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Great body transformation movie

on 6/4/2012

Tom Hanks gives an incredible performance as a boy who is transformed into a 30 year old man overnight. That is the entire basis for the movie, the fact that Hanks is convincing as a 12 year old boy. There are some really funny scenes as he awkwardly tries to fit in and get a job.

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At a carnival, young josh baskin wishes he was big only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend billy, josh lands a job at a toy company. But the more he experiences being an adult, the more josh longs for the simple joys of childhood.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203835972
UPC 024543381570
UPC 14 00024543381570
Format DVD
Release Date 3/5/2013
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Hanks,Tom
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Cast & Crew
Allan Wasserman - Actor
Anne Spielberg - Writer
Barry Malkin - Editor
Barry Sonnenfeld - Cinematographer
Elizabeth Perkins - Actor
Gary Ross - Writer
Howard Shore - Original Music By
James L. Brooks, et. al. - Producer
Jared Rushton - Actor
John Heard - Actor
Jon Lovitz - Actor
Mercedes Ruehl - Actor
Penny Marshall - Director
Robert Loggia - Actor
Speed Hopkins - Art Director
Tom Hanks - Actor
Tom Warren - Art Director
Winner (1989) Golden Globe, Tom Hanks, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,People's Choice, Big, Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Nominee (1989) Golden Globe, Big, Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical,Oscar, Tom Hanks, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg, Best Writing, Original Screenplay
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
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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 genuineness and ingenuity...Immediate dilemma, since going back to school is not an option and his mom thinks he's an intruder and doesn't buy into the explanation that he's changed into a man, is to escape to anonymous New York City and hide out in a seedy hotel...Hanks plays chopsticks on a walking piano at F.A.O. Schwarz with a man who turns out to be his boss (Robert Loggia) and as a result of this freespirited behavior is promoted way beyond his expectations, but it's what he does with all his newfound self-worth that propels this 'dramedy'...Greatest growth comes from his involvement with coworker Elizabeth Perkins, though by no means is he the only one getting an education.
ReviewRating 8
Review Now an iconic, breakthrough performance for Tom Hanks, Big is 100% cotton candy fun, an Adam Sandler movie with more of a brain and a heart. Even a soul. The story has become timeless -- and it's kept Penny Marshall's career alive for almot 20 years now -- about a boy who sees that adults have everything that he doesn't, so he wishes to be "big." When he gets his wish, comedy and some touching moments where young Josh learns, real quick, about the difference between kids and grown-ups. Very funny, with good performances from everyone in the film. Though, if her kid was ostensibly kidnapped, why wouldn't mom (Mercedes Ruehl) call the cops?
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 8
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.
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.
Reviewer Mac McEntire
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
David Ansen, NewsWeek ...hilarious.
Hal Hinson, 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.
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...
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