Big Fish

Big Fish

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup

     
 

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Tim Burton directs the fantasy drama Big Fish, based on the book Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Southern writer/illustrator Daniel Wallace. Billy Crudup plays William Bloom, a young man who never really knew his dying father, Edward (Albert Finney) outside of the tall tales he told about growing up, making his way, and meeting his mother…  See more details below

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Tim Burton directs the fantasy drama Big Fish, based on the book Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Southern writer/illustrator Daniel Wallace. Billy Crudup plays William Bloom, a young man who never really knew his dying father, Edward (Albert Finney) outside of the tall tales he told about growing up, making his way, and meeting his mother (played as a young woman by Alison Lohman and in older age by Jessica Lange). During Edward's last days, William and his wife Josephine (Marion Cotillard) hold bedside vigil as the old man recollects elaborate memories of his youth (in which he is played by Ewan McGregor). Still doubting the the legends and folklore, William makes a journey to meet a mysterious woman (Helena Bonham Carter) from whom Edward had bought property. Steve Buscemi and Danny De Vito also star.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Filmmaker Tim Burton’s apparently boundless imagination finds inspiration in Daniel Wallace's colorful novel, making this adaptation a delight for fans of both. In the waning days of his life, Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), a seemingly ordinary man who has crafted an elaborate personal mythology, hopes for reconciliation with his adult son, Will (Billy Crudup), who has grown alienated by his father's stubborn adherence to tall tales. Some of these tales are presented in flashback form, and it's in these sequences that Burton's skill at visualization is really put to the test. He paints Bloom's dream world with vivid colors and peoples it with sharply drawn characters. Ewan McGregor plays Edward Bloom as a young man, and he brings an almost childlike sense of wonder to the proceedings -- a quality that's vital to sustaining the willing suspension of disbelief you'll need to fully appreciate the film's charm. Finney has the difficult task of exhibiting passion and vigor in a decaying body, and though he plays most of his scenes in bed, he still manages to make Edward a boyish romantic. Jessica Lange is equally effective in the role of Bloom's adoring wife, the ageless princess to his Prince Charming. And Crudup perfectly conveys not only Will's nagging irritation with his father but also his less-obvious envy of the older man's ability to transcend the realities and heartaches of the workaday world. Burton has often copped to making films as a way of retaining his own youthful sense of wonder, and it's easy to tell that he relates to the character of Edward Bloom. As the film winds down, Will finally comes to grips with his father's character, and he begins to understand the introspective process by which people evaluate their successes and failures as they age. That's a valuable lesson to take away from Big Fish, but Burton doesn't hit the viewer over the head with it: He makes Big Fish an enchanted and entertaining journey, filled with extravagant imagery and beguiling characters.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
UPC:
0043396008359
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ewan McGregor Ed Bloom (Young)
Albert Finney Edward Bloom (senior)
Billy Crudup William Bloom
Jessica Lange Sandra Bloom (senior)
Helena Bonham Carter Jenny,Witch
Alison Lohman Sandra Bloom (young)
Robert Guillaume Dr. Bennett (Senior)
Marion Cotillard Josephine
Matthew McGrory Karl the Giant
David Denman Don Price (Age 18-22)
Missi Pyle Mildred
Loudon Wainwright Beamen
Ada Tai Ping
Arlene Tai Jing
Steve Buscemi Norther Winslow
Danny DeVito Amos Calloway
Brandon Carroll Spectre
Miley Cyrus Ruthie (Age 8)
Hailey Anne Nelson Jenny (Age 8)
Billy Redden Banjo Man
Grayson Stone Will Bloom (Age 6-8)
Deep Roy Mr. Soggybottom
Perry Walston Ed Bloom (age 10)
Edward Aldag Municipal Dump Owner
Cathy Berry Lobster Woman
Jake Brake Old Zacky
Jeff Campbell Jump Leader
Karla Droege Ed's Mother
Metz Duites Ventriloquist
John Fugate Side Show Barker
Trevor Gagnon Will's Son
Zachary Gardner Zacky Price (Age 10)
Zach Hanner Cashier
R. Keith Harris Ed's Father
Barry C. Harvard Chicken Plant Owner
Sallie Hedrick Pretty Girl
Russell Hodgkinson Some Farmer
Greg Hohn Townsfolk
Howard Houston Piano Student
Joseph Humphrey Little Brave
Savanna James Little Girl
Morgan Grace Jarrett Will's Date
Bonnie Johnson Teller Woman
Bevin Kaye River Woman
John Lowell Don Price (Age 12)
George McArthur Colossus
Charles McLawhorn Mayor
Jayne Morgan Townsfolk
Joanne Pankow Heavy Set Nurse
James DeForest Parker Shotgun Toter
Jacob Radford Kid
David Ramsey Townsfolk
Alan Rawlins Pretty Man
Michael Garnet Stewart Auctioneer
Lawrence Sykkmon Chinese Emcee
Frank Hoyt Taylor Sharecropper
Darrell Vanterpool Wilbur (Age 10)
Karlos Walkes Dr. Bennett (Young)
Daniel Wallace Econ Professor
Vincent Ybiernas Asian Officer
Don Young Shephard
Tom Tom Actor
Fred Scialla Actor
Nick Ingman Conductor

