Big Business (1988)

PG   |    |  Comedy

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Two couples of sisters from New York and from the countryside discover that they are connected in an incredible way.




  • Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business (1988)
  • Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business (1988)
  • Fred Ward in Big Business (1988)
  • Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business (1988)
  • Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business (1988)
  • Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in Big Business (1988)

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12 November 2005 | cgallo
| Situational Humor, Strong Point of View
I rushed right out and located the DVD of "Big Business," even though I knew that Disney had a bad reputation for minimal value in extras on their DVD releases. That situation has improved over time, and seeing BB in wide screen made it all worthwhile. This movie started out funny for me and has gotten better with repeated viewings. It has an excellent pedigree with Jim Abrahams directing and Dean Cundey manning the camera, and the leads are definitely up to the challenge of dualie roles.

It is unusual for a comedy to have the strong viewpoint and values expressed in this movie. Fred Ward's Rune talks about the simple pleasures of living in the rural country and you know that somebody involved with the script knew those pleasures personally. The characters rarely become stereotypes. Even the secondary characters are treated with respect.

Dean Cundey, Director of Photography, must have been specializing in trick photography as he went on to shoot "Back to the Future 2" and "3" with even better results. The effects budget for BB was high enough to keep the believability intact.

To me this is an all-around enjoyable light comedy.

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Release Date:

10 June 1988


English, Italian

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,112,577 12 June 1988

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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