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Big [WS] [DVD] [1988]

  • SKU: 3751684
  • Release Date: 02/04/2003
  • Rating: PG
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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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (730 out of 737)

    Synopsis


    Big
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Josh Baskin
    • Elizabeth Perkins
      Elizabeth Perkins - Susan Lawrence
    • John Heard
      John Heard - Paul Davenport
    • Jared Rushton
      Jared Rushton - Billy Kopeche
    • Robert Loggia
      Robert Loggia - "Mac" MacMillan



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 737 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Memories, in the corner of my mind.

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      Pablohoney
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      I had not seen this film for over 20 years, so, I essentially went from being the age of Tom Hank's character, as a kid, when I first viewed it, to the age of some of the adults he worked with. Yet, I can honestly say, I enjoyed it virtually the same as I did originally. The likability of this movie is mainly thanks to the genuine character that Tom Hanks brought to life. You really get the feeling that this actually happened to him, as he slips into this part so effortlessly. But, the supporting cast is equally up to the challenge, with each bringing forth talent to make a nice ensemble. I think we all long to have our situation be different at various seasons of life, so, we will really relate to the universal themes running through this movie. As for the Blu-Ray, itself, the video gives a continual soft, clean display throughout. It did not blow it out of the park but, it really complimented the warmth of the story, thus performing well for what was needed. While you know you are watching an older film, they did an excellent job of hiding that fact. The audio would be rated the same, performing well, nothing overtly stands out.. This movie mainly utilizes dialogue, with the exception of the piano scene and the limo ride, so, the sound fulfilled its duties. It includes a few supplements which I am working my way through, currently. It was cool to hear several of the cast and behind the scenes folks reminisce about this film, sans Hanks. Elizabeth Perkins aged beautifully. Overall, this is one of those nostalgic 80's films that still holds up fairly well. It is something that the whole family can enjoy, with the only exceptions being the language in a few scenes, along with a few innuendos. This disc is a great value and if you are a fan of the movie, you should not hesitate purchasing it. For those who have never seen it, the price is right for a blind buy.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      BIG Laughs From Tom Hanks

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      Deanabear
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      This 1988 comedy/fantasy film is Penny Marshall's 2nd attempt as a director and it was critically a smash hit. Tom Hanks stars as Josh who magically turns from a 12 year old boy to a 30 year old man over night after putting a coin into a carnival fortune teller machine and makes a wish. He becomes an outcast to his family and most of his friends, except one, who do not recognize him. They set out to find the machine that granted his wish, but in the mean time he lands a job with a toy manufacturing company, finds success and a love interest, but his 12 year old self longs for the youth he has lost. Finally finding the machine he attempts to reverse what had happened to him, but now he faces the loss of his new girl friend. Pure fantasy and great fun!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is one of our family's favorites!

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      AandJ091108
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      This is one of our family's favorite movies ever! It is clean, it is funny and it really makes you think. What would happen if I was big just now, how would things change etc. Are wishes unwishable? Tom Hanks plays a young man who is 12 and wishes he is big. The next morning, he wakes up and he is big - full grown! He now has to sneak out of his house and figure out where the wishing machine that he wished on the night before is. He cannot unwish without the machine. The tale takes you through his adventures over the next few months, as he becomes a toy company marketing manager and falls in love with a girl (Elizabeth Perkins) and lives on his own. Luckily, as all good stories end, he is able to have a happy ending and go back to his life as a normal 12 year old boy. We have watched this movie many many times and love it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Careful what you wish for...BIG is not just SIZE!

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      moviefanatic
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      A young boy is granted his wish that he be BIG! He soon finds out that BIG is not just a large size but encompasses growth in everything that makes us BIG other than just in stature. We must also become BIG in intelligence, maturity, understanding and eventually, through our capacity to grow in our compassion and in the full awareness of our true humanity. Just wishing we were BIG does not give us true bigness. We must develop slowly and through the experiences of life. Slow down and experience the life we desire and BIG will eventually be yours. A profound undertaking, becoming BIG. It is portrayed in this movie with great understanding, plenty of humorous situations and just plain GREAT FUN!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Early Tom Hanks Nostalgic Comedy

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      Giotto
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      It was the acting of Tom Hanks & the directing of Penny Marshall that made this into a timeless and universal classic film. The theme is "Be careful what you wish for". Sometimes wanting to be Big (grown up)before the right time might not be all that it seems when you are a perfectly normal pre-teen boy. This is an adult film with a few adult scenes meant to be nostalgic/romantic to adults from any decade. I bought this Blu Ray/DVD release to replace my DVD from the late 1990s that was letterboxed & pillarboxed (unchangeable small image on new big screen TV). The blu ray has excellent video & audio quality, so I had no need to watch the DVD disc, but it too is in 1:85 ratio and fills the 16 X 9 screen of newer TVs. Highly recommended.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Timeless Classic

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      eckoe
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      Two-time Oscar Winner Tom Hanks received his first Best Actor Nomination for his disarming turn as a 12-year-old man-child in Penny Marshall's timeless, hilarious delight. Tired of being a kid, Josh Baskin wishes he was big. When he wakes up the next day, he's an adult! Now, Josh must hold down a job – and please a new boss (Loggia). Tougher still, he must convince his best friend that he's still himself, and explain to a beautiful woman (Perkins) who falls for him, that he's not. Soon, Josh just wants to be a kid again, but can he?

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A good popcorn flick

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      Okdie
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      So this is a great movie about a kid who wants to be big and he gets his wish and i loved that this movie shows both sides of what could happen in a situation like this. It shows how the kid would be happy about his decision and the bad of his decision. Tom Hanks just did this role so perfectly i loved it so much!! There are a couple of kid roles and other roles that aren't the best and there are times where i just feel as if the movie gets a little cheesy. I should also say that the movie is PG and i think it should be more of a PG13 there are just a few parts where the kids need to shut their eyes but enough that this movie should be PG13

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Be careful what you wish for ;)

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      PhotoGirl4Ever
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      More than anything 13 year old New Jersey boy Josh wants to be "Big." After making a wish on an old fashioned fortunetelling machine, he awakens the next morning a grown man (in the form of Tom Hanks.) What a dilemma! Still mentally & emotionally a 13 year old boy, he decides to hide out in New York City to figure out what to do next. The adventure that ensues will keep you smiling. This is a gem of a movie, and a classic not to be missed. Tom Hanks delivers a funny, sweet and thoroughly entertaining performance - this movie's got heart. One of my all-time favorites.

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