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Larger Than Life (1996)

A motivational speaker discovers that the inheritance his father left for him is in the form of an elephant.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Event Coordinator
Richard Alan Baker ...
Richie Allan ...
Man in Audience
Kimberly Thornton ...
Pyramid Woman
Alex Neiwerth ...
Alfa-Betty Olsen ...
Party Guest
Trowbridge Bowers
Tai ...
Jeannine Hutchings ...
Outraged Woman


Motovational Speaker Jack Corcoran is determined to get his career off the ground, but the biggest gigs he can get are the ones nobody wants. Then one day, he receives a telegram that his circus clown father has passed away, and has left a "huge" inheritance. When he gets there, he finds that his inheritance has come in the form of a elephant that was his father's pride and joy in circus acts. His main intention is to sell the pacaderm off. Jack must choose between loud and rude zookeeper Mo or attractive animal show owner Terry. As the two trek through the country Jack and the elephant develop a bond, and it changes his approach on life for the better. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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He's got 5 days to go coast-to-coast. (There's just one BIG problem.)


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Large as Life  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,779,504 (USA) (1 November 1996)


$8,289,972 (USA) (13 December 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airport scene was filmed I. Location in San Joe, CA ( SJC) . See more »


As they are hitch-hiking, a truck pulls over and you can Bill have to step over the track for the camera dolly. See more »


Jack Corcoran: I must be in love,I just lied about my sign.
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Referenced in Ho Ho Nooooooo!!! It's Mr. Bill's Christmas Special! (1996) See more »


Written by Leon Payne
Performed by Jack Kittel
Courtesy of Ginn Music Group
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Better than I thought it would be
21 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

As with most animal/comedian movies, I thought this one would be a bomb. However, it wasn't as bad as I expected. The plot is decent and the funny parts are mostly funny, instead of just stupid. Kids and adults both will enjoy the elephant and the occasional outdoor scene, as Bill Murray and his new friend trek across the beautiful American countryside. This movie also touches on serious topics like animal abuse. Bill Murray is funny as usual and Matthew McConaughey puts in an unusual and funny performance. This movie isn't going to win any Oscars, but provides good entertainment, without resorting to sex or violence. I gave it 7 out of 10.

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