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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 USA:

$3,779,504, 3 November 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,289,972, 15 December 1996
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airport scene was filmed in the San José, California airport. 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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1996 (1997) See more »


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Written by Tiesco Del Rey
Performed by Tiesco Del Rey
Courtesy of Upstart Sounds
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Classic film making, one of Murray's best and what a grand sidekick!
11 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Jack Corcoran (Bill Murray) is a small-time motivational speaker whose manager (Jeremy Piven) is trying to get him bigger gigs. Mr. C's mantra and book is called Get Over It, as Jack personally had a broken childhood that proved difficult. You see, his father drowned when Jack was a boy and his mother (Anita Gillette) raised him as a single parent. Now, however, Jack is an aspiring Anthony Robbins with a beautiful fiancée. Hold the phone! A lawyer contacts Jack by letter to tell him his father recently passed away and left him an inheritance. WHat ? ? Mom admits she lied to Jack because his father, Kirby, was too irresponsible to hold down a job, so she left him and invented the tragic tale of his demise. But, hey, maybe money can heal so Jack travels to the east coast to visit the lawyer. After some tricky moves by this attorney, Jack signs a contract. But, Holy Dumbo Batman, Jack has just inherited a circus elephant named Vera. It seems papa's last job was with the circus and his great act included a trained elephant. What the heck is Jack going to do with a pachyderm? Yet, he must take possession of Vera immediately. After spending the night in a junkyard with Vera, Jack finds out that a zookeeper in Los Angeles would like Vera very much, as she is returning some elephants to their natural habitat. Thus, the cross country trip of trips begins. From raiding a whole salad bar for the elephant's meals to riding in cattle car, Jack and Vera try to make it to the west coast in time. Will they? This darling film is an instant classic. Murray has rarely been better than this ordinary Joe thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Piven, Gillette, Janeane Garafolo, and all the other cast members are fine, too. As for the elephant Vera, what a charmer with loads of talent. She makes everyone WISH they had such an inheritance come their way. With a broad, attractive look at the various regions of the USA, as the viewer follows the duo's trip, the scenery is a pleasure, too. Please get this great movie for you and your loved ones in the very near future. Its a first choice for the whole family, young and old.

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