A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Daniel Wallace (novel), John August (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Ed Bloom - Young
Albert Finney ... Ed Bloom - Senior
Billy Crudup ... Will Bloom
Jessica Lange ... Sandra Bloom - Senior
Helena Bonham Carter ... Jenny - Young / Jenny - Senior / The Witch
Alison Lohman ... Sandra Bloom - Young
Robert Guillaume ... Dr. Bennett - Senior
Marion Cotillard ... Josephine Bloom
Matthew McGrory ... Karl the Giant
David Denman ... Don Price - Age 18-22
Missi Pyle ... Mildred
Loudon Wainwright III ... Beamen (as Loudon Wainwright)
Ada Tai ... Ping
Arlene Tai ... Jing
Steve Buscemi ... Norther Winslow
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Storyline

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the ... Written by Huggo

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An adventure as big as life itself.


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Rated PG-13 for a fight scene, some images of nudity and a suggestive reference | See all certifications »

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The idea to make the film came up shortly after the novel was released. See more »

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In an early scene Will Bloom is seen giving Ensure liquid to Ed Bloom, which is given to patients who cannot eat solid food. But in later scenes he is seen taking solid food despite of the fact that his cancer was irreversible and incurable, and hence he should have never been able to eat again. See more »

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Young Ed Bloom: There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they're just touched by something extra.
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Written by Harry Akst, Sam Lewis, and Joe Young
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Jasmine Records
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Not the Best Movie Ever, but My Favorite Nonetheless
7 October 2017 | by benjaminburtSee all my reviews

Big Fish is nowhere near a perfect movie. Sometimes the dialogue is awkward, the pacing drags at times, and Steve Buscemi is, as always, a weirdo. There are bizarre and fantastical ideas that can take you out of the movie. For all its flaws, I can't give it more than an 8. That being said, this is my favorite movie of all time.

Big Fish strikes a chord with me. It examines the value of a life, our modern-day myths, and, ultimately, the nature of our humanity. I don't cry easily, and I'm not just saying that - I didn't cry at Schindler's List, or Titanic; but Big Fish makes me sob every time. The ultimate catharsis, where a man's identity, value, integrity, and family are all validated, and his life has been a life worth living.

Tim Burton was definitely the man for the job on this film, and if you like his other classics like Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and Batman, you'll probably enjoy this one, too. What else can I say, this is my favorite movie.


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USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

9 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$207,377, 14 December 2003

Gross USA:

$66,809,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,218,424
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