Big Business (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  10 June 1988 (USA)
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Primus ...
Iona Ratliff
J.C. Quinn ...
Garth Ratliff
Norma MacMillan ...
Nanny Lewis
Desk Clerk
Hotel Manager


In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory. Written by Col Needham <>

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Mixed up at birth, two sets of twins finally meet their match.




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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sopa de gemelas  »

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$40,150,487 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Second of two consecutive movies with a connection to William Shakespeare for actress-comedian Bette Midler. The title of Midler's previous film, Outrageous Fortune (1987), was derived from a passage in "Hamlet" whilst Midler's next picture, Big Business (1988), had a plot loosely derived from "The Comedy of Errors". See more »


At the beginning of the movie, Bette Midler sings a "Hello Jupiter Hollow" song. As she gets up from the stool where she is milking the cow, she nearly falls over. Also, When Bette Midler goes to see the desk clerk before her "night on the town" she is seen wearing a orange angora wrap. In the first shot it is open, in the second wrapped and covering the upper part of her body, and then in the third shot it is open again. See more »


Rose Shelton: I hate my job... I hate shopping... I hate New York in June. How about you?
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Version of The Boys from Syracuse (1940) See more »


Written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings
Performed by Steve Winwood
Courtesy of Island Records
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Excellent Movie!
5 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie is a real must-see, especially if you are a fan of either Bette Midler or Lily Tomlin. Throughout the story you're either smiling, laughing or having a good old giggle, it's an original storyline (how often do we see that!), with subtle themes of strong, wholesome values - not so much so that its offensive or boring though. If you want to smile and spend a fun evening in, then this is the movie for you - watch out for the mirror scene with Bette Midler, silly but very funny. Two great actresses with style, a sense of fun and a lot of talent, pull this movie off to make it one of my all time, favourite DVD's. Enjoy!

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