DVD 98 mins IMDB 7.2 (22,563 votes)
20th Century Fox (1988)
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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
Allan Wasserman Gym Teacher
Judd Trichter Adam
Josh Clark Mr. Baskin
Kimberlee M. Davis Cynthia Benson
Oliver Block Freddie Benson
Erika Katz Cynthia's Friend
Mark Ballou Derek
Gary Howard Klar Ticket Taker (as Gary Klar)

Director Penny Marshall
Producer James L. Brooks; Robert Greenhut
Writer Gary Ross; Anne Spielberg
Cinematography Barry Sonnenfeld
Musician Howard Shore
User Credit 1 Barry Malkin
User Credit 2 Judianna Makovsky

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

Edition Details
Barcode 086162126086
Region Region 1
Chapters 24
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Have you ever had a really big secret?
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Trivia: Susan's car is a 1988 Subaru XT6. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When "old Josh" meets Billy for the first time in the ballroom, the football helmets change position on the table beside Josh throughout the shots. (more)

Susan: It happened again. David, the girl is absolutely useless. You've gotta get me someone who knows what she is doing. Excuse me. I'm not getting any of my mail, nothing has been filed. Ever since she got engaged, my life has been a disaster.
Personnel Director: You know, she came so highly recommended.
Susan: She spent the last three months writing down her married name. "Mrs. Judy Hicks", "Mrs. Donald Hicks"; "Mrs. Judy Mitchellson Hicks", sometimes with a hyphen, sometimes without a hyphen. Sometimes, she spells the hyphen.

Awards: Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations (more)