A perfect marriage of novel but incisive writing, acting, and direction, Big is the story of a 12-year-old boy who wishes he were older, and wakes up one morning as a 30-year-old man (Tom Hanks). The script by Gary Ross (Dave) and Anne Spielberg finds some unexpected ways of attacking obvious issues of sex, work, and childhood friendships, and in all of these things the accent is on classy humor and great sensitivity. Hanks is remarkable in the lead, at times hilarious (reacting to caviar just as a 12-year-old would) and at others deeply tender. Penny Marshall became a first-rate filmmaker with this 1988 work.
Actors: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton
Directors: Penny Marshall
Format: Color, NTSC
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: 20th Century Fox
VHS Release Date: February 6, 2001
Run Time: 115 minutes