Just before the cameras rolled on each of her Rose Shelton scenes, actress-comedian Lily Tomlin would spin around in a circle several times until she got dizzy, in order to exhibit the air-headed qualities of this character.
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.
Second of two consecutive movies with a connection to William Shakespeare for actress-comedian Bette Midler. The title of Midler's previous film, Outrageous Fortune (1987), was derived from a passage in "Hamlet" whilst Midler's next picture, Big Business (1988), had a plot loosely derived from "The Comedy of Errors".
After the two sets of mis-matched twins meet for the first time, country Sadie comments about city Sadie, "Isn't she divine?" An obvious reference to Bette Midler's stage and screen title,"Divine Miss M".
The name of the place in West Virginia where both sets of twins were born was "Jupiter Hollow". "Jane Lew", the town where the doctor provides direction to the closest hospital, is an actual town in West Virginia. "Jupiter Hollow" is a commune, less than eight miles from "Jane Lew", in the town of Weston, WV.
Second and final [to date, August 2013] of two films that director Jim Abrahams has made with actress-comedian Bette Midler. The first had been Ruthless People (1986) made and first released about a couple of years earlier.
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 was a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
One of two 1988 live-action movies starring actress-comedian Bette Midler. The other picture was Beaches (1988). Both were made by Touchstone Pictures. Midler also did some voice work for Touchstone's parent brand Disney's Oliver & Company (1988) released in the same 1988 year.
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.