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Big Business (1988)

 -  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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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 <col@imdb.com>

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

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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Sopa de gemelas  »

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$40,150,487 (USA)
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The production company couldn't get the rights to film at the actual Plaza Hotel in New York, so it had it recreated on sound stages. To recoup construction costs, Disney built a sitcom around it, The Nutt House (1989). It was an expensive flop. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Dr. Parker is handed the glass of cider by Nanny Lewis, and he sips it, there's only a tiny bit left. But when Mr. Stokes comes in with the Sheltons moments later, it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Parker: [about to give Binky Shelton a shot] Don't worry, it will only take one little prick.
Binky Shelton: That's what got me into this trouble in the first place!
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »

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Version of The Comedy of Errors (1989) See more »

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MUSIC BOX DANCER
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Vocal arrangement by Marc Shaiman
Performed by The Trinidad Serenaders Steel Band
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Terribly underrated
2 April 2003 | by (St. Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Terribly underrated, this little comic jewel may rank with 'Clue' and 'Noises Off!' as one of the greatest film farces ever. Repeat viewings reveal an attention to detail one wouldn't expect from a big-budget comedy of this period, and most of the jokes work very well indeed. As others have pointed out, the film resists the temptation to stereotype its characters, and the script is wonderfully quotable. If the resolution seems a little silly, well, what did you expect?

As for the performances, I know Pauline Kael said this was Midler's movie, but for my money there's no question that Lily Tomlin's the star of the show, especially as country Rose. Her delivery of such simple lines as 'Boy, are you bossy' and 'I am gonna kick yer ass' are priceless. Highly recommended; it gets funnier every time. 8.5 out of 10.


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