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Big

Promotional film poster for Big.
Directed by Penny Marshall
Produced by James L. Brooks
Robert Greenhut
Written by Gary Ross
Anne Spielberg
Starring Tom Hanks
Elizabeth Perkins
Robert Loggia
John Heard
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) June 3, 1988 (USA)
Running time 104 min.
Language English
Budget $18,000,000 (est.)
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Big is a 1988 comedy film about a teenage boy who is aged to adulthood by a magical fortune-telling machine. It stars Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz and Mercedes Ruehl. The movie was written by Gary Ross, with Justin Schindler, and Anne Spielberg. Penny Marshall directed, replacing Steven Spielberg whose sister was one of the writers. Big may refer to: Big Two, card game Big three, disambiguation Big Four, disambiguation Big five, disambiguation Big Six, disambiguation Big 8, disambiguation Big Ten Conference, the United States oldest college athletic conference Big 12 Conference, a college athletic conference of twelve schools located in the central United States Big... Image File history File links Big_Poster. ... Penny Marshall at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American actress, producer and director. ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ... Robert Greenhut (March 18, 1942) was an American producer. ... Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956 in Los Angeles, California is an American writer, director and actor. ... Anne Spielberg (born December 25, 1949) is the sister of film director Steven Spielberg. ... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist, writer, and movie producer. ... Elizabeth Perkins Elizabeth Perkins (born November 18, 1960) is a well-known American movie, television and theater actress. ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ... Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and films of David Cronenberg. ... Barry Sonnenfeld American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist, writer, and movie producer. ... Elizabeth Perkins Elizabeth Perkins (born November 18, 1960) is a well-known American movie, television and theater actress. ... Robert Loggia (born January 3, 1930) is an American Academy Award and Emmy Award nominated film and television actor who specializes in character parts. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ... Jared Rushton (born March 3, 1974 in Provo, Utah) is an American actor and musician. ... David Raphael Moscow (born 14 November 1974) is an American actor. ... Jonathan Lovitz (born July 21, 1957 in Tarzana, California) is an American actor and comedian perhaps best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and for his show The Critic. ... Mercedes Ruehl (born February 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning United States theater and film actress. ... Gary Ross (born November 3, 1956 in Los Angeles, California is an American writer, director and actor. ... Anne Spielberg (born December 25, 1949) is the sister of film director Steven Spielberg. ... Penny Marshall at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American actress, producer and director. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ...

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Plot

After being humiliated while trying to impress an older teenage girl at a carnival, Josh Baskin (David Moscow) goes to a wish/fortune-telling machine, called Zoltar Speaks, in the shape of a gypsy wizard and wishes that he were "big." The next morning, he sees a face in the mirror he does not recognize: overnight, he has become a fully-grown adult (Tom Hanks). Humiliation is literally the act of being made humble, or reduced in standing or prestige. ...


When his mother sees him, she drives what appears to be a menacing intruder out of her house, then finding Josh gone, believes he has been kidnapped. In desperation, Josh corners his 13-year-old best friend Billy Kopecki (Jared Rushton), and convinces him of his true identity (by singing a secret song only they know). With his help, Josh rents a cheap room in Manhattan, and gets a lowly data-entry job at the MacMillan Toy Company. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


In a memorable scene, he meets the company's owner, MacMillan (Robert Loggia), checking out the products at the FAO Schwarz toy store, and impresses him with his childlike enthusiasm. They end up playing a duet together on a giant foot-operated electronic keyboard, performing Chopsticks and Heart and Soul. This earns Josh a promotion to a dream job for a kid: testing toys all day long and getting paid for it. With his insight into what sells to children, he quickly rises up the corporate ranks. BIG Piano in FAO Schwarz. ... Chopsticks (original name The Celebrated Chop Waltz) is an extremely well known, simple waltz for the piano. ... Heart and Soul is a popular song. ...


He soon attracts the attention of the beautiful, ambitious Susan Lawrence (Elizabeth Perkins), a fellow toy executive, and a romance begins to develop, much to the annoyance of her current boyfriend, Paul (John Heard). In time, Josh sees his friendship with Billy start to fade as his relationship with Susan begins to grow, and he is faced with a choice: return to his old life with his family and friends, or remain an adult with Susan. Ultimately, he decides to return to his normal life and seeks out the Zoltar machine, wishing himself back to childhood. Susan catches up to Josh right after he makes his wish. He tries to convince her to join him, but she isn't willing to relive her adolescence again. Susan drives Josh home and they part, with a hint that they may meet later, when he has grown up.


