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Big [1988] (1 disc)

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Director:Penny Marshall
Writer:Anne Spielberg
Gary Ross
Composer:Howard Shore
Length:104 minutes
(1 hour 44 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:96%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Family
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Synopsis: When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.


Reaction: Odd concept but very interesting and Tom Hanks is always fun.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Penny Marshall => Director
Anne Spielberg => Writer
Gary Ross => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
Allan Wasserman => Gym Teacher
David Moscow => Young Josh
Debra Jo Rupp => Miss Patterson
Elizabeth Perkins => Susan
Erika Katz => Cynthia's Friend
Jared Rushton => Billy
John Heard => Paul
Jon Lovitz => Scotty Brennen
Josh Clark => Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis => Cynthia Benson
Mark Ballou => Derek
Mercedes Ruehl => Mrs. Baskin
Oliver Block => Freddie Benson
Robert Loggia => MacMillan
Tom Hanks => Josh Baskin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.
  • Along with 1987's Spaceballs and 1988's Caddyshack II and Beetlejuice, notable for containing "the F word" in a film rated PG during the PG-13 era.
  • Albert Brooks turned down the role of Josh Baskin, as did Harrison Ford.
  • Robert Loggia's character is based on then FAO Schwarz CEO Peter Harris. The character is a youthful, albeit goofy, retailer, true to Harris' own charisma.
  • Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy" in June 2008.
  • [?] Debra Winger was original considered for the Susan Lawrence role but could not take the part because she was pregnant at the time. She recommended Elizabeth Perkins.
  • Penny Marshall became the first female director to ever direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million at the box office with this movie.
  • According to [?] Monica Rushton, Jared Rushton (Billy), David Moscow (little Josh) and Tom Hanks (big Josh) were put in a room with a bunch of toys to play with. Having silly string, they tried to use it to gross each other out and that is how the silly string scene between Jared Rushton and Tom Hanks appeared in the movie.
  • To give star Tom Hanks an idea of how a 12 year-old would behave, director Penny Marshall filmed each "grown-up" scene with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part, who then copied David Moscow's behavior. Also, in preparation for the role, Tom Hanks met David Moscow and studied videotapes of him to see how he behaved and spoke. Tom Hanks also felt that David Moscow should just be himself so that the Josh Baskin character persona would be that of a real 12-year-old.
  • Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Josh Baskin but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the films Dragnet and Punchline. Robert De Niro was then offered the lead role, and was rejected because his salary demand ($6 million) was too high. Tom Hanks then became available and accepted the lead role for $2 million. David Moscow was originally cast not as young Josh, but as Billy, since he didn't look like Robert De Niro. When Tom Hanks was given the role, David Moscow was recast as young Josh wearing colored contact lenses to match the eye color of Tom Hanks.