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Big Fish
- Ewan Mcgregor

Overview - In Tim Burton's family film BIG FISH, a gifted storyteller named Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), who lives in a small town in Alabama, recounts tall tales of his wild worldly adventures. These are shown in flashback with Ewan McGregor playing the young Bloom.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In Tim Burton's family film BIG FISH, a gifted storyteller named Edward Bloom (Albert Finney), who lives in a small town in Alabama, recounts tall tales of his wild worldly adventures. These are shown in flashback with Ewan McGregor playing the young Bloom. Wonderful special effects and vibrant colors that pop off the screen make this Burton film a much sunnier experience than his macabre gems EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and BEETLEJUICE. Yet his signature quirky artistry is unmistakable, and the movie benefits from crisp production values and a loveable, bizarre cast of characters. Told through a series of vignettes, Bloom's stories involve a witch, a giant, a haunted forest, and yes, a big fish. A self-described small-town hero, Bloom explains how he left home at 18 determined to experience anything and everything life could dish out. He worked for the circus, took on daring assignments as a WWII soldier, and rambled across the country as a zany traveling salesman. Utterly unbelievable yet magical and delightful, Bloom's stories just don't translate to his son Will (Billy Crudup) who wants to know his dad's "true" life story. But little by little--through increasingly outlandish tales at which Will cannot resist smirking--the two begin to understand each other, and Bloom weaves his stories into their genealogical fabric.

Cast List

Danny Elfman - Score composer
Dan Jinks
Matthew McGrory - Actor, BIG FISH (2003)
Robert Guillaume - African-American actor, BENSON
Steve Buscemi - American Actor/Director/Screenwriter
Tim Burton - American director
Timothy Burton - American director
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
John August - Writer: 'Go'
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Arne Schmidt - PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE
Arne L. Schmidt - PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE
Billy Crudup - Actor
Helena Bonham-Carter - British Actress
Marion Cotillard
Alison Lohman - American actress, WHITE OLEANDER
Bruce Cohen
Daniel Wallace - Source Writer, BIG FISH (2003