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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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10 June 1988 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Bum: There's two of everyone in there.
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »

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Features Dynasty (1981) See more »

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Pennies from Heaven
Written by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Arthur Johnston (as A. Johnson)
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A hilarious, stylish comedy.
5 September 2002 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

"Big Business" is a hilarious, stylish comedy starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin as two sets of twins mixed at birth. One mixed set has a successful company in New York City. The other mixed set lives a simpler life in the country. The Sadie twins (Bette Midler) desire the highlife of the city; with its glitz and glamour. So, the Sadie living in the country jumps at the chance to go to New York City when her "sister" Rose needs to travel there to save their local place of employment. The Rose twins (Lily Tomlin) desire a slower way of life, and the Rose living in New York City has never felt like she belonged there. What happens next is a comedy of errors and mixed identity as the Rose and Sadie from the country prepare to do battle with the company run by the Sadie and Rose of the city. Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin both shine in their roles. The finely acted supporting cast includes Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, and Michael Gross. The movie was very well written and filmed. The use of the trick photography when both sets of twins are together looks great. The comedy in "Big Business" is constant with its sight gags and humor ranging from cheery and campy to slick and nicely sophisticated. "Big Business" is delightful, and a comedy that's hard to outsnake when it comes to laughter.


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