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Big Business (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 10 June 1988 (USA)
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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$40,150,487 (USA)
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To prepare for her performance as Rose Shelton, actress-comedian Lily Tomlin just before the cameras rolled before a take would whiz around in a circle several times until she got dizzy so as to exhibit the air-headed qualities of this character. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Judy: [assuming she is speaking to Rose Shelton] Hi, Rose, how's Duke doing?
Rose Ratliff: Duke! My dog? Boy, when you go snoopin' into people's lives you don't miss a trick do you?
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »

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MUSIC BOX DANCER
Written by Frank Mills
Vocal arrangement by Marc Shaiman
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The Big Mix Up
21 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The 1988 film "Big Business," directed by Jim Abrahams, stars two well-known actresses, Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, who both play duel roles of twins mixed up at birth in the 1940s. The names chosen for both sets of twins were Rose and Sadie. The Shelton twins were born to a wealthy couple from New York; the Ratliff twins are from a low-income family that lived in Jupiter Hollow. One of the Shelton twins was given to the Ratliff family and vice-versa. Jump forty plus years to the 1980s. The Shelton twins inherited their father's corporation Moramax in New York City, and the Ratliff twins work at the Hollow-Made Factory in Jupiter Hollow, the town in which they were born. Moramax is planning to shut down the factory and to strip-mine Jupiter Hollow. The Ratliff's come to New York City to save the factory and town from the Shelton's corporation. Both the Ratliff's and Shelton's stay in the Plaza Hotel in NYC, not knowing their real twins were also there. They end up meeting each other right before Moramax's big meeting, and Rose Shelton agrees with Sadie and Rose Ratliff to save the factory and Jupiter Hollow.

"Big Business" presents two central ideas. One idea is that two sets of twins can be born on the same night in the same hospital can be switched at birth and can meet one another later in life. Another idea would be that the "big guy" doesn't always win. The "big guy" in this movie would be the Moramax corporation and the "little guy" would be the Hollow-Made Factory. I say this because at the end of the movie the Ratliff's end up saving their town and factory from the Shelton's large corporation.

I thought that this movie was hilarious; it receives five stars. I watch this movie over and over and never seem to get tired of it. I loved how both Midler and Tomlin play two completely opposite roles, redneck and snobbish. The southern accents (in my opinion) were excellent. This movie is similar to the "Green Acres" television show, only the rednecks end up in New York City. I wish that the director would make a sequel to see how Jupiter Hollow, the factory, and Moramax are doing.


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