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Big Fish

Coming Soon Poster
Directed by Tim Burton
Produced by Bruce Cohen
Dan Jinks
Richard D. Zanuck
Written by John August &
Daniel Wallace (novel)
Starring Ewan McGregor
Billy Crudup
Albert Finney
Jessica Lange
Alison Lohman
Matthew McGrory
Helena Bonham Carter
Steve Buscemi
Danny DeVito
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Philippe Rousselot
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States
December 10, 2003
Running time 125 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $70 million
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Big Fish is a 2003 fantasy drama film, directed by Tim Burton and written by John August. It is loosely based on the novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace, and starred Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito, amongst others. Big Fish movie poster. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... Bruce Cohen is the Academy Award winning director of American Beauty. ... Dan Jinks works with Bruce Cohen in Jinks/Cohen Productions, currently based at DreamWorks. ... Richard Darryl Zanuck (born December 13, 1934) is an American movie producer. ... John August (born August 4, 1970 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Daniel Wallace (born 1959) is an American author best known for his 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions - the basis for the Tim Burton film Big Fish. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) is an American actress. ... Matthew McGrory (May 17, 1973 – August 9, 2005) was an American actor, known for his great height. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ... John August (born August 4, 1970 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Daniel Wallace (born 1959) is an American author best known for his 1998 novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions - the basis for the Tim Burton film Big Fish. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) is an American actress. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ...


Will Bloom (Crudup) returns to his family home in Alabama, having spent the past three years not talking to his father Edward (Finney). Dying, Edward recounts his life story in his own unique, exaggerated way, full of fantastic events (portrayed in these flashbacks by McGregor). Will tries to get to know his father and find the truth, discovering that his father did lead an extraordinary life and that storytelling is who he is. Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ...


The film was initially planned to be directed by Steven Spielberg before Burton took on the project, following the death of his own father. The film was mostly shot in Alabama, and had a much less gothic tone than Burton's other films such as Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. Critics hailed the film as Burton's masterpiece, and it received four Golden Globe nominations and one Oscar nomination for Danny Elfman's original score. Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Strawberry Hill, an English villa in the Gothic revival style, built by seminal Gothic writer Horace Walpole Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines elements of both horror and romance. ... Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 American fantasy film, directed and co-written by Tim Burton and written by Caroline Thompson. ... Sleepy Hollow (1999; see also 1999 in film) is a historical fantasy film interpreting the legend of the Headless Horseman and based loosely around the Washington Irving story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ...

Contents

Plot

Edward Bloom tells his son Will the same tale over the years: on the day Will was born, he was out catching an enormous uncatchable fish with his wedding ring. By the time he tells this at Will's wedding reception, their relationship has become strained, and they do not talk to each other for three years. Will becomes a journalist in Paris. When his father's health starts to fail, Will and his wife Josephine return to Alabama. On the plane, Will recalls his father's tale of how he braved a swamp as a child, and met a witch who showed him his death in her glass eye. With this knowledge, Edward knows there are no odds he cannot face. City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ...


Edward still has a knack for tall tales. As he tells it, he spent three years confined to a bed as a child, with his body growing incredibly fast. He became a successful sports player but found the town of Ashton too small for his ambition. Finding a kindred spirit in the misunderstood giant Karl, they set off. Edward takes an abandoned path down a supposedly haunted forest, as he never wishes to return to Ashton anyway. He discovers the tiny town of Spectre, where the missing poet Norther Winslow has settled with people so friendly they do not wear shoes. Edward still feels he does not want to settle anywhere yet and leaves, but promises to the young girl Jenny that he will return. At the circus Karl signs up with Amos Calloway, and time stops as Edward sees the love of his life. As time speeds up again and he loses her, he promises to work for Amos day and night without pay to learn who she is. Every month for three years he learns something new about her, but never her name or address. Edward discovers Amos is a werewolf but plays fetch after preventing him from being killed. For his kindness, Amos tells him her name is Sandra Templeton and she is at Auburn University. A tall tale is a story that claims to explain the reason for some natural phenomenon, or sometimes illustrates how skilled/intelligent/powerful the subject of the tale was. ... Jack the Giant-Killer by Arthur Rackham. ... A German woodcut from 1722 A werewolf (also lycanthrope or wolfman) in folklore is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf or wolflike creature, either purposely, by using magic, or after being placed under a curse. ... Fetch is a game usually played with a dog. ... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. ...

