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12-year-old Josh wishes he was 'big' and wakes up to find that overnight he has developed into an adult male (Tom Hanks). Kicked out of home by his mother, who doesn't believe his story, man-child Josh quickly gets a job developing new ideas for toys, with much success. He also finds himself successful with women - something he isn't quite ready to handle!
A perfect marriage of quirky but incisive writing, acting and direction, Big is the story of a 12-year-old boy who wishes he were older, and wakes up one morning as a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks). The script by Gary Ross (Dave) and Anne Spielberg finds some unexpected ways of attacking obvious issues of sex, work and childhood friendships, and in all of these things the accent is on classy humour and great sensitivity. Hanks is remarkable in the lead, at times hilarious (reacting to caviar just as a 12-year-old would) and at others deeply tender. Penny Marshall became a first-rate filmmaker with this 1988 work.--Tom Keogh, Amazon.com--This text refers to the VHS tape edition.
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Whether "Big" is the best of the bunch is a pretty subjective matter but in my humble opinion it simply has to be.
Tom Hanks is simply wonderful as the 13 year old Josh Baskin and was quite worthy of his Oscar nomination. He brings an innocence to the role that is absolutely perfect, he never goes childishly silly and he never acts like a young boy pretending to be grown up, he simply acts like a 12 year old and the performance is incredibly realistic.
I think this is where this film scores over some of the other of this ilk, in that it concentrates on the golden times of childhood and doesn't become just a situation comedy. It reminds you of how wonderful it was to be 12, when the summer days seemed endless. It reminds you of how central your family was when you were young and how "best friends" really were the best.
Apart from Hanks there isn't really much room for anyone else. Robert Loggia as the kindly toy company boss is good value and Elizabeth Perkins as Hank's love interest performs with sensitivity. Special mention though for two fantastic child performers in both David Moscow as the young Josh but especially to Jared Rushton as Josh's best friend Billy.
It is sentimental, make no mistake about that, but I don't think it can be accused of being sloppy and I'm sure it will delight watchers both young and old.
It also of course tackles bigger issues and also questions certain concepts, like marketing. Does it really work with children, of course our man Josh has all these great ideas (he is a child) and he challenges all the ideas of the Right Hand Man McMillan, who represents the competitive, arrogant businessman who appears never to have had a childhood and understands nothing but what the figures and statistics say. In all of this Big Bad World Josh still manages to woo the woman with his childish charm and his reactions to sex, before and after, are the clichéd reactions of a child.
But the underlying story while he is having all this fun is his longing to return home, and despite a child's wishes he still cares about his mother who is desperately seeking the return of her son, believing him kidnapped by the adult Josh. The whole film is a build up to make us fall deep into Josh's world appealing to our child inside, and then suddenly he has to make the choice between his love and his family (his real life). Hanks' performance is touching, and an early indication of his strength in a lead role. A superb film and one I'll never forget from my childhood.
scrap the old 2 Disc dvd set
get this all new Blu-ray version, which has both versions in new 1:85:1 High definition transfers with new 5.1 Master audio mixes
the new Extended cut which runs for 130mins total
has all the Deleted scenes & some outtake scenes inserted back in the Theatrical cut
apparently when Penny marshal when to check out the outtakes the quality were in excellent condition
Good enough for them to be given new HD transfers to be included with the Deleted scenes back in the film
so both Deleted & outtake scenes have been given new HD transfers to match the Theatrical cut of course
the Theatrical is only about 104mins
i don't mind the Extended cut personally i think it's slightly better version in regards to the storyline
the usual Theatrical cut is also Good, but it is matter of opinion of course
choose which version you want to watch
but nethertheless 20th century fox made a Huge effort with the HD transfers for both films
both versions have excellent sharp & clear picture quality for sure, No grain or Dirt much better than the old dvd
and the new 5.Read more ›
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My very first introduction to Tom Hanks. Loved this film and have collected this actors films ever since. An enjoyable film with a very pleasing message.Published 1 month ago by DEREK C BOWGEN
I grow up watching Big and my family love watching it now, great family film must watchPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Sham Amazon Prime customers had to pay for a25 + year old movie.
But it was worth the money. Great light entertainment great fun