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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quisiera ser grande 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

The toy of a robot disguised as a skyscraper that Josh plays with, is based on the "Transformers" toy franchise which Transformer robots disguises themselves as vehicles. See more »

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The story seems to start in late October/early November and this is confirmed when both Billy accompanies Josh to a "birthday" party and his mother later mentions to Billy "...he had a birthday...". Given his "missing" information on the milk carton puts his birthday on January 20th, and tracing the time-line backwards with the company party that seems to be around Christmas, and the clerk giving a date of "6 weeks, maybe longer" for the location of the fair reports to become available, then the story probably started around Thanksgiving, went through Christmas, and ended sometime in late January/early November when Josh got his second wish... Yet, the foliage on the trees in New York is green and/or bright yellow indicating summer and fall. See more »

Quotes

Josh: [checking Billy's baseball cards] Got it, got it, need it, got it...
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Referenced in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Remember when we used to want to be big?
28 March 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

Ah, those were the days. All of us have done it. Wished we were older, so we could do more. Well, in the movie "Big", a child's wish to become big comes true.

Josh is a boy who is not tall enough to ride a roller coaster at a theme park. Humilated in front of a girl he likes, he goes to a "fortune telling" machine, and wishes he could be bigger. He wakes up the next day as a man. When everyone he knows throws him out of their lives, except his best friend, he goes into the adult world. Just by knowing what kids want in toys, he becomes a success in a toy company. He also manages to get a girl wanting him(even though he is completely oblivious to it). All he wants is be himself again.

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