Big

Big

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Director: Penny Marshall

Cast: Penny Marshall, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, John Heard

     
 

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More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big." That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh… See more details below

Overview

More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big." That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh decides to hide out in New York City until he can figure out what to do next. He lucks into a job with a major toy company run by kid-at-heart McMillan (Robert Loggia). By cannily bringing a child's eye view to McMillan's business, Josh rises to the top-and in process, he falls in love with fellow employee Susan (Elizabeth Perkins). But he's still a kid, and he'd like to go back to his own world and own body. Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, Big proved a crucial success for budding director Penny Marshall, who'd work harmoniously with Hanks again on the radically different A League of Their Own. The cinematography was by Barry Sonenfeld, who went on to become a director himself with The Addams Family. That Big was heavily reliant upon the input of Tom Hanks and Penny Marshall was proven by the failed attempt to turn the property into a Broadway musical.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While Josh Baskin in Big was not Tom Hanks's first major role, it began to transform the star of Bachelor Party and Dragnet into one of the leading movie actors of the 1990s. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg tell their story with understated intelligence and a marvelous feel for the mind of a 12-year-old, a time when adolescent obsessions are just starting to edge into the child's psyche. Both physically and emotionally, Hanks does a nearly flawless job of putting the soul of a 12-year-old boy into the body of a 35-year-old man. His awkward gangliness and clumsy over-enthusiasm look and feel as if he's not yet used to the body he's grown into, and his naivete is convincing, unforced, and utterly winning. Josh never seems childish, but rather like a child who is out of his element and determined not to let it show (which, of course, just makes it show all the more). Hanks also had the good fortune to be cast alongside Elizabeth Perkins, whose sharp but sneakily charming personality has rarely been used to better advantage, and Jared Rushton, who in his scenes with Hanks achieves the goofy rapport of two kids talking after school with someone almost three times his age. Hanks's and Marshall's feel for details and willingness to take a subtle approach raise the film well above Vice Versa or Like Father, Like Son, two similarly themed films which took a much broader tone, making clear how big a difference a light touch can make.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
UPC:
0024543044857
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Pan & scan format; (aspect ratio 1.33:1); Original theatrical trailer; Languages: English stereo; French stereo, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Josh Baskin
Elizabeth Perkins Susan Lawrence
John Heard Paul Davenport
Jared Rushton Billy Kopeche
Robert Loggia "Mac" MacMillan
David Moscow Young Josh
Mercedes Ruehl Mrs. Baskin
Jon Lovitz Scotty Brennen
Linda Gillen Woman In Red Dress
Gary Klar Ticket Taker
Jon Levita Actor
Alec Von Sommer 1st Brother
Josh Clark Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block Freddie Benson
Erika Katz Cynthia's Friend
Allan Wasserman Gym Teacher
Mark Ballou Derek
Chris Dowden 2nd Brother
Jaime Tirelli Spanish Voice
Paul Herman Schizo
Nancy Giles Administrative Woman
Jordan Thaler Administrative Clerk
Dana Kaminski Personnel Receptionist
Tracy Reiner Test Market Researcher
James Eckhouse Supervisor
Mildred R. Vandever Receptionist
Kevin Meaney 2nd Executive
Peter McRobbie Executive #3
Paul L.Q. Lee 4th Executive
Debra Jo Rupp Miss Patterson
Lela Ivey Bank Teller
Dolores Messina Real Estate Agent
Gordon Press Moving Man
George J. Manos Limousine Driver
Vinnie Capone Photon Laser Gunfighter
Susan Wilder Karen
John Rothman Phil
Judd Trichter Adam
Pasquale Pugliese Tenor/Dough man
Edward Schick Piano Player
Samantha Larkin Girl Friend of Cynthia
Bruce Jarchow Photographer
Vaughn Sandman Boy on Baseball Field
Rockets Redglare Motel Clerk
Harvey Miller Personnel Director
Keith Reddin Payroll Clerk
Max Raven Carnival Strongman

Technical Credits
Penny Marshall Director
Paula Abdul Choreography
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Songwriter
Patricia Birch Choreography
Susan Bode-Tyson Set Decoration/Design
Kimberly A. Bradstreet Songwriter
James L. Brooks Producer
Mario Cipolina Songwriter
Johnny Colla Songwriter
Joel Frankel Songwriter
Bill Gibson Songwriter
Bobby Gosh Songwriter
Robert Greenhut Producer
Marvin Hamlisch Songwriter
Chris Hayes Songwriter
Speed Hopkins Art Director
Sean Hopper Songwriter
Billy Idol Songwriter
Tony Jannelli Camera Operator
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Huey Lewis Songwriter
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Judianna Makovsky Score Composer,Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Malkin Editor
David Pomeranz Songwriter
Gary Ross Co-producer,Screenwriter
Patrice Rushen Songwriter
Mickey Scott Makeup
Howard Shore Score Composer
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Anne Spielberg Co-producer,Screenwriter
Steve Stevens Songwriter
Juliet Taylor Casting
Tom Warren Art Director
Freddie Washington Songwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. After Midnight
3. Cynthia Benson
4. Zoltar Speaks
5. Big
6. Friend in the City
7. Job Interview
8. First Day at Work
9. World of Toys
10. Chopsticks
11. MacMillian Meeting
12. Moving In
13. Office Party
14. Hot in the City
15. Sleep Over
16. Cheater
17. Birthday
18. An Affair to Remember
19. Best Friends
20. "I'm a Child"
21. Big Decision
22. "I'm Gonna Miss You"
23. Back Home
24. End Credits

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