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Big Business (1988)

PG | | Comedy | 10 June 1988 (USA)
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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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Two's company; four's a riot. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,112,577, 12 June 1988

Gross USA:

$40,150,487

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Jim Abrahams based one of the boardroom scenes on an experience he had had, when many employees of a large agency all tried to get him to sign with them. See more »

Goofs

When Sadie Ratliff spills the syrup on her white jacket, the syrup stain changes throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Graham Sherbourne: Roone, would you care to join us for dinner?
Roone: Well sure, I could use a tuny fish sandwich
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Crazy Credits

Seen about two-thirds of the way through the credits: Don't Go, It's Almost Over See more »

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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Ole Lady
Words and Music by Richard Wilbur
Special Lyrics by Marc Shaiman
Performed by Bette Midler (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
If you enjoy a good laugh...
30 August 2001 | by weird.person.dkSee all my reviews

...watch this movie!

Two newborn sets of identical twins are mixed up at the hospital - one pair from a rich family from New York, the other pair from a poor family of farmers from a small town called Jupiter Hollow. Raised in very different society classes, 30 years later they're coincidentally about to cross paths, as they're all staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York..

This is probably the most amusing movie I've ever seen - lots of funny remarks, scenes and situations - and Bette Midler is playing the role as the hotheaded Sadie (well, the two Sadies..) sooo good! One of those movies you can watch again and again!


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