Sandra accepts Edward's proposal of marriage after he is beaten up by Don

Edward learns from Sandra that she is engaged to Don Price, also from Ashton. He makes many attempts to show his love for her, getting five companies to plant a field of daffodils, her favourite flowers, to make her fall for him. Don appears and beats up Edward, forcing Sandra to give up her engagement ring. During his recovery in hospital, Edward is conscripted by the army, and goes to Korea. Instead of taking his assigned mission, he instead parachutes into a theater entertaining troops, and convinces conjoined dancers Ping and Jing to help him get back to America, where he will make them stars. Believing him to be dead, the army tells Sandra that Edward is dead, leaving her in grief, but Edward returns. Being legally dead means that his work choices are limited, and he becomes a travelling salesman. Meeting Winslow again, he is forced to help him rob a savings & loan, which is bankrupt. Edward suggests Winslow work at Wall Street, and Winslow later sends $10,000 to his "career adviser" to buy a house. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 268 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 268 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) After getting beaten up, Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) has his proposal of marriage accepted by Sandra Templeton (Alison Lohman). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 268 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 268 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) After getting beaten up, Edward Bloom (Ewan McGregor) has his proposal of marriage accepted by Sandra Templeton (Alison Lohman). ... Species ????? Daffodils are a group of large flowered members of the genus Narcissus. ... A yellow gold wedding ring and a single-diamond, gold-banded engagement ring. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ...


Still unimpressed by his father's stories, Will demands to know the truth. Edward tries to explain that is who he is: he tells stories. Will, feeling that his father had another family during his travels, looks through Edward's old office, and finds letters of when he supposedly died, and a letter of interest to Spectre. Going there, Will meets an older Jenny, now a widowed piano teacher. She explains that like many towns Spectre went bankrupt, and Edward bought it at an auction after being delayed by a flood. He then helped the town repair itself with money from his previous acquaintances. She also explains that she tried to cheat with Edward, but Sandra was the only woman for him. A short grand piano, with the top up. ...

Will tells a story as he carries his dad to the river

Coming home, Will discovers his father has had a stroke and is at the hospital. There, Will tells Edward a story of his own: escaping from the hospital, they go to the river where everybody in Edward's life shows up, some unaged, to greet him on his last journey. Carrying his weightless father, Will puts him into the river where he becomes a big fish. Edward then peacefully remarks "The story of my life" before dying. At his funeral, Will sees many of his father's friends, and realises that there was some grain of truth in his tales. He sees Amos, Karl, Ping and Jing and Norther Winslow amongst others, although Karl, while very tall, is not a giant and Ping and Jing are not conjoined. When he has his own son, Will passes on his father's stories, remarking that his father became his stories after telling them for so long. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 247 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 247 pixel, file size: 17 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) tells a story of his fathers last journey (Albert Finney) as he carries him to the river. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 247 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 247 pixel, file size: 17 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Will Bloom (Billy Crudup) tells a story of his fathers last journey (Albert Finney) as he carries him to the river. ...


