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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1989 - 29 July.6 August

Sections & Films

BIG

Category: Edition 1989

Synopsis
Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again?

Original Title Big
Italian Title Big
Category Out of competition
Section Midnight and Cinema
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 104'
Production Year 1988
Nationality USA
Directed by Penny Marshall
Screenplay Gary Ross, Annie Spielberg
Music Howard Shore
Main cast Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia

 regista penny marshallPENNY MARSHALL

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx, New York, on October 15, 1943. She is the younger sister of filmmakers Garry Marshall and Ronny Hallin. Her father was of Italian descent (originally surnamed "Masciarelli") and her mother was of German, Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry.
She attended a private girls' high school in New York and then went to the University of New Mexico for 2 1/2 years. There, Penny got pregnant with daughter, Tracy Reiner, and soon after married the father, Michael Henry, in 1961. The couple divorced two years later in 1963. She worked as a secretary for awhile. Her first film debut came from her brother Garry Marshall, who put her in the movie Uffa papà quanto rompi (1968) with the talented Debbie Reynolds and James Garner.
Penny had been working on miscellaneous writing projects ("My Country Tis Of Thee", a bicentennial spoof for Francis Ford Coppola and "Paper Hands" about the Salem Witch Trials) with writing partner Cindy Williams. Cindy happened to be a friend and ex-girlfriend of Henry Winkler's, so Garry asked the two to play the parts of these girls. The audience saw their wonderful chemistry, and loved them so much, a spin-off was created for them.
Penny was well-known as Laverne DeFazio. She and Rob had a terrible divorce in 1980. The show ended three years later, half a year after Cindy Williams left the show due to pregnancy (her first baby, Emily, from now ex-husband Bill Hudson)... they wanted Williams to work the week she was supposed to deliver.
Soon after, Penny began directing such films as Jumpin' Jack Flash (1986), Big (1988. Her hobbies include needlepoint, jigsaw puzzles and antique shopping. She is best friends with actress Carrie Fisher and is godmother to Carrie's daughter, Billie.