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Big (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 3 June 1988 (USA)
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After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

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Penny Marshall
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Josh
Elizabeth Perkins ... Susan
Robert Loggia ... MacMillan
John Heard ... Paul
Jared Rushton ... Billy
David Moscow ... Young Josh
Jon Lovitz ... Scotty Brennen
Mercedes Ruehl ... Mrs. Baskin
Josh Clark ... Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis Kimberlee M. Davis ... Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block Oliver Block ... Freddie Benson
Erika Katz ... Cynthia's Friend
Allan Wasserman ... Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou Mark Ballou ... Derek
Gary Howard Klar Gary Howard Klar ... Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)
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Storyline

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again?

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Yesterday Josh Wanted Everything In Life - Girls...Money...Cars... Today, All His Wildest Dreams Have Come True! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$114,968,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,668,774
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Stereo (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis Quaid told Larry King that he turned down the part in "Big" because he wanted to do Everybody's All-American (1988). See more »

Goofs

When Josh and his boss are playing piano at the toy store, Josh throws a bag down on the ground before playing. When Josh and his boss leave Josh leaves the bag on the ground and doesn't take it with him. See more »

Quotes

Susan: All he said was he didn't get it.
Paul: [Mimicking Josh] "I don't get it." "I don't get it". "Let's make it a bug".
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 2 secs to remove one use of the word 'fuck' for a PG certificate. The cut was restored in the 2007 12-rated Family Fun DVD edition. See more »

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Moonlight Serenade
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In "Big", it's the little things that count
13 December 1998 | by Angel-77See all my reviews

"Big" is a magnificent movie. Tom Hanks portrays a young boy trapped in the body of a grown man. Imagine one morning, to find yourself trapped in an unfamiliar body. Mr. Hanks creates a vivid character and plays a convincing role as a 13 year old boy who has to deal with the confusion of this sudden change. The child shines through the grown man throughout the movie, in classic scenes such as his first day on the job at the MacMillan Toy Company when he curls his legs underneath him to sit at his desk, and at the company cocktail party when the entire staff chuckles at his choice in tuxedo and his first reaction is to check the fly on his white-sequined pants. Also his nervousness and restlessness during a marketing meeting, and the way he holds up his hand and waits to be called on before making a comment, are all childlike actions. Such small details are what make the character so convincing and Tom Hanks pulls it off brilliantly.


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