Big Fish

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Commentary by director Tim Burton
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • UPC: 043396162204
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,272

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 III 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 Jr. 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
Fred Scialla
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ewan shines in Big Fish

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Big Fish is Big Memory

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    "Have you heard a joke so many times you've forgotten why it's funny? And you hear it again and suddenly it's new. You remember why you loved it in the first place" - Will Bloom, Big Fish

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    This is one of those films that has to be seen more than once to really get the nuances of the film.

    Very interseting characters. Very fairy tale like.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    It made me cry so I wont watch this again, but it was GREAT!

    I loved this movie from beginning to end. I just don¿t like movies that make me cry so I don¿t want to see it again but I do... argh!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Keeping Dreams Alive

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie!

    absolutly LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Masterpiece from Mr. Burton!

    Tim Burton has created another masterpiece!!! He spins an enchanting story that will have audiences spellbound for hours. I would highly reccomend this movie!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A well-conceived story

    Big Fish is a beautiful commentary of a son's relationship with the father he knows better than he realizes. It uses the sense of whimsy and ideology all adult children feel as they they watch their parents pave life's path ahead of them. I would also suggest that those viewers who are ensnared by the allegory of the fish go back and watch the film again. It isn't about a fish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise...

    This is a fantastic movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film

    This film is full of imagination. Everything about it was great and it was visually stunning. I just love Tim Burton's vision as a director. I expected a lot from the film and was not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I give it 10 stars +

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Very Powerful Movie

    Big Fish is a very good film. Tim Burton did very well in directing this movie. You can see that he obviously put a lot of work into making this film. Big Fish has a very interesting plot and you will never be able to predict what will happen next. The film is filled with lots of fantasy that children will love ( why is it rated PG-13? ). If you are an action/shoot em up film lover, I don't think you will like it much. Otherwise, this film is a very good one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shoulda been called Big Turd.

    I have a great imagination. I can get into the whole story telling thing and appreciate a good fantasy movie. This is not one. I kept an open mind when watching this garbage, but I guess somewhere between the begining and the end, it got boring, then stupid, then drab, and finally really really stupid. A fish????????? What was that all about? He turned into a fish??? Has the American audience gotten so easily pleased that all it takes is a fish and a witch to make you happy? Has the standard gotten that low? All the hype about this movie and blah...... I pre-ordered this movie on hype and I payed the price. Perhaps it's my fault. Don't make the same mistake I did. Mr. Burton has made some gems but let me tell ya, this isn't one of them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magical....

    Tim Burton in a great director and I love his wonderful ideas.the scenery was so beautiful and the story line had good intentions but very slow to the point. Other then that i wasnt disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Away From Reality and Back

    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.

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