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Big (1988)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 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 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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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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Remember...When Buddies Were Buddies, Girls Were a Mystery, And You Couldn't Wait to Grow Up? See more »


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Trivia

Gary Busey auditioned for the Josh Baskin role. Coincidentally, Busey played another character named "Joshua" in Lethal Weapon (1987). See more »

Goofs

Tom Hanks has a visible 'smallpox vaccine scar' on his upper arm, (in the bathroom scene, after he wakes up as the older version of Josh Baskins). However, Josh Baskins was 12 /13 years old in 1987, making his date of birth 1974, two years after the 1972 halt of smallpox vaccines administered in the United States. A person born after 1972 who lacks a smallpox scar, wouldn't simply acquire one as they aged. Because Tom Hanks was born in 1956, he'd understandably have a small pox vaccination scar. See more »

Quotes

Josh: I'm much better at video hockey.
Paul: That's not a sport.
Josh: It requires hand and eye coordination.
Paul: It's not a sport if you don't sweat.
Josh: What about golf? It's a sport and you don't sweat.
Paul: It's not a sport if you let a machine do all the work.
Josh: What about car racing?
Paul: Shut up, Baskin.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Rebel Yell
Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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A terrific comedy/fantasy and great early role for Tom Hanks
6 March 2005 | by bppihlSee all my reviews

Tom Hanks earned his first Oscar nomination in the late 1980s with the Penny Marshall comedy/fantasy "Big." I saw it for the first time when I was about 9, and have loved it ever since. I like how it is aimed at both the kid and adult in all of us!

Young Josh Baskin (David Moscow) goes with his family to a carnival one evening, and sees the girl of his dreams. When he finally works up the nerve to talk to her, her date appears with her. Then, he does not meet the height requirement for the roller coaster ride he wants to go on. So, off he goes to a deserted part of the carnival to the "Zoltar" machine, a devil's head encased in glass, to "make his wish." He wishes he "were big." Suffice it to say, Josh wakes up the next morning to discover he is an adult (Tom Hanks). Mom (Mercedes Ruehl) thinks he kidnapped her son, and calls the police. Josh eventually convinces best friend Billy (Jared Rushton) that he (Josh) is his true 13-year-old self trapped in a man's body. They take off to New York, where Josh manages to get a job as a product tester for a large toy company. He befriends the boss (Robert Loggia), who likes Josh's understanding of the toys kids really like. However, Josh finds himself at odds with Paul (John Heard), vice president of marketing, who perceives Josh's simplistic views as an invasion of Paul's more experienced, competitive ways. Never fear, as successful co-worker Susan Lawerence (Elizabeth Perkins) finds comfort in Josh's views and company, and falls in love with him. But the more Josh experiences the privileges and responsibilities of adulthood, the more he longs for his youth again. Should he stay with Susan or find the Zoltar machine and wish to be a kid again?

An impressive film about growing up and making wishes. When you're a kid, you can't wait to grow up. But when you're an adult, you have to make sacrifices and accept responsibility, ideal and not-so-ideal. Also, be careful what you wish for, as you might get it! A Broadway musical version of "Big" opened in the mid-1990s. The piano dancing sequence is its trademark. I had the privilege to play the role of Paul (the John Heard character) in a summer musical production, and loved it! I highly recommend both the film and the musical!


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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,216,190, 5 June 1988

Gross USA:

$114,968,774

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,668,774
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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