“Big,” the 1988 comedy classic directed by Penny Marshall and starring Tom Hanks, will be back up on the big screen for a special 30th anniversary revival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Bainbridge Cinemas.
Twelve-year-old Josh (David Moscow) is told he is too short for a carnival ride while attempting to impress an older girl. He puts a coin into an unusual antique arcade fortune teller machine, called Zoltar Speaks, and makes a wish to be “big.”
The next morning, Josh has been transformed into a grown man (Hanks, then 32 years old). He tries to find the Zoltar machine, only to see an empty field, the carnival having moved on. His mother becomes hysterical when this strange man attempts to explain that he is her son, and so Josh flees to the city with the help of his friend (Jared Rushton), where he begins hunting for the mysterious machine while navigating the pitfalls of adult life.
The movie has received almost universal acclaim, and was reportedly the first feature film directed by a woman to gross more than $100 million.
“Big” is number 23 on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies. In 2000, it was ranked 42nd on the American Film Institute’s “100 Years…100 Laughs” list. In June 2008, AFI named it as the 10th-best film in the fantasy genre. In 2008, it was selected by Empire Magazine as one of “The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.”
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