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80s Film Summary for Big


The tagline of this 80’s movie was “Have you ever had a really big secret?” and it was quite correct about it. Josh, a typical suburban kid, finds that wishes can be quite powerful.


DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Big was released on October 5, 1999 by 20th Century Fox and is rated PG.


"Big” tells us the story of Josh, a kid who finds that being small is quite a disadvantage, especially if you are left in ridicule in front of the girl that you like. Bitter and sad, Josh finds an odd-looking machine for making wishes. With nothing to lose, he inserts a coin and makes his wish.

Unfortunately, nothing happens…until the next day. There, the audience finds why the movie is titled “Big.” Transformed to a fully-grown adult, Josh finds that his wish is more a problem than a solution.


Josh - Tom Hanks
Susan - Elizabeth Perkins
MacMillan - Robert Loggia
Paul - John Heard
Billy - Jared Rushton


For “Big,” the following actors were considered for the role of adult Josh: Harrison Ford, Robert DeNiro, and Jeff Bridges.

Originally, Steven Spielberg was going to direct “Big,” but, since his sister co-wrote the film, he turned the offer down because he did not want to take credit from her.

Academy Awards:

Tom Hanks won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Josh in Big.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Big was released to theatres on 06/03/1988 and grossed $114,968,774 at the box office in the US on a budget of $18,000,000 .

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