18 user 8 critic
A young orphan girl, Sophie, gets taken away to a faraway land populated by Giants and Dreams.



(novel), (adaptation)

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
The BFG (voice)
Sophie (voice)
Don Henderson ...
Mary (voice)
Mr. Tibbs (voice)
Myfanwy Talog ...
Mrs. Clonkers (voice)
Jimmy Hibbert ...
Additional Voices (voice)


Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the B.F.G. (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities, and whisked away to Giant Country. She is soon put at ease, as she learns that B.F.G.'s job is to collect, catalogue and deliver pleasant dreams to children. She joins him that night, but the mean giants follow them, planning to eat the children. Sophie enlists the help of the Queen, by making up a dream for her, and with the backing of the armed forces, they defeat the mean giants. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A full-length animated feature film from the creators of Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows See more »


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

5 November 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The BFG  »


Box Office


£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,405,055 (United Kingdom), 7 November 1987
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (theatrical print)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


David Jason was not considered for a BAFTA nomination for his voice work and performance on the film. See more »


BFG states that humans are the only animal to kill each other. In fact, there are a vast number of animals which kill other animals of the same species. Cats, which the BFG specifically mentions, are well known for killing members of their own species (BFG has said that he has little education.) See more »


Head Of The Army: The strategy is quite simple Your Majesty. Tanks!
Head Of The Air Force: Tanks? Nonsense. Bombs!
Head Of The Army: Bombs? Ridiculous. Tanks... and heavy artillery!
Head Of The Air Force: Artilley? Piffle. Next thing you'll be wanting bally cavalry too.
Head Of The Army: Tanks, artillery and cavalry! That'll do it!
Head Of The Air Force: Modern warfare ma'am demands modern technology. Low-level assault bombers to get under their radar. High-explosive bombs... heat-seeking rockets, and pow! We'll blow them to pieces!
Head Of The Army: It's an old fashioned enemy ma'am, we need good old fashioned tactics! Shut them up...
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits roll over stills from the movie. See more »


Spoofed in The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #2.6 (2009) See more »


Sometimes, Secretly
Music by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe
Lyrics by Malcolm Rowe
Vocalist: Sharon Campbell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not perfect but still pretty good
17 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Roald Dahl's books are often victims of horrible screen writing and I feared the BFG would be the same kind of movie but I shouldn't have worried. I've read The BFG several times but didn't see this movie until recently. I heard that Roald Dahl himself even liked this adaptation and I can certainly see why. It's very faithful to the book. Of course, it's a little campy since it's a product of the late 80s but somehow that adds to its charm. I found this film highly enjoyable, keeping a similar tone to Dahl's writing and adapting it for the screen very well. I would definitely recommend this movie to those who had read the book but if you haven't, it's still a decent movie. There's talk of a remake which I think could also be good and I'm glad for it because it might make people notice this movie. Like I said in the title, it's not a perfect film but it's good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial