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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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Fabio Alberici
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Michael
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Dr. Jay Marshall
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Hunt Shelton
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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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Sopa de gemelas  »

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$40,150,487
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Trivia

The two characters played by Lily Tomlin, Rose Ratliff and Rose Shelton, are both first named "Rose". Co-star Bette Midler once starred in a movie called The Rose (1979) where her character was called Mary Rose Foster and nicknamed 'The Rose'. Midler later played another Rose-named character, Mama Rose, in Gypsy (1993), the television version of the classic Broadway musical, and a remake of the earlier Gypsy (1962). In one scene in Big Business (1988), Midler's character is asked whether she wants roses or tulips in the hotel room. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Judy: [assuming she is speaking to Rose Shelton] Hi, Rose, how's Duke doing?
Rose Ratliff: Duke! My dog? Boy, when you go snoopin' into people's lives you don't miss a trick do you?
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Seen about two-thirds of the way through the credits: Don't Go, It's Almost Over 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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Two Bettes are better than one
20 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Why doesn't Bette Midler make movies like this anymore? This is the second most watched film that I own (Death Becomes Her being the first). Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler are on top form here (watch Bette's sudden change of expression as she orders a Campari and soda) and work wonderfully together.

Aside from the mini-golf tournament scene (which I would shorten) there isn't a thing that I would change about this movie.

It ranks up there with Ruthless People and Outrageous Fortune as Bette's best work.


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