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Big Business (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 10 June 1988 (USA)
Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.

Director:

Jim Abrahams

Writers:

Dori Pierson, Marc Reid Rubel (as Marc Rubel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Midler ... Sadie Shelton / Sadie Ratliff
Lily Tomlin ... Rose Shelton / Rose Ratliff
Fred Ward ... Roone Dimmick
Edward Herrmann ... Graham Sherbourne
Michele Placido ... Fabio Alberici
Daniel Gerroll ... Chuck
Barry Primus ... Michael
Michael Gross ... Dr. Jay Marshall
Deborah Rush ... Binky Shelton
Nicolas Coster ... Hunt Shelton
Patricia Gaul ... Iona Ratliff
J.C. Quinn ... Garth Ratliff
Norma MacMillan Norma MacMillan ... Nanny Lewis
Joe Grifasi ... Desk Clerk
John Vickery ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sopa de gemelas See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$40,150,487
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie won in 1989 the American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) awarded to actress-comedian Bette Midler. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Dr. Parker is handed the glass of cider by Nanny Lewis, and he sips it, there's only a tiny bit left. But when Mr. Stokes comes in with the Sheltons moments later, it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

Sadie Ratliff: Isn't it exciting?
Rose Ratliff: Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!
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Triplets try to check into the hotel. See more »


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Higher Love
Written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings
Performed by Steve Winwood
Courtesy of Island Records
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North and South
14 April 2002 | by sampleman411-1See all my reviews

Two pairs of mismatched identical twins (you'll understand this term when you see this movie) grow up in different American cities. One pair (Midler and Tomlin) grow up in Manhattan, the other pair (played by the same actresses) grow up in their Southern hillbilly birthplace, "Jupiter Hollow." Although this comedy lacks in some departments, it's still worth a viewing. Midler and Tomlin do an admirable job switching personalities... the rich-bungling Tomlin is a perfect match, personality wise, for the podunk Midler; and the rich-snobby Midler is the worthy challenge for the podunk-spunk of Tomlin (again, you'll understand this when you see it).


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