Big Business

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Overview

Thanks to a mix-up at birth, two sets of twins are separated and grow up in radically different social circles. The four baby girls grow up to be Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin-and Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. One of the Midlers is a ruthless New York CEO, while one of the Tomlins is her air-headed "save the whales" business partner. Thousands of miles away in a Southern industrial town, a blue-collar Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin work for a company that the white-collar Midler plans to devour in a hostile ...
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Overview

Thanks to a mix-up at birth, two sets of twins are separated and grow up in radically different social circles. The four baby girls grow up to be Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin-and Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. One of the Midlers is a ruthless New York CEO, while one of the Tomlins is her air-headed "save the whales" business partner. Thousands of miles away in a Southern industrial town, a blue-collar Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin work for a company that the white-collar Midler plans to devour in a hostile takeover. The "poor" Midler and Tomlin head to New York to argue against the takeover, inevitably getting mixed up with the "rich" Midler and Tomlin. Three of the four twins team up to save the small-town company, while CEO Midler remains as nastily greedy as ever. Clear enough?
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sporting a premise that offers unlimited comedic possibilities, and well served by the marvelous performances of its starring duo, Big Business elicits more laughs in ten minutes than most farces produce in two hours. It requires some suspension of disbelief, though, as you have to accept that two sets of female twins can be mismatched at birth, separated, and then reunited many years later under bizarre circumstances. But that’s exactly what happens to Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. Having grown up in a small town, the ladies we’ll call Bette and Lily One feel very much like fish out of water when they visit New York City to confront heartless corporate executives whose schemes endanger their little hamlet. Said executives happen to include Betty and Lily Two, so you can imagine how confusing things become. Director Jim Abrahams Ruthless People deals with this zany plot in the same manner as old-fashioned bedroom farces; the twins burst through enough doorways and rush across enough rooms to befuddle virtually everybody in the cast, which includes Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Barry Primus, and Michael Gross. Impeccably executed special effects and clever staging are employed to sustain the illusion that the twins are confronting each other. Bette and Lily alone would be funny enough, but two of each make this delightfully daffy film a must-have.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 683904630209
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Source: Mill Creek Ent
  • Region Code: A
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 10,115

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff
Lily Tomlin Rose Shelton
Fred Ward Roone Dimmick
Edward Herrmann Graham Sherbourne
Michele Placido Fabio Alberici
Daniel Gerroll Chuck
Barry Primus Michael
Michael Gross Dr. Jay Marshall
Deborah Rush Binky Shelton
Nicolas Coster Hunt Shelton
Patricia Gaul Iona Ratliff
J.C. Quinn Garth Ratliff
Norma MacMillan Nanny Lewis
Joe Grifasi Desk Clerk
John Vickery Hotel Manager
John Hancock Older Harlan
Mary Gross Judy
Seth Green Jason
Carmen Argenziano 2nd Board member
Judy Armstrong YMCA Desk Clerk
Lewis Arquette Mr. Stokes
Ritch Brinkley Mayor Bill Finker
Roy Brocksmith Dr. Parker
Bobby Bruce
Leo Burmeister Bum
Jane Butenoff Professional Hooker in Times Square
Matthew James Carlson Eufus
Andi Chapman Sadie's Secretary
Troy Damien Hank Ratliff
Dan Chambers 2nd Male Staffer
Sandy Davis Saleslady in Dress Shop
Lois de Banzie Edwardian Room Hostess
Melanie Doctors Sadie Photo Double
Natalie Dolishny 1st Moramax Employee
Andy Epper Zeke
Howard Feuer
Crystal Field Bag Lady
Ryan Francis Merle Ratliff
Kymberly Goldman Triplet No. 1
Michelle Goldman Triplet No. 2
Traci Goldman Triplet No. 3
Alice Gruenberg Attractive Woman with Yorkies
Chick Hearn Sports Announcer
Irving Hellman 3rd Stockholder
Tommy Holden
Eddie Junior Young Harlan
Tom La Grua Cab Driver
Nancy Lazarus 2nd Moramax Employee
Hunter Von Leer Petey
Al Mancini Waiter
Maureen McVerry Hilda/Rose Photo Double
Charles Middleton 2nd Stockholder
Shirley Mitchell Stockholder
Tony Mockus Jr. 1st Board Member
Fred Parnes Bellboy
Everett Quinton Window Dresser
Max Raven Charlie
Louis Rukeyser Taxi Victim
Nicholas Rutherford 'Lil Levon
Brianne Sommers Woman with Whippet
Lucy Webb Wenona
Louise Yaffe Director's Mother in Lobby
Technical Credits
Jim Abrahams Director, Producer, Screenwriter
William Barclay Art Director
William S. Beasley Production Manager
Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell Associate Producer
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
William Erickson Stunts
Frank Ferera Stunts
Howard Feuer Casting
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Will Jennings Songwriter
A. Johnson Songwriter
Martha Johnston Set Decoration/Design
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Keramidas Editor
Jerry Leiber Songwriter
Michael Lorenz Makeup
Barry Mann Songwriter
Jimmy McHugh Songwriter
Frank Mills Songwriter
Michael Peyser Co-producer, Producer
Dori Pierson Screenwriter
Louis Prima Songwriter
Harry Rabinowitz Songwriter
Marc Reid Rubel Screenwriter
William Sandell Production Designer
Steven Saxton Associate Producer
Marc Shaiman Songwriter
E. Shostakovich Songwriter
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Mike Stoller Songwriter
Steve Tisch Co-producer, Producer
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Weil Songwriter
Eugenia Weston Makeup
Richard Wilbur Songwriter
Steve Winwood Songwriter
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2011

    You have to have this in your collection

    A clean funny movie that you can watch with the whole family. A barrel of laughs.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Too cute...

    I liked this movie when I was younger. It was fun to watch it again. The way that they could play two characters in the same movie with such different character aspects is pretty cool. I don't see how they could keep track of which character they were playing at the time. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes the silly 80's movies like me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie, needs Special Features

    The movie is absolutely great. However, I've seen the movie and what I was looking forward to on the DVD was special features. How great would a commentary by Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin be. But unfortunately there were absolutely no special features included with this movie.

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    Posted December 10, 2009

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