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1,474 Ratings


Directed by Penny Marshall
United States, 1988
Comedy, Drama


A young boy makes a wish at a fairground machine to be big. He wakes up the next morning to find that his wish has been granted and his body has grown older over night. But he is still the same 12 year old kid on the inside. Now he must learn how to cope with the unfamiliar world of grown ups…

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Big Directed by Penny Marshall

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1989 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1988 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Writers Guild of America

1989 | Nominee: Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1989 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

1989 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Critics reviews

With the zeal of a silent comedian, Hanks draws on his full arsenal of physical tics for the part—and yet, for all his manic energy, there’s never a sense that he’s begging for the audience’s affection. Instead, Hanks selflessly merges his own palpable joy in acting with the needs of the eternally youthful character he’s playing.
November 02, 2016
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