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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josh
... Susan
... MacMillan
... Paul
... Billy
... Young Josh
... Scotty Brennen
... Mrs. Baskin
... Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis ... Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block ... Freddie Benson
... Cynthia's Friend
... Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou ... Derek
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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You're only young once! See more »


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3 June 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande  »

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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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| (Todd-AO/Glen Glenn Sound)

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(DuArt)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges turned down the role of Josh Baskin. Interestingly Robert Loggia played MacMillan. Bridges and Loggia co-starred in Jagged Edge (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Josh first meets Billy, after turning older, a dodge-ball on the floor by Josh appears / disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Susan: [talking work at the office party] I thought if we could get everyone together.
MacMillan: Susan, have a drink. Have a couple of drinks. It's a party.
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Rebel Yell
Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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Keeping Your Inner-Child
5 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This charming, sweet, hilarious gem of a film works because Tom Hanks makes you believe he actually is a small boy in the body of an adult.

The interesting trick of what makes the story appealing is not so much the magic that the boy gets his wish to be "big." It's that once he is in an adult, he has to navigate the adult world with the mind of a child -- and ultimately realizes that he is missing something if he makes the leap from boy to man without going through all the fun and the struggle in between. There are several other films that have the boy-to-man switch, but none of them have the depth of understanding about human nature that this film portrays.

The story is wonderfully written and directed, and Tom Hanks is a star. The film made me laugh, and it made me cry. What more can you ask of one movie?


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