Penny Marshall (1988)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Tom Hanks received his first Academy Award nomination for his fine performance in this goofy comedy (he made up for not winning by being awarded consecutive best actor Oscars - for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump - in the 1990s). He plays a 12-year-old boy transplanted by a carnival wishing contraption into a man's body, and his portrayal of a simple but sincere guy in a cynical world foreshadows his role as Gump. Elizabeth Perkins also makes an impact as a co-worker who finds herself strangely attracted to Hanks's little big man. Big may well be a formula fantasy movie, but Penny Marshall's polished direction combined with Hanks's gauche charm make it the best of the spate of body-swap movies turned out by Hollywood in the late 1980s.


A boy ridiculed for his size makes a wish on a fairground machine to become bigger - only to wake up as a 30-year-old man. Driven from his home by his terrified mother, the bewildered youngster trapped in a grown-up body makes his way to New York, where he rises high in the ranks of a toy manufacturing company and applies his youthful enthusiasm to the complexities of adult life. Comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia.

Cast & Crew

Josh Baskin Tom Hanks
Susan Lawrence Elizabeth Perkins
"Mac" MacMillan Robert Loggia
Paul Davenport John Heard
Billy Kopeche Jared Rushton
Young Josh David Moscow
Scotty Brennen Jon Lovitz
Mrs Baskin Mercedes Ruehl
Mr Baskin Josh Clark
Cynthia Benson Kimberlee M Davis
Freddie Benson Oliver Block
Cynthia's friend Erika Katz
Gym teacher Allan Wasserman
Director Penny Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama