Big Fish

  • PG
  • Tim Burton (2003)
  • US
  • 119 min
Big Fish
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

After his foray into the dangerous world of remakes with Planet of the Apes, director Tim Burton returned to more familiar territory here - a strange place somewhere between reality and fantasy, dream and nightmare. Albert Finney plays Edward Bloom, an Alabama travelling salesman whose apparent neglect and selfishness, coupled with ridiculous stories of his exploits, have driven a wedge between him and his son, Will (Billy Crudup). Called to his father's deathbed, Will is infuriated when his wife is regaled with tall tales in which young Edward (Ewan McGregor) encounters a giant, a witch, a shape-changing circus ringmaster and a big fish no one can catch. Intent on exposing his father, the disgruntled son sets out to learn the truth. Despite being confined to his bed, Finney conjures up the charisma of the fabulist - brought to life in flashback by McGregor, performing his familiar but effective cheeky chappy routine. Essentially a road movie, Big Fish drifts colourfully along, but ultimately lacks the edge that made Edward Scissorhands so powerful, as well as so strange.

Plot Summary

Fantasy drama directed by Tim Burton, starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney, and featuring Billy Crudup. On his deathbed, travelling salesman Edward Bloom is reunited with his estranged journalist son and recounts a variety of colourful adventures in which he encounters a giant, a witch and other fantastic creatures.

Cast and crew


Young Edward Bloom
Ewan McGregor
Edward Bloom
Albert Finney
Will Bloom
Billy Crudup
Sandra Bloom
Jessica Lange
Jenny / The Witch
Helena Bonham Carter
Young Sandra
Alison Lohman
Dr Bennett
Robert Guillaume
Marion Cotillard
Karl the Giant
Matthew McGrory
Don Price (age 18-22)
David Denman
Missi Pyle
Loudon Wainwright III
Ada Tai
Arlene Tai
Norther Winslow
Steve Buscemi
Amos Calloway
Danny DeVito
Mr Soggybottom
Deep Roy


Tim Burton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia TriStar
Edited for language and violence, and contains brief nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 23 Jan 2004
Certificate PG