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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Hanks. The cinematography was by Barry Sonenfeld, who went on to become a director himself with Barry Sonenfeld. 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, Rovi

  • Release date:June 3, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Spielberg Best Original Screenplay 1988 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Tom Hanks Best Actor 1987 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Hanks Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Hanks Best Actor 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Ross Best Original Screenplay 1988 Nominee

Cast

Tom Hanks
as Josh Baskin
Elizabeth Perkins
as Susan Lawrence
John Heard
as Paul Davenport
Jared Rushton
as Billy Kopeche
Robert Loggia
as "Mac" MacMillan
David Moscow
as Young Josh
Mercedes Ruehl
as Mrs. Baskin
Jon Lovitz
as Scotty Brennen
Max Raven
as Carnival Strongman
Samantha Larkin
as Girl Friend of Cynthia
Gordon Press
as Moving Man
Dana Kaminski
as Personnel Receptionist
Allan Wasserman
as Gym Teacher
Jordan Thaler
as Administrative Clerk
Mark Ballou
as Derek
Vaughn Sandman
as Boy on Baseball Field
Linda Gillen
as Woman In Red Dress
Gary Klar
as Ticket Taker
Tracy Reiner
as Test Market Researcher
John Rothman
as Phil
Debra Jo Rupp
as Miss Patterson
Bruce Jarchow
as Photographer
Susan Wilder
as Karen
Paul L.Q. Lee
as 4th Executive
Lela Ivey
as Bank Teller
Dolores Messina
as Real Estate Agent
Pasquale Pugliese
as Tenor/Dough man
Edward Schick
as Piano Player
James Eckhouse
as Supervisor
Kevin Meaney
as 2nd Executive
Paul Herman
as Schizo
Harvey Miller
as Personnel Director
Oliver Block
as Freddie Benson
Keith Reddin
as Payroll Clerk
Peter McRobbie
as Executive #3
George J. Manos
as Limousine Driver
Jaime Tirelli
as Spanish Voice
Nancy Giles
as Administrative Woman
Rockets Redglare
as Motel Clerk
Chris Dowden
as 2nd Brother
Vinnie Capone
as Photon Laser Gunfighter

Crew

Penny Marshall
Director
Robert Greenhut
Producer
James L. Brooks
Producer
Gary Ross
Screenwriter
Anne Spielberg
Screenwriter
Barry Sonnenfeld
Cinematographer
Joel Frankel
Songwriter
Glenn Miller
Featured Music
Freddie Washington
Songwriter
Alan Bergman
Songwriter
David Pomeranz
Songwriter
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Sean Hopper
Songwriter
Frank Loesser
Featured Music
Bobby Gosh
Songwriter
Huey Lewis
Songwriter
Johnny Colla
Songwriter
Patrice Rushen
Songwriter
Hoagy Carmichael
Featured Music
Marilyn Bergman
Songwriter
Marvin Hamlisch
Songwriter
Judianna Makovsky
Composer (Music Score)
Barry Malkin
Editor
Santo Loquasto
Production Designer
Speed Hopkins
Art Director
Tom Warren
Art Director
Gary Ross
Co-producer
Anne Spielberg
Co-producer
Susan Bode-Tyson
Set Designer
Judianna Makovsky
Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Paula Abdul
Choreography
Patricia Birch
Choreography
Juliet Taylor
Casting
Mickey Scott
Makeup
Elizabeth Shelton
Assistant Costume Designer
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