The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 70):
11. “BIG” (1988)
When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.
Tom Hanks—Josh Baskin
David Moscow—Young Josh
Jon Lovitz—Scotty Brennen
Mercedes Ruehl—Mrs. Baskin
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
*Opening Weekend: AUD 612,644 (Australia)
*Gross: $114,968,774 (USA)
*The scenes in Josh's neighborhood were filmed in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. The amusement park scene in the beginning of the movie where the wish was made was filmed at Ross Dock Picnic Area on the Hudson in Fort Lee. It is not an amusement park but was set up as one. The George Washington Bridge can be seen clearly in some of the shots. The scene at the end where he finds the machine were filmed on the pier at Rye Playland, in New York's Westchester County.
*Tom Hanks was the first choice to play Josh Baskin but was unavailable due to scheduling conflicts with the films Dragnet and Punchline. Robert De Niro was then offered the lead role, and was rejected because his salary demand ($6 million) was too high. Tom Hanks then became available and accepted the lead role for $2 million. David Moscow was originally cast not as young Josh, but as Billy, since he didn't look like Robert De Niro. When Tom Hanks was given the role, David Moscow was recast as young Josh.
*To give star Tom Hanks an idea of how a 12 year-old would behave, director Penny Marshall filmed each "grown-up" scene with David Moscow (Young Josh) playing Tom Hanks's part, who then copied David Moscow's behavior.
*Penny Marshall became the first female director to ever direct a movie that grossed more than $100 million at the box office with this movie.
*Jared Rushton's (Billy) hair was dyed for the film. He's a natural blonde.
*According to Monica Rushton, Jared Rushton (Billy), David Moscow (little Josh) and Tom Hanks (big Josh) were put in a room with a bunch of toys to play with. Having silly string, they tried to use it to gross each other out and that is how the silly string scene between Jared Rushton and Tom Hanks appeared in the movie.
*The film's budget was estimated at $17 million.
*The offices of an actual advertising agency on 23rd Street in the Chelsea district in New York City was used for the scenes involving the fictitious MacMillan Toys Company, which were very hard on both the film crew and the actual workers of the agency. The location fee of $25,000 was donated to the American Craft Museum by the agency and Twentieth Century-Fox.
*According to actor Robert Loggia, on the day they filmed the famous keyboard scene at F.A.O. Schwarz, he and Tom Hanks noticed that doubles dressed like them were on hand just in case the two could not do the dance moves correctly. It became their goal to do the entire keyboard number without the aid of the doubles. They succeeded.
*Albert Brooks turned down the role of Josh Baskin.
*Harrison Ford turned down the role of Josh Baskin.
*The "Walking Piano" used in the film's trademark scene was created by an Italian inventor named Remo Saraceni. Mr. Saraceni's many musical inventions grace children's organizations worldwide. As of 2008, his famous Walking Piano is currently being implemented into a piano instructional game called Piano Wizard made by Allegro Multimedia.
*Robert Loggia's character is based on then FAO Schwarz CEO Peter Harris. The character is a youthful, albeit goofy, retailer, true to Harris' own charisma.
Why I Picked this movie #11:
1.A timeless movie.
2. Old theme done with modern voice.
3. The movie that show how are of actor Tom Hanks would be for the next ten years.
4. Great job of pulling at the heart strings
5. Full has hell
6. Awesome casting
7. Awesome chemistry with the cast
8. Awesome script.
9. Unique story
10. Tom Hanks best film from the 1980’s
11. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
12. Awesome love story.
13. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
14. Great dialog.
15. One of Tom Hanks top five funniest films ever.
First time seeing it:
At the theater, by myself.