Big PG

Have you ever had a really big secret?
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: February 4, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1988
  • Label: 20Th Century Fox
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh97%

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Total Count: 74

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 401,781
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...
USA Today
Mar 24, 1989
...Funny, warm, sophisticated and above all, imaginative, from start to finish...
Los Angeles Times
Jun 3, 1988
Director Penny Marshall doesn't hammer any themes or satire into the film; she, quite shrewdly, keeps Big likeably small. The comedy is natural and unforced, in no small part because of Hanks' wonderfully slapstick performance. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Dec 26, 2018
What makes this all work, of course, is Hanks himself, who brings remarkable authenticity and simplicity to the role. He makes being a kid seem as wonderful as it was, and as scary and as confusing too. Full Review
United Press International
Aug 23, 2016
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The film succeeds largely because of the splendid performance of Tom Hanks -- who is irresistibly funny as "big" Josh. Full Review
New York Daily News
Jul 28, 2015
Rating: 3/4 -- Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste. Full Review
Philadelphia Inquirer
Aug 2, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff. Full Review
Total Film
Aug 11, 2014

Product Description:

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 Synopsis:

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.

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Production Notes:

  • Shot in DuArt color, release prints processed by DeLuxe. Location shooting was done in Cliffside Park and Fort Lee, New Jersey; New York City and Rye, New York.
  • Saul Bass designed the titles.
  • Estimated budget $20 million.
  • One of four films released between 1987 and 1988 that have a child/adult role-reversal theme. The other three are: "Vice Versa" (Brian Gilbert, USA, 1988); "18 Again!" (Paul Flaherty, USA, 1988); and "Like Father, Like Son" (Rod Daniel, USA, 1987). Previous to this mini-explosion in the late 1980s, there were several other titles that also dealt with the same basic theme. They include the original "Vice Versa" (Peter Ustinov, UK, 1948), which is among the first such films, and "Freaky Friday" (Gary Nelson, USA, 1977) which differs from the rest in that it focuses on a mother/daughter switch.

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  • Sales Rank: 2,647
  • UPC: 024543020172
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