Big (film)

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Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight.wikipedia
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Penny Marshall

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Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight.
Marshall made her directorial debut with Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986) before directing Big (1988), which became the first film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million at the U.S. box office.

Tom Hanks

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Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight.
Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Cast Away (2000), Road to Perdition (2002), Cloud Atlas (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Sully (2016) and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019).

Elizabeth Perkins

The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
Her film roles have included About Last Night... (1986), Big (1988), The Flintstones (1994), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), Avalon (1990), and He Said, She Said (1991).

David Moscow

The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
He is best known for his role as the young Josh Baskin in the 1988 film Big.

Robert Loggia

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The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Jagged Edge (1985) and won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for Big (1988).

John Heard (actor)

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The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
He had lead roles in several films, including Deceived, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Heart Beat, Cutter's Way, Cat People, and C.H.U.D., as well as supporting roles in After Hours, Big, Beaches, Awakenings, Rambling Rose, The Pelican Brief, My Fellow Americans, Snake Eyes, and Animal Factory.

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Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Adult Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood overnight.
Situations can be neo noir crime comedy, satirical comedy-drama & black comedy as sometimes as fantasy comedy which is behind swapping gender roles, as in Tootsie (1982); an age changing role, as in Big (1988); a freedom-loving individual fitting into a structured environment, as in Police Academy (1984); a rural backwoodsman in the big city, as in Crocodile Dundee, and so forth.

Gracie Films

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It was produced by Gracie Films and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
The company is primarily responsible for producing the long-running animated series The Simpsons, as well as the films Big, Broadcast News, and Jerry Maguire.

Gary Ross

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The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
He also wrote the screenplay for the fantasy comedy film Big (1988) and the political comedy film Dave (1993).

Fortuneteller machine

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He inserts a coin into an unusual antique arcade fortune teller machine called Zoltar, and makes a wish to be "big".

FAO Schwarz

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Josh meets the company's owner, Mr. MacMillan, at FAO Schwarz, and impresses him with his insight into current toys and his childlike enthusiasm.
The dance-on piano, made famous by the 1988 Tom Hanks’ film Big, brought national attention to the brand.

Jon Lovitz

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His film credits include roles in The Brave Little Toaster, Rat Race, Big, A League of Their Own, The Wedding Singer, High School High, and The Benchwarmers.

Jared Rushton

He is best known for his roles in several films from the late 1980s, including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Big, and Overboard.

Mercedes Ruehl

Her other film credits include Big (1988), Married to the Mob (1988), Last Action Hero (1993) and Roseanna's Grave (1997).

Debra Jo Rupp

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She voiced Mary Helperman in the animated series Teacher's Pet and its sequel film, as well as playing timid secretary Miss Patterson in Big (1988).

The Walking Piano

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They play a duet on a foot-operated electronic keyboard, performing "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks".
A new version was specifically created for the 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big at the request of director Penny Marshall.

Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

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The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Original Screenplay.

Anne Spielberg

The film also stars Elizabeth Perkins, David Moscow as young Josh, John Heard and Robert Loggia, and was written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg.
After working for her brother's production company, Amblin Entertainment, she and her neighbor Gary Ross co-wrote the movie Big in 1988, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Academy Award for Best Actor

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The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Original Screenplay.

Cliffside Park, New Jersey

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Twelve-year-old Josh Baskin, who lives with his parents and infant sister Rachel in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, is told that he is too short for a carnival ride called the Super Loops, while attempting to impress Cynthia Benson, an older girl.
Scenes from the 1988 film Big, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall, were filmed in Cliffside Park.

Twin films

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Big was part of a series of twin films featuring an age-changing plot produced in the late 1980s, including Like Father Like Son (1987), 18 Again! (1988), Vice Versa (1988), 14 Going on 30 (1988), and the Italian film Da grande (1987).

Playland (New York)

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Josh learns from Billy that the Zoltar machine is now at Sea Point Park.

Body swap appearances in media

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It also excludes age transformations that are sometimes reviewed or promoted as body swaps, as in the movies Big and 17 Again; identity/role swaps, typically between twins, clones, look-alikes, or doppelgängers; and characters with multiple personalities.

AFI's 10 Top 10

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In June 2008, AFI named it as the tenth-best film in the fantasy genre.

Josh Clark

Clark has also appeared in several films, most recently with a supporting role in Disney's McFarland, USA, and including Faster, (2010), the indie film I Am I, (2013), the short film Stranger at the Pentagon, (2013), Fingers (1978), Ragtime (1981), and the Tom Hanks comedy Big (1988).