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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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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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You're only young once! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Lovitz got sick with flu in the midst of production and recovered a week later and called Penny Marshall and said he was good to come back and finish his "nothing" role. See more »

Goofs

when (old) Josh calls his mom, even in 1988 police, well by now FBI would have had some sort of track and trace on the phone line, and the film would have ended there with Josh being arrested at Macmillian. See more »

Quotes

Young Josh: I wish I were big.
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Alternate Versions

Some believe that a home video release of this movie in New Zealand included an alternate ending. The alternate ending allegedly shows young Josh sitting in his classroom at school when he turns around to notice a young female classmate of whom who he recognizes as Susan- who went back to the fairground machine and wished that she was Josh's age. Some claim that this version was also seen on Latin American television. The Book of Lists, Canadian Edition, 2005 includes the following account: "During test screenings, an additional scene was included at the end, in which Josh is back at school, and a new girl named Susan arrives. The implication is that Susan used the same machine to make herself young to grow up with Josh. Due to audience feedback, this scene was cut, and so the movie ends when Josh goes back home." See more »


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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Mercedes Ruehl while vacuuming
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This movie captures the innocence of youth beautifully
12 August 2002 | by toffeefanSee all my reviews

I saw this film again yesterday for what must now be the tenth or so time and it's a film that makes me stop whatever I'm doing and immerse myself in the unfolding story. Never mind the fact that I am by now familiar with the premise, which incidentally far exceeds similar ones of the genre released at this time - Vice Versa and 18 Again (the latter being truly dire).

I think this is one of Hanks' finest hours and see it as the pinnacle of his early pre-90's career. His later performance in Philadelphia would eclipse this role, although this was obviously more serious in its message.

It takes real talent to act the young boy in the body of a thirty something and Hanks' copes admirably, from the comical leaping around the bedroom when he is trying to put on the jeans of the child on discovering his transformation to the child-like reaction displayed on Perkins' advances toward him. He captures the essence of youthful innocence both in the company of his younger peers and older 'work' colleagues.

Elizabeth Perkins complements the performance of Hanks' and it seems a shame that on searching the database that her career perhaps hasn't mirrored the success of Hanks' since making 'Big'.

I don't know why, but I always shed a tear at the end of the film. Perhaps it is the longing in all of us to want to return to the days of our youth and that we cannot turn back the clock as one can in the imaginary world of film.

As I grow older, and watch my children grow-up it makes me realise that time is a precious commodity and that life is a gift that should be cherished and nurtured carefully. This film somehow reinforces these feelings.


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