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The BFG (2016)

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An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.



(screenplay), (book)
948 ( 283)
4 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Maidmasher / Cook (as Olafur Darri Olafsson)
Manhugger / Lout #1
Butcher Boy / Danish Driver (as Michael David Adamthwaite)
Bonecruncher / Lout #2
Childchewer / Pub Landlord
Gizzardgulper / Late Night Walker
Meatdripper / Lout #3


Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world is more giant than you can imagine. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Valley  »

Box Office


$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,584,969 (USA) (3 July 2016)


$55,483,770 (USA)

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The BFG (2016) is the third Steven Spielberg directed cinema movie to feature an acronym as or part of the title after A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). It's his first one not to explain the meaning of the letters i.e. The Big Friendly Giant. See more »


During the opening when Sophie is reading her book she uses a torch with an obvious LED bulb. The film is set in 1983, way before LED torches were a thing. See more »


[from trailer]
Sophie: It was the Witching Hour, when the Boogeyman comes out... when people go missing. The girls say the Witching Hour arrives at midnight. I think it comes at three in the morning, when I'm the only one awake. Like always. Like now.
[hears a noise]
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Crazy Credits

"For our Melissa." See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #33.57 (2016) See more »


Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (uncredited)
Performed by The Central Band of The Royal British Legion
Courtesy of Clovelly Recordings Ltd.
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not Spielberg's best
18 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is a 10 year old English orphan. At the witching hour, Sophie spots the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who takes her to the Giant world to avoid her alerting the public of their presence. The BFG is actually a vegetarian and the runt of the group. The other giants are bigger, bullies the BFG, and eat human beings. The BFG collects dreams and Sophie comes up with an idea to warn The Queen by manufacturing a nightmare about the human-eating giants.

The Giant world is intriguing both visually and in substance. There may be some holes but it still works. Little Sophie has the required cuteness mixed with a pluckiness. Rylance is great. The adventure could be a lot more adventurous. There is turn before the third act which takes the magic of the story and plants it squarely into the modern world at a specific time. There is one fun joke but mostly, the story loses its magic. There is a way for the movie to fully satisfy its dark fable core but it seems to lose that thread. The movie is still fine but it's missing a truly heartfelt drama. The major difficulty is any comparison to Spielberg's earlier classics. The feeling is different and this will not be one of his celebrated best.

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