electrician
Russell Caldwell .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Richie Ford .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
Eric Leigh .... electrician (uncredited)
Peter John Petraglia .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Lance Shepherd .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Judie Fixler .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Ellen Lewis .... casting associate
Dawn Steinberg .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... extras casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
William A. Campbell .... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Bill Campbell)
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women
Elizabeth Shelton .... assistant to costume designer
Libby Titus .... wardrobe assistant
Andrea Wallace .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative matcher
Elizabeth Canney .... assistant film editor
Patrick Crane .... second assistant film editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Peter B. Ellis .... second assistant film editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elliot Abbott .... music coordinator
Walt Borchers .... scoring crew
Terry Brown .... scoring crew
Homer Denison .... orchestrator
Chuck Garsha .... scoring crew
Scott Grusin .... music editor
Jimmie Haskell .... additional music arranger
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... music scoring mixer
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Brian Eddolls .... music preparation (uncredited)
John Moses .... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Baratta .... location manager
Saul Bass .... title designer
Nicholas Bernstein .... location scout (as Nick Bernstein)
Patricia Birch .... choreographer
Diane Brooks .... production executive
Sam Bruskin .... studio manager
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
James A. Davis .... location scout (as James Davis)
Michael DeCasper .... production assistant
Lisa Fisher .... production assistant
Paul Germain .... production associate
Joseph Hartwick .... production associate
Thomas A. Imperato .... production auditor (as Thomas Imperato)
Craig Knizek .... production assistant
Amy Lemisch .... assistant: Penny Marshall
Deborah Lupard .... production assistant (as Debra Lupard)
Patty MacDonald .... executive assistant: James L. Brooks
Brian Mannain .... production assistant
J. Michael Mendel .... production assistant
Jan Nizen .... assistant production auditor
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title coordinator (as Jeff Okun)
Douglas S. Ornstein .... production assistant (as Doug Ornstein)
Lana Repp-Lewis .... assistant to co-producers (as Lana Lewis)
John Saffir .... production assistant
David Satin .... engineer: computer display
Scott Schaffer .... craft service
Bill Scheffer .... production assistant
Pamela Thur .... location scout
Sonia Villalba .... production assistant
Gilbert S. Williams .... location scout
Jack Winter .... special advisor
Paula Abdul .... choreographer (uncredited)
Elaine Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Carol Caldwell .... special thanks
Battle Davis .... special thanks
Ken Estin .... special thanks
Michi Kakutani .... special thanks
Garry Marshall .... special thanks
Monica Mcgowan Johnson .... special thanks (as Monica Johnson)
Polly Platt .... special thanks
Remo Saraceni .... thanks: walking piano
Pat Scott .... thanks: The New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min | 130 min (extended edition)
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Color:
Color (DuArt)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Stereo (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Josh accuses Paul of cheating at racquetball, Paul goes to grab Josh and Josh drops his racquet. After the cut the racquet is back in his hand and then he drops it again a few seconds later.See more »
Quotes:
Young Josh:I wish I were big.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "New Girl: Table 34 (#2.16)" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Figaro's AriaSee more »

FAQ

What are the words to Josh and Billy's hand game?
What are the differences between the Theatrical version and the Extended version? Is the British version uncensored?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Special, 19 November 2002
Author: ngorevic (ngorevic@yahoo.com) from New York City

For some reason this movie makes me well up with tears of joy every single second I'm watching it. I think it's the concept of adults discovering the children inside themselves. The simple innocence and well-meaning intent of josh baskins in this movie is like a magic elixir that changes everyone and everything he comes in contact with.

This movie is amazing because I saw it when it came out, when I was 13 years old, the same age as josh baskins in the movie, and I loved it then. It speaks to you as a child because it's completely realistic, everything is just the way a kid would see it. Most of the time when adults try to simulate what it's like to be a child, they fail miserably (see all the 80's anti-drug propaganda ads as an example). It takes an immense amount of creativity and sensitivity to be able to write something like this. But then when I see this movie as an adult, it speaks to me on a completely different level. This film is a lesson to adults as well as children. Don't miss out on the fun and spirit of life! Don't get to wrapped up in your petty concerns of status and materialism, just try to enjoy every moment the most that you can, because you'll never get another chance to relive each moment of your life.

Any of these fools that didn't like this movie are just that, they've probably missed out completely on the message because they can't remember what it was like to be a kid, to see the world as one big optimistic toy you're lucky to be able to play with. Think about that and see this movie again if you don't remember how amazing it is...

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