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Learn more about Big (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 210722035
UPC: 024543580935
UPC 14: 00024543580935
Sales Rank: 1679
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Have You Ever Had a Really Big Secret?
Tom Hanks won raves for his Oscar nominated performance (1988, Best Actor) as a twelve-year-old boy trapped inside a thirty year old body in director Penny Marshall's winning comedy.

At a carnival, young Josh Baskin (Hanks) wishes he was big - only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy (Jared Rushton), Josh lands a job at a toy company. There, his inner wisdom enables him to successfully predict what children want to buy, making the awestruck, naive Josh irresistible to a beautiful ladder-climbing colleague (Elizabeth Perkins). But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood.

"Unpretentious as it is, Big takes you beyond laughter, to where you live. And there's nothing small about that.  Donna Britt, USA Today
"...has a warmhearted sweetness that's invigorating...  Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
"Charming fantasy...Hanks [gives a] superb, seemingly guileless performance...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Great performance by Hanks makes this a winner.  Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Will always remain Hanks' best comic performance.  Rob Thomas, Capital Times

Editor's Note
A boy asks a mechanical swami at a fair to grant his wish to be grown up -- oops! Luckily his best friend recognizes him and helps him get a job at a toy factory where his fresh, uncomplicated innocence wins the president's respect, his colleagues' envy -- and a beautiful woman's love. Academy Award Nominations: Best Actor--Tom Hanks, Best (Original) Screenplay.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Subtitled

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/19/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1988
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2258093
Video UPC UPC: 00024543580935
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Mercedes Ruehl
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Perkins
Video Cast Info Jamie Tirelli
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Rockets Redglare
Video Cast Info Robert Loggia
Video Cast Info John Heard
Video Cast Info Samantha Larkin
Video Cast Info Josh Clark
Video Cast Info Jared Rushton
Video Cast Info David Moscow
Video Cast Info Tracy Reiner
Video Cast Info James Eckhouse
Video Cast Info Jon Lovitz
Video Cast Info Barry Malkin - Editor
Video Cast Info Judianna Makovsky - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Barry Sonnenfeld - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
Video Cast Info James L. Brooks - Producer
Video Cast Info Anne Spielberg - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Juliet Taylor - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Greenhut - Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Composer
Video Cast Info Gary Ross - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Penny Marshall - Director
Plot Summary
A 13-year-old boy named Josh wants, more than anything else, to be "big". And when he makes a wish on a carnival wishing booth his dreams come true: he transposes into the body of a 35 year old man -- though his mind and spirit remain that of a child. Since he can't really go to school looking like an adult, and his mother doesn't know him in his new guise, he heads to New York with his pal Billy, where they proceed to goof off, play around, and act basically like the kids they are. But when Billy leaves, Josh is subjected to the encroaching needs and responsibilities of adulthood, and he quickly discovers both the pleasures and the problems of being grown-up.

Awards


Golden Globe (1989)
   Video Award Name Big, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

People's Choice (1989)
Video Award Name Big, Winner, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture

Oscar (1989)
   Video Award Name Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Screenplay
   Video Award Name Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globe (1989)
Video Award Name Tom Hanks, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Buoyant summer comedy....Hanks is an absolute delight..." 06/03/1988 p.C8

Los Angeles Times
"...Funny, warm, sophisticated and above all, imaginative, from start to finish..." 06/03/1988 p.C1

USA Today
"Tom Hanks accomplishes something quite special here....He convinces you that he really is a 12-year-old-trapped in a body 20 years older..." 03/24/1989 p.3D

Apollo Movie Guide 9 of 10
Tom Hanks progressed from television sitcom star to one of Hollywood's best and favourite actors, culminating in back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor (Philadelphia in 1993 and Forrest Gump in 1994). However, I think Big, for which he was also nominated as Best Actor, is better than either of his Oscar-winning performances. It also stands as director Penny Marshall's best work to date. Needless to say, it's a pretty good film. It's not an "important" film, but it sure is a lot of fun...Hanks plays the grown-up sized version of twelve-year-old Josh Baskin, who makes a wish to be big after being embarrassed in front of a girl while at a carnival. Little does he know the wish would come true. The rest of the film deals with the now-physically-big Josh (who is still a kid inside) and his little best friend, Billy (Jared Rushton), in a search for the travelling carnival so he can get back to normal. Along the way, Josh gets a job in New York City at a toy company, where he quite understandably excels. He also attracts the attention of a beautiful co-worker (Elizabeth Perkins)...Hanks is perfectly believable as a twelve year old without going over the top, as he could so very easily have done. This is no Jerry Lewis-like performance. Hanks gives us many looks, from wide-eyed and innocent, to scared, to rambunctious. In short, he plays a twelve year old like a twelve year old. There's not a wrong note in the whole film. Big is one of the best examples of the otherwise hackneyed body transference genre. Special mention must go to Rushton, who holds his own with Hanks as the wise best friend...This is one, as they say, for the whole family. Kids will love the laugh-out-loud fantasy. Adults will laugh, too, as well as appreciate the sweetness that lies underneath. - Guy MacPherson

DVD Verdict 9 of 10
Around 1987-1988, theaters were flooded with so-called "body-swap" movies. Based on the old Freaky Friday formula, but without that movie's oddball water skiing stunts, these movies dealt with kids being transformed into adults, and adults being transformed into kids. There was 18 Again! with George Burns, Vice Versa with Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage, and Like Father, Like Son with Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron. After these came and went, the fad appeared over, except for one similar film that had yet to debut, Big...Big earned critical raves and huge box office, thanks in part to a star-making turn by Tom Hanks (The Green Mile), in his first of many Oscar-nominated roles. Another key to its success was some confident direction by Penny Marshall (A League of Their Own), with this being the first female-directed film to make more than $100 million...Sure, we've all heard the lame-o cliches about age, such as "You're only as young as you feel," or "wise beyond your years." In the media, these lines are usually abutted with footage of 90-year-olds running marathons or 6-year-olds winning chess tournaments. But you'll find no better example of "age is only a number" than Big...Of course, most of the above is just subtext. On the surface, Big is a goofy comedy with a lot of big, slapstick laughs. Hanks does his share of pratfalls, such as when he tries to fit into a pair of kids' jeans. He also gets plenty of humorous moments when hanging out with Billy, as the two of them pal around like two kids do. Hanks gets to pour on the dramatics in some scenes, including those first few nights of his newfound adulthood, when he finds himself alone and confused, as well as the more serious scenes between him and Susan. Overall, he loses himself in the role, and Big continues to be one of his best performances. The other actors spend most of their time reacting to Hanks, but they each perform nicely, especially Loggia as the kid-at-heart boss. - Mac McEntire

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hanks,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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