Big (Blu-ray)

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good drama!!!!!

on 5/31/2012

I loved this movie when I was a kid. Back then we had VHR. I loved it when it came in as DVD and Blu-ray. The movie got very good story, nice acting and good cinematography. I will definitely recommend it to you all. This movie is one of the best movie for kids. Read More

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 210722035
UPC 024543580935
UPC 14 00024543580935
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/6/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Blockbuster
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Love Story
Magic
Mishaps
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Toys
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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
Directors
Penny Marshall
Actors
Elizabeth Perkins
Tom Hanks
Robert Loggia
John Heard
Cast & Crew
Mercedes Ruehl - Star
Elizabeth Perkins - Star
Jamie Tirelli - Star
Tom Hanks - Star
Rockets Redglare - Star
Robert Loggia - Star
John Heard - Star
Samantha Larkin - Star
Josh Clark - Star
Jared Rushton - Star
David Moscow - Star
Tracy Reiner - Star
James Eckhouse - Star
Jon Lovitz - Star
Barry Malkin - Editor
Judianna Makovsky - Costume Designer
Barry Sonnenfeld - Director of Photography
Santo Loquasto - Production Designer
James L. Brooks - Producer
Anne Spielberg - Screenwriter
Juliet Taylor - Producer
Robert Greenhut - Producer
Howard Shore - Composer
Gary Ross - Screenwriter
Penny Marshall - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 2258093
UPC 00024543580935
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 105 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Golden Globe (1989) Big, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Tom Hanks, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
People's Choice (1989) Big, Winner, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Oscar (1989) Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Screenplay,Tom Hanks, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Apollo Movie Guide
Review 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.
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Reviewer Guy MacPherson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource DVD Verdict
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Mac McEntire
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Donna Britt, USA Today Unpretentious as it is, Big takes you beyond laughter, to where you live. And there's nothing small about that.
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post ...has a warmhearted sweetness that's invigorating...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Charming fantasy...Hanks [gives a] superb, seemingly guileless performance...
Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review Great performance by Hanks makes this a winner.
Rob Thomas, Capital Times Will always remain Hanks' best comic performance.

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