An orphan little girl befriends a benevolent giant who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.

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Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Melissa Mathison (screenplay by), Roald Dahl (based on the book by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... BFG
Ruby Barnhill ... Sophie
Penelope Wilton ... The Queen
Jemaine Clement ... Fleshlumpeater
Rebecca Hall ... Mary
Rafe Spall ... Mr. Tibbs
Bill Hader ... Bloodbottler (voice)
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Maidmasher / Cook (as Olafur Darri Olafsson)
Adam Godley ... Manhugger / Lout #1
Michael Adamthwaite ... Butcher Boy / Danish Driver (as Michael David Adamthwaite)
Daniel Bacon ... Bonecruncher / Lout #2
Jonathan Holmes ... Childchewer / Pub Landlord
Chris Gibbs ... Gizzardgulper / Late Night Walker
Paul Moniz de Sa ... Meatdripper / Lout #3
Marilyn Norry ... Matron
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Storyline

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the twenty-four-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater, and other giants. After travelling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Elizabeth to help them get rid of all of the bad giants once and for all. Written by Jwelch5742

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The world is more giant than you can imagine. See more »


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Rated PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor | See all certifications »

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It was on the first day of filming Bridge of Spies (2015), producer and director Steven Spielberg's dramatic Cold War thriller, that Spielberg realized he had found his BFG. Renowned stage actor Mark Rylance was playing convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, a character far removed from that of the sweet, but simple giant depicted in this movie. While Spielberg was aware of Rylance's profound range as an actor, and in fact had been following his career for some time, something else clicked that day. "Mark would go into complete character transformation when the camera was rolling", said Spielberg, "and while he is one of the greatest stage actors ever, it was the Mark in between takes that really touched my heart. It was then that I knew he could do anything." Spielberg continued, "I could have made 'The BFG' with actors on oversized sets using a digital blend, but I wanted the giants to look beyond human. The only way I could capture magic with the giants was to animate them based on the performances of the actors I was casting and have the animation be super-photo-realistic." See more »

Goofs

During the opening when Sophie is reading her book she uses a torch with an obvious LED bulb. The film is set in 1983, way before LED torches were a thing. See more »

Quotes

Butcher Boy: [after Gizzardgulper tosses BFG toward him] Why you not hunt with us Runt?
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Connections

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Rule Britannia
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne (uncredited)
Performed by The Central Band of The Royal British Legion
Courtesy of Clovelly Recordings Ltd.
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seductive
17 March 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Before to see the adaptation, the mix of emotion and prudence defines me. because, from an early age, I was one of small fans of the book. and the name of Steven Spielberg, as always, represents a good promise. but each adaptation of a lovely book is a challenge first for viewer. and the film is real beautiful. for that, not only the technology has a significant role but the option, a profound inspired one, of director for the couple Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill. Rylance is the expected BFG for me. so familiar and admirable performed than the respect for its performer becomes more than great. Barnhill is and she is not the Sophie who I imagine. but she has the all virtues for become, scene by scene. it is a lovely film. and that is only important thing. because it seems bizarre to compare it with more than the novel of Roald Dahl. and the verdict is real favorable for Steven Spilberg project.


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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$140,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,775,350, 3 July 2016

Gross USA:

$55,483,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$195,243,411
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