Gracie Films / 20th Century Fox Released 1988



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Penny Marshall

14 year old Josh Baskin has a good life, but for the girl of his dreams not noticing him, seemingly interested in older guys. When he is passed over for one at a local carnival, he comes upon a strange novelty machine called a Zoltar. It seems to be a wish making machine and, in desperation, Josh makes a wish that he was big, so that he may get all the grown up perks, like attention from his dream girl Cynthia. But be careful what you wish for. The next morning Josh is indeed big, a grownup, but obviously, this is not going to work. So when he finally convinces his best friend Billy of his identity, the two travel to New York City to try and locate the Zoltar machine so Josh can wish himself back to normal.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Big features believable young teen-age mannerisms from the two real boys in its cast, and this only makes Mr. Hanks's funny, flawless impression that much more adorable. This reall...

  • 80


    A 13-year-old junior high kid Josh (David Moscow) is transformed into a 35-year-old's body (Tom Hanks) by a carnival wishing machine in this pic which unspools with enjoyable genui...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The greatest thing about Big is that its makers have known how to end it in a thoroughly satisfying fashion, which is always the challenge-and often the stumbling block-of fantasy....


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      • Production Budget - $18,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $114,968,774 (4th)
        Worldwide Gross - $151,668,774 (8th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $228,259,172
        Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $301,123,405

      • Filming locations include:
        Cliffside Park, New Jersey, USA
        Bronx, New York City, New York
        Cliffside Park, New Jersey
        New York City, New York
        New Rochelle, New York
        Manhattan, New York City, New York
        New York City, New York
        Fort Lee, New Jersey
        Rye, New York
        Manhattan, New York City, New York

      • Taglines:
        1. Have you ever had a really big secret?
        2. A wonderful new comedy.
        3. You're Only Young Once But For Josh It Might Just Last A Lifetime.
        4. Yesterday Josh Wanted Everything In Life - Girls...Money...Cars... Today, All His Wildest Dreams Have Come True!

      • Music:
        The Way We Were
        Written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, and Marvin Hamlisch
        Rebel Yell
        Written by Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
        Performed by Billy Idol
        Welcome to Our World of Toys
        Written and Performed by Bobby Gosh
        Be A Helper Bee
        Written by Kimberly A. Bradstreet
        Performed by Kimberly and Friends
        We Go Together
        Written by Joel Frankel
        Performed by Kimberly and Friends
        Heart and Soul
        Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser
        Hot in the City
        Written and Performed by Billy Idol
        Workin' For a Livin'
        Written by Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper, and Huey Lewis
        Performed by Huey Lewis & The News
        Moonlight Serenade
        Written by Glenn Miller
        Forget Me Nots
        Written by Patrice Rushen and Freddie Washington
        Performed by Patrice Rushen
        It's in Everyone of Us
        Written by David Pomeranz
        Chattanooga Choo Choo
        Music by Harry Warren
        Lyrics by Mack Gordon
        Sung by Mercedes Ruehl while vacuuming
        Music by Euphemia Allen

      • Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Actor - Tom Hanks (won by Dustin Hoffman for Rain Man)
        2. Original Screenplay

        ASCAP Awards Wins:
        1. Top Box Office Film

        Saturn Awards Wins:
        1. Actor  - Tom Hanks
        2. Supporting Actor - Robert Loggia
        3. Writer

        Saturn Awards Nominations:
        1. Best DVD Special Edition
        2. Best Fantasy Film
        3. Young Actor - Jared Rushton   (won by Fred SavageFred Savage  for Vice Versa)
        4. Director - Penny Marshall   (won by Robert Zemeckis for Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

        Golden Globes Wins:
        1. Best Actor for Musical / Comedy - Tom Hanks

        Golden Globes Nominations:
        1. Best Comedy / Musical

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    Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Kids


    grown up kids, quotable, extraordinary situations, funny fantasies, Family Dramas