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Big Business (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 10 June 1988 (USA)
In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sadie Shelton / Sadie Ratliff
... Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
... Roone Dimmick
... Graham Sherbourne
... Fabio Alberici
... Chuck
... Michael
... Dr. Jay Marshall
... Binky Shelton
... Hunt Shelton
... Iona Ratliff
... Garth Ratliff
Norma MacMillan ... Nanny Lewis
... Desk Clerk
... Hotel Manager
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In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Mixed up at birth, two sets of twins finally meet their match.

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$40,150,487
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One of two 1988 live-action movies starring actress-comedian Bette Midler. The other picture was Beaches (1988). Both were made by Touchstone Pictures. Midler also did some voice work for Touchstone's parent brand Disney's Oliver & Company (1988) released in the same 1988 year. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Bette Midler sings a "Hello Jupiter Hollow" song. As she gets up from the stool where she is milking the cow, she nearly falls over. Also, When Bette Midler goes to see the desk clerk before her "night on the town" she is seen wearing a orange angora wrap. In the first shot it is open, in the second wrapped and covering the upper part of her body, and then in the third shot it is open again. See more »

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Binky Shelton: How in God's name could you drive me out here to Hickville, West Virginia when I'm fourty months pregnant?
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »

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Version of Festival: The Comedy of Errors (1964) See more »

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On Broadway
Written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by George Benson
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Terribly underrated
2 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Terribly underrated, this little comic jewel may rank with 'Clue' and 'Noises Off!' as one of the greatest film farces ever. Repeat viewings reveal an attention to detail one wouldn't expect from a big-budget comedy of this period, and most of the jokes work very well indeed. As others have pointed out, the film resists the temptation to stereotype its characters, and the script is wonderfully quotable. If the resolution seems a little silly, well, what did you expect?

As for the performances, I know Pauline Kael said this was Midler's movie, but for my money there's no question that Lily Tomlin's the star of the show, especially as country Rose. Her delivery of such simple lines as 'Boy, are you bossy' and 'I am gonna kick yer ass' are priceless. Highly recommended; it gets funnier every time. 8.5 out of 10.


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