It is widely rumored[1] that a different ending was used in test screenings, in which Josh is in class, and a "new girl in school" is brought into the classroom. Her resemblance to Susan and a shot of Josh's reaction imply that this is Susan, having also become young by using the Zoltar machine. There is no mention or evidence of this ending on the Extended Edition DVD released in 2007.


Acclaim

Big was received with almost unanimous critical acclaim, and is considered by many critics the gold standard of movies in which a child is trapped in an adult's body. Many critics praised Tom Hanks for his "believable" and "adorable" performance.[2] For other uses, see Gold standard (disambiguation). ...


Big was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


The film is number 23 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". This article is about the U.S. cable network. ...


Is one of the few PG-rated movies to use the word "fuck" in its uncut version; furthermore the word is used by one of the young actors, Rushton, rather than an adult. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Broadway musical

Main article: Big, The Musical

In 1996, Big was made into a musical for the Broadway stage. It featured music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., and a book by John Weidman. Directed by Mike Ockrent, and choreographed by Susan Stroman, it opened on April 28, 1996. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... David Shire David Shire (born July 3, 1937) is an American songwriter and the composer of stage musicals and film and television scores. ... Richard Maltby, Jr. ... John Weidman is an American librettist. ... Mike Ockrent Age: 53 award-winning British stage director known for his larger-than-life Broadway musicals, as well as his smaller niche plays. ... Susan Stroman (born October 17, 1954 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a Broadway director, choreographer, and performer. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


DVD

Big has been available on DVD since 1999.


A two-disc extended edition was released on May 8, 2007; this DVD adds 25 minutes of extra footage to the original cut, making the film 130 minutes, as well as providing additional features on the second disc. Currently this DVD is only available within Region 1 & Region 4 naming it either the 'Extended Edition' or 'Family Fun Edition'. The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ...


Filming locations

The movie takes place partially at Playland amusement park in Rye, New York. Young Josh supposedly lives in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Playland (often called Rye Playland) is an amusement park located in Rye, New York. ... Theme park redirects here. ... Rye, New York is the name of two places in Westchester County, New York. ... Map highlighting Cliffside Parks location within Bergen County. ...


The house that was used as the Baskin residence is located at 437 Greenmount Road in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. It can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://www.zillow.com/aerial/DualMapPage.htm?zpid=37859824.


Notable casting facts

Penny Marshall wanted Robert DeNiro to play Josh.[citation needed] He was unavailable and they later worked on Awakenings. Robin Williams and Harrison Ford were also considered for the role of adult Josh.[citation needed]Debra Jo Rupp (who played Kitty Forman on That 70's Show) makes one of her first screen appearances as Josh Baskin's assistant "Ms. Patterson". Penny Marshall at the 1988 Emmy Awards Penny Marshall (born October 15, 1942) is an American actress, producer and director. ... Robert De Niro Robert De Niro, Jr. ... This article is about a 1990 film. ... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... For the silent film actor, see Harrison Ford (silent film actor). ... Debra Jo Rupp (born February 24, 1951 in Glendale, California) is an American television actress best known for her role as Kitty Forman on the sitcom That 70s Show from 1998 to 2006. ... That 70s Show logo That 70s Show is a Fox Network television sitcom centered around the lives of a group of teenagers living in the fictional suburb of Point Place, near Green Bay, during the late 1970s. ...


Cultural references

  • The keyboard scene was parodied in an episode of The Simpsons, where Homer plays an off-key rendition of "Rock Around The Clock" and a near-perfect rendition of the Simpsons main theme at the toy store.
  • In an episode of the Family Guy entitled "The Story on Page One" Stewie is angry about being so small and stumbles upon a Zoltar Speaks machine from the movie. When Stewie says "I wish I was BIG" Zoltar responds with a card that reads "I wish I could weigh people."
  • There is a homage to Big at the end of an episode of Newsradio entitled "Arcade". Video of scene on Putfile

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Remakes

The film was remade in Tamil as NEW.


See also

Look up big in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

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References

  1. ^ http://www.ultimatedisney.com/big.html
  2. ^ http://movies2.nytimes.com/mem/movies/review.html?title1=&title2=BIG%20%28MOVIE%29&reviewer=Janet%20Maslin&v_id=5343&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes

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