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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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Fabio Alberici
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Michael
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Dr. Jay Marshall
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Hunt Shelton
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Iona Ratliff
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Garth Ratliff
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Nanny Lewis
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Desk Clerk
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Hotel Manager
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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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Trivia

The two characters played by Lily Tomlin, Rose Ratliff and Rose Shelton, are both first named "Rose". Co-star Bette Midler once starred in a movie called The Rose (1979) where her character was called Mary Rose Foster and nicknamed 'The Rose'. Midler later played another Rose-named character, Mama Rose, in Gypsy (1993), the television version of the classic Broadway musical, and a remake of the earlier Gypsy (1962). In one scene in Big Business (1988), Midler's character is asked whether she wants roses or tulips in the hotel room. See more »

Goofs

When Sadie and Rose are square dancing on stage, the man sitting in the first row has on dark Nike sneakers. The next shot of him shows him in white shoes and when the dancing moves to the audience, he is again in his dark shoes. See more »

Quotes

Rose Shelton: I hate my job... I hate shopping... I hate New York in June. How about you?
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »

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Version of The Boys from Syracuse (1986) See more »

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On Broadway
Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by George Benson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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