Three decades have gone by since an innocent 12-year-old Josh Baskin expressed a secret desire to a fortune-telling machine in a carnival, and overnight, he became a grown-up person, and if you are one of those who never had the chance to enjoy Big the way it should have been, the opportunity to do so will present itself next month.
Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox have joined hands for the 30th-anniversary screenings. On Sunday, July 15, and Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) on both days, Big will be screened in over 700 movie theaters all over the US. The screenings are a part of the year-long Big Screen Classics series from Turner Classic Movies. There will also be pre and post-movie commentary by the TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz. This is what Tom Lucas, Vice President of Studio Relations for Fathom Events had to say in a statement.
“Big is the film that really cemented Tom Hanks’ place as a superstar, and it’s easy to see why, it’s one of the sweetest and most charming comedies ever made, and it’s a real pleasure to bring such a beloved film back to movie theaters as a summertime treat thanks to our partnership with Turner Classic Movies.”
Over the years, we tend to ignore the fact that Tom Hanks is only Tom Hanks. Instead, he seems to be a lovable megastar and a superb actor that he is today. However, it was Big which played a crucial role in consolidating his position as a dependable actor loved by people, but, also as one of the actors with genuine talent that was seen later in films such as Philadelphia, Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan. It is true that even before Big, he had movies like The Money Pit and Splash to boast of, but, Big can be considered the film which brought to us the lovable Tom Hanks of today.
This role got Tom Hanks his first Best Actor Oscar nomination. Throughout his career, he has been nominated four times and won twice, and we believe there are certainly some more to come from him. The screenwriters of the film Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg also secured nominations for their work. Big had a superb cast comprising of Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton and David Moscow as young Josh, and Mercedes Ruehl as his mom.
This Penny Marshal directed film earned $151.6 million at the box office and has a 97 % approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. You can check the complete list of participating theater locations on the website of Fathom Events, although the details are subject to change. Big’s tickets can be purchased online at FathomEvents.com or a member theater box office.