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Richard Alonzo Makeup
Deborah Ambrosino Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Antonelli Costumes/Costume Designer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
John August Screenwriter
Bob Badami Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Barnes Art Director
Dawn Brown-Manser Set Decoration/Design
Denise Chamian Casting
Bruce Cohen Producer
Sharyn Cordice Makeup
Michelle Croughwell Stunts
Brenda Donoho Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Robert Fechtman Art Director
Katterli A. Frauenfelder Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Dennis Gassner Production Designer
Dan George Costumes/Costume Designer
Sean Graham Stunts
Richard L. Hill Special Effects Supervisor
Jean-Michel Hugon Art Director
Yoshio Iizuka Stunts
Sony Pictures Imageworks Special Effects
Jack Johnson Art Director
Jimmy Jay Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Jinks Producer
Richard L. Johnson Art Director
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Rhea Lowenthal Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Mack Special Effects Supervisor
Elisa Marsh Makeup
Seth Maury Special Effects
Hans Metz Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Metz Special Effects
William Morts Stunts
Joel Negron Editor
Neal Norton Camera Operator
Cynthia Onrubia Choreography
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
David Rohrer Special Effects
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Mika Saito Stunts
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Spencer Sano Stunts
Arne Schmidt Executive Producer
Jonathan J. Short Set Decoration/Design
Scott Sproule Stunts
Stan Winston Studio Makeup Special Effects
Sonny Tipton Stunts
Tony Vandenecker Special Effects
Michelle Vittone-McNeil Makeup
Thomas Weinacker Special Effects
Darlene Ava Williams Stunts
Joulles Wright Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

