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Big Business (1988)

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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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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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The name of the big business was a conglomerate called "Moramax". The name is similar to the name of real-life film company "Miramax", who at the time of the production of this picture, had been an independent group since 1979, and remained one until 1993 when The Walt Disney Company acquired it. Ironically, Big Business (1988) was produced by Touchstone Pictures which is a brand of The Walt Disney Company. See more »


When Jason "Sly" is leaving the envelope of money it clearly says Sadie Shelton on it. When Sadie Ratliff is in the room showing Rose the money the envelope only says Sadie. See more »


Roon Dimmick: That's some classical music you got there, right?
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Words and Music by Richard Wilbur
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Situational Humor, Strong Point of View
12 November 2005 | by (Harpers Ferry, WV USA) – See all my reviews

I rushed right out and located the DVD of "Big Business," even though I knew that Disney had a bad reputation for minimal value in extras on their DVD releases. That situation has improved over time, and seeing BB in wide screen made it all worthwhile. This movie started out funny for me and has gotten better with repeated viewings. It has an excellent pedigree with Jim Abrahams directing and Dean Cundey manning the camera, and the leads are definitely up to the challenge of dualie roles.

It is unusual for a comedy to have the strong viewpoint and values expressed in this movie. Fred Ward's Rune talks about the simple pleasures of living in the rural country and you know that somebody involved with the script knew those pleasures personally. The characters rarely become stereotypes. Even the secondary characters are treated with respect.

Dean Cundey, Director of Photography, must have been specializing in trick photography as he went on to shoot "Back to the Future 2" and "3" with even better results. The effects budget for BB was high enough to keep the believability intact.

To me this is an all-around enjoyable light comedy.

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