Cast

  • Albert Finney as the older Edward Bloom: An ex-salesman who loves to tell tall tales. Ewan McGregor portrays him as a younger man in fantastical flashbacks, whilst Perry Waltson plays Edward as a child.
  • Billy Crudup as Will Bloom: Edward's son, who is frustrated in that whilst he enjoyed his father's stories, he felt like he never truly got to know him.
  • Jessica Lange as Sandra Bloom: Edward's wife. Alison Lohman portrayed the younger Sandra, née Templeton, whom Edward fell in love with immediately.
  • Marion Cotillard as Joséphine: Will's French wife, several months pregnant with their first child.
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Jenny: A divorced piano teacher who lives in Spectre. Hailey Anne Nelson plays Jenny as an eight year old when Edward first meets her.
  • Carter also played an elderly Witch who gives Bloom a vision of his death as a child.
  • Robert Guillaume as Dr. Bennett: The family doctor. He delivered Will and tells him that he would choose the more "interesting" account of the day he was born as Edward lies in hospital.
  • Matthew McGrory as Karl the Giant: A giant who got into trouble in Ashton for eating various livestock. Edward befriends and always reassures him that he isn't trying to get him to leave.
  • Danny DeVito as Amos Calloway: A circus ringmaster. He gives Karl and Edward jobs, telling the latter something about Sandra every month without pay. He is also a werewolf.
  • Steve Buscemi as Norther Winslow: A poet from Ashton who went missing, having never left Spectre. After Bloom leaves, he travels the world and becomes a bank robber, before becoming a Wall Street stockbroker.
  • Ada Tai and Arlene Tai as Ping and Jing: Siamese twins from China, who perform as singers for soldiers in Korea.
  • David Denman as Don Price: A loser from Ashton, who was overshadowed by Edward's achievements. He becomes engaged to Sandra, but his brutality towards Edward means the bridegroom is changed to Edward. He later dies on the toilet, having known this after looking into the witch's eye.
  • Loudon Wainwright III as Beamen: The mayor of Spectre, and Jenny's father.
  • Missi Pyle as Mildred: Beamen's wife.

Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... A tall tale is a story that claims to explain the reason for some natural phenomenon, or sometimes illustrates how skilled/intelligent/powerful the subject of the tale was. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... William Crudup (born July 8, 1968) is an American actor. ... Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) is an American actress. ... Marion Cotillard (born 30 September 1975) is a French actress, perhaps best known for portraying Édith Piaf in 2007s La Môme. ... Helena Bonham Carter (born May 26, 1966) is an Academy Award-nominated British actress, known for her roles in the films A Room with a View, Howards End, and Fight Club. ... Hailey Anne Nelson (born September 14, 1994 in USA) is an American child actress. ... Robert Guillaume in 1980. ... Matthew McGrory (May 17, 1973 – August 9, 2005) was an American actor, known for his great height. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... A German woodcut from 1722 A werewolf (also lycanthrope or wolfman) in folklore is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf or wolflike creature, either purposely, by using magic, or after being placed under a curse. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Elaborate marble facade of NYSE as seen from the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets For other uses, see Wall Street (disambiguation). ... A painting of Chang and Eng Bunker, circa 1836 Conjoined human fetuses Conjoined twins can occur in non-human animal species. ... Korea (Korean: 한국 in South Korea or 조선 in North Korea, see below) is a geographic area, civilization, and former state situated on the Korean Peninsula in East Asia. ... David Denman (born July 25, 1973) is an American actor whose feature film credits include Out Cold and Big Fish. ... Loudon Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. ... Andrea Kay Pyle (born November 16, 1972 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress who uses the stage name Missi Pyle. ...

Production

Following the death of his father, screenwriter John August read a manuscript of the novel Big Fish in 1999, and had Columbia Pictures option the book on his behalf.[1] Steven Spielberg signed on to direct in August 2000,[2] and he had August write two drafts, with Jack Nicholson in mind to play the older Edward Bloom.[1] August worked hard to make the episodic book into a cohesive story, deciding to have several narrators, and then wrote a third draft after Spielberg was becoming distracted with other projects.[1] Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen first discussed the project with Stephen Daldry,[3] before they sent the third draft to Tim Burton, who signed on in April 2002 to direct.[4] John August (born August 4, 1970 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... A manuscript (Latin manu scriptus, written by hand), strictly speaking, is any written document that is put down by hand, in contrast to being printed or reproduced some other way. ... The Columbia Pictures logo from 1993 to the present Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ... Steven Allan Spielberg KBE (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ... Nicholson as Wilbur Force in The Little Shop of Horrors (1960). ... Dan Jinks works with Bruce Cohen in Jinks/Cohen Productions, currently based at DreamWorks. ... Bruce Cohen is the Academy Award winning director of American Beauty. ... Stephen David Daldry, CBE (born May 2, 1961 in Dorset, England, United Kingdom) is a British movie director and producer. ... Timothy Tim William Burton (born August 25, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated American film director, writer and designer. ...