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Big Fish 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an excellent movie! Ewan Mcgregor, Billy Crudup, and Albert Finney star, and they are great. Moving, touching, and hilarious throughout. Highly recommended . . . can't wait to see it on DVD
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MajorXV More than 1 year ago
Life sometimes gets dull, and stories get shorter, but with Big Fish, old stories and big talks get bigger and stay strong with your dreams. Keeping dreams alive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stunning performance. A real winner. No one can season up their fish as good as big fish did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew I would like this movie based on the book written in a gentle southern voice. I honestly went because of the review on Pearl Jam's web site. I am so glad that I went. This movie led my imagination and my heart down a very colorful path, and changed my life. And at the end of it all, I was able to listen to Pearl Jam's 'Man of the Hour', of course I stayed through the credits, I couldn't stop crying. I love this movie, and I love that song! Thank you Tim Burton, and Thank you Pearl Jam!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Big Fish was great movie and one not to be missed. I this is one of Tim Burton's all time best. The cast is great which includes Danny Devito, Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, and Billy Crudup. This movie was like a modernized Wizard of Oz. Don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to see this movie with my teenage daughters. Talk about an experience. The theater was packed and I swear , mostly all you could hear at the end from young and old, men and women alike around the theater was sobbing....never have I had such emotions all happen at once. This movie SHOULD be an Oscar winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A movie that takes its audience into a (surprisingly) not-so-unfamiliar world of giants, witches, and literal time-stops upon seeing the 'love of your life,' Big Fish goes above and beyond one's imagination, takes you to a world visually different yet strangely familiar. An exquisitely made film that can truly be enjoyed and cherished by all ages. Watch it and escape with Big Fish's rich and colorful characters and come back to your life refreshed and, if you pay enough attention, a little bit wiser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is Tim Burton at his best!He comes up with great things!I loved this movie and so did my wife and two children.It would have been a better movie if it had no nudity.People these days think nudity is everything!I will definently be buying this movie because it is a fantasized movie about love, happiness,suspense, and, best of all, enjoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only a fantastical adventure made extraordinary by Burton's imagination but more importantly an excellent script with outstanding acting performances really getting at the emotional heart of the film, focusing on fixing a broken bond between father and son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sat and watched this movie with a smile and my mouth open like I was a little kid watching a magic show. I love it. Watch out for Danny Devito's backside, no one wants to see that. This movie was breathtaking and funny and sad and just magical. Storytelling at it's finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutly LOVED IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great, I love it and bought it the day it came out on DVD. Well, my mom bought it but anyhow. It's a wonderful movie that tells an amazing story full of twists and turns and has lots of emotion. Steve Buscemi and Danny De Vito also adds well deserved comedic relief to this otherwise serious although often light hearted adventure.
Dragons01 More than 1 year ago
Very interseting characters. Very fairy tale like.
Cali_N More than 1 year ago
Big Fish is a truly wonderful masterpiece full of life and imagination. It tells an inspirational story about a son trying to learn more about his father, by reliving the stories that he had heard all his life. Personally it is one of my favorite movies of all times. Each scene is just as enticing as the last and you cannot help but to watch it till the end. This movie has something for everyone, but if you really like drama, fantasy, and love stories, you will love this movie. Tim Burton is one of my favorite directors. Every movie of his that I have seen I have fallen in love with, they are just so different then what is expected or what is the norm. Tim Burton brings us to a more mythical time of witches, giants, werewolves, big fish and true love. This film is brilliantly aesthetic, the mood of the movie and the lighting of the scenes go hand in hand. The movie is very bright and vibrant at times and dark and chilling at others. This movie may present project an aesthetic that anyone can view it, but there are a few parts that may not be suitable for young children. There is a fairly brief fight scene, where Edwards love tells him not to hurt her soon to be ex-fiancé and he keeps to his word and does not lay a hand on him. There are also a few scenes with brief nudity, mostly backsides of characters, or suggestions that a character is naked, and no full frontals. Some of the scenes of the witches and werewolves might be disturbing to young children. The soundtrack to this mystical film is almost as amazing as the movie itself. It is a wonderful collaboration of songs from the past to the present. These songs fit each song that they are played it. I believe that the soundtrack has a little something for everyone! It has Elvis and The Allman Brothers for the older audience and Pearl Jam for the younger viewers. Each song really has its own special place in the movie, and better songs could not have been picked. This movie makes you use your imagination like you did when you were a child. All in all, I think that this movie has something for everyone! It has love, action, fantasy, comedy, and drama. It is unquestionably one of my top five movies along with Finding Neverland and Across the Universe. When all's said and done I give this movie a ten out of ten and two thumbs up! I really think that everyone should see this astonishing movie!
kittysgd More than 1 year ago
There's something about watching Big Fish by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup and Jessica Lange, that lingers in my mind years later. I think it always will. Originally I viewed this movie about 5 years ago with a friend after my son had recommended it to us. I trust his judgement and on this he was right on. It tells the story of a dying father telling his life's story to his son in a compelling, dramatic and inventive way, just like all movie of Tim Burton's. But this one is a see again, which I usually don't do. Like books, I believe it's all about as many as can be read or seen in one lifetime. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to recommend Big Fish to a friend and watched it with him. He marveled at the actors portrayals of the characters, brilliantly done. He was amazed at the creative ideas used in the movie to keep you wondering, what could possibly be next? I couldn't even begin to tell you, and I don't really want to either. But trust me, you will not be disappointed in Big Fish. It delivers an unforgetable story that stays with you forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton has created another masterpiece!!! He spins an enchanting story that will have audiences spellbound for hours. I would highly reccomend this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic movie.