Burton had never been particularly close to his parents, but his father's death in October 2000 and his mother's in March 2002 affected him deeply. Following Planet of the Apes' production, he wanted to get back to making a smaller film. Burton enjoyed the script, feeling that it was the first unique story he was offered since Beetlejuice. Burton also found appeal in the story's combination of an emotional drama with exaggerated tall tales, which allowed him to tell various stories of different genres. Burton met up with Jack Nicholson, and briefly discussed using computers to allow him to play a younger version of himself. After that, Burton began the difficult process of casting two actors as the same character,[1] which meant filming was pushed from October 2002 to January 2003.[5] Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film in which an astronaut finds himself on a planet where humans are enslaved by apes. ... For the animated series based on the film, see Beetlejuice (TV series). ...


Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney were cast first as the younger and older Edward Bloom respectively on August 1, 2002.[6] The combination was suggested by producers Jinks and Cohen who were working with McGregor on Down with Love, and Burton got on with him, finding him quite similar to regular colleague Johnny Depp.[1] Viewing Finney's performance in Tom Jones, Burton found him similar to McGregor, and coincidentally he found a People article comparing the two.[7] Most of the cast were assembled by November.[8] As with Sandra's introduction, Alison Lohman had to stand still for two minutes during her audition.[1] Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... is the 213th day of the year (214th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Down with Love is a 2003 American romantic comedy film. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963, in Owensboro, Kentucky) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor and for his performances in the films Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Whats Eating Gilbert Grape (1993), Ed Wood (1994... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Alison Marion Lohman (born September 18, 1979) is an American actress. ...


Filming on Big Fish began on January 13, 2003 and ended in early May.[5] Production was based in Wetumpka, Alabama. All of Albert Finney's scenes as the elder Edward Bloom were shot first due to the emotional difficulty of his scenes. McGregor was on set from the beginning and observed Finney. Afterward, shooting took on a livelier, more enjoyable state as Burton and McGregor shot scenes of varying genre. Much of the film was improvised, most notably Edward's slippery birth scene and the humorous scene in Korea where he turns off the light as he beats up two men. During filming of the circus scenes, strong winds hit and flooded much of the sets, but filming stayed on schedule. Shooting in Alabama finished in April, and moved to Paris for a single week before wrapping.[5][1] Burton preferred to use practical special effects alongside computer animation. Forced perspective was employed for scenes with Karl the Giant, when he realigns Jenny's home and lifts up a car for Will and Edward to make their way through traffic. Burton also used color grading for the first time, which lended an extra mood to the fantasy scenes.[9] January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wetumpka is a city in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. ... Albert Finney (born May 9, 1936 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a five-time Academy Award-nominated English actor of Irish descent. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. ... Color grading is the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture or television image, either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally. ...


The Big Fish soundtrack was composed by regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam also contributed a song entitled "Man of the Hour" after watching the film.[1] Albumcover Big Fish is the soundtrack, on the Sony Classical label, of the 2003 Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film Big Fish starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Helena Bonham Carter and Jessica Lange. ... Daniel Robert Elfman (born May 29, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter who led the rock band Oingo Boingo from 1976 until its breakup in 1995, and has since 1985s Pee-Wees Big Adventure worked as a film score composer. ... Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964) is the lead singer and one of three guitar players for the rock band Pearl Jam. ... Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. ... Man of the Hour is a song by Pearl Jam written for the film Big Fish. ...


Response

Big Fish received some high praise by many reviewers, with some calling it Tim Burton's best film, including Jeff Vice.[10] Jeffrey Westhoff felt that the film gave Burton a "much-needed boost of maturity", feeling the film was his best since Ed Wood.[11] Peter Travers gave it 4/4 as, "a script that challenges and deepens [Burton's] talent", and he also praised Ewan McGregor's performance.[12] Adrian Hennigan of the BBC praised both Burton and screenwriter John August following their disparaged work on Planet of the Apes and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle respectively, feeling it was a celebration of the art of storytelling and a touching father-son drama, and "feelgood without being overly sentimental; romantic without being cloying; moving without being mawkish."[13] Betty Jo Tucker said it was one of her favourite films of the year, saying "Big Fish not only charmed me completely with its humanity and humor - it surprised me with its wisdom."[14] Ed Wood is a biopic directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp as the cross-dressing cult movie maker Edward D. Wood Jr. ... Peter Travers is the film critic for Rolling Stone magazine. ... Ewan Gordon McGregor (born March 31, 1971) (IPA pronunciation: [1]) is a Scottish actor who has had significant success in mainstream, indie and art house films. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... John August (born August 4, 1970 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film in which an astronaut finds himself on a planet where humans are enslaved by apes. ...


More negative reviews came from mainstream reviewers. Unmoved, Roger Ebert felt, "There is no denying that Will has a point: The old man is a blowhard. There is a point at which his stories stop working as entertainment and segue into sadism."[15] Kirk Honeycutt found it "a belabored oddity that is one long-winded tall tale illustrated with hammy, artificial sets and gee-whiz acting... These stories never get beyond their surreal imagery."[16] Big Fish holds a 78% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 156 reviews out of 201 positive. The more mixed reception of 50% from the mainstream press is held among its "Cream of the Crop" critics.[17] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Big Fish had a limited release on December 10, 2003, before it was released nationwide on January 9, 2004.[18] Although initially believed to have opened in wide release at the top spot with $14.5 million,[19] Big Fish only grossed $13 million, still leaving The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King at number one.[20] It eventually grossed $66 million in the United States and $56 million in the rest of the world, amounting to a $122 million gross.[18] The film received nominations at the 2004 Golden Globes for Best Picture in the Comedy or Musical genre, as well as nominations for Albert Finney, Danny Elfman and Eddie Vedder. At the Academy Awards, Elfman received a nomination for his score.[21] December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


DVD release

The Region 1 DVD release of Big Fish took place on April 27, 2004,[22] whilst the Region 2 release took place on June 7.[23] The release featured a Burton commentary track and a special quiz on him, in addition to various featurettes. April 27 is the 117th day of the year (118th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 248 days remaining. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Big Fish was re-released on November 1, 2005, with a 24 page hardback book entitled Fairy Tale for a Grown Up.[24] The film was released on Blu-ray on April 9, 2007.[25] is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ... is the 99th day of the year (100th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


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  3. ^ Josh Tyrangiel. "Big Fish in His Own Pond", Time, 2003-11-24. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  4. ^ Steven Awalt. "‘Big Fish’ dead on the hook for Spielberg", SpielbergFilms, 2002-04-30. Retrieved on 2007-04-05. 
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  6. ^ Stax. "Two Big Fish Caught", IGN, 2002-08-01. Retrieved on 2007-04-06. 
  7. ^ Fred Topel. "Tim Burton Reels in Big Fish", IGN, 2003-12-09. Retrieved on 2007-04-06. 
  8. ^ Stax. "More Big Fish", IGN, 2002-10-15. Retrieved on 2007-04-06. 
  9. ^ Bill Desowitz. "Burton Applies Light CG Touch to Big Fish", VFXWorld, 2003-12-10. Retrieved on 2007-08-19. 
  10. ^ Jeff Vice. "Big Fish", Deseret Morning News, 2004-01-05. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  11. ^ Jeff Westhoff. "Big Fish (2003)", North West Herald (made avaliable by Rotten Tomatoes). Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  12. ^ Peter Travers. "Big Fish", Rolling Stone, 2003-11-20. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  13. ^ Adrian Hannigan. "Big Fish", BBC, 2004-01-18. Retrieved on 2006-04-16. 
  14. ^ Betty Jo Tucker. "Myth Magic", Reeltalk. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  15. ^ Roger Ebert. "Big Fish", 2003-12-24. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  16. ^ Kirk Honeycutt. "Big Fish", The Hollywood Reporter, 2003-12-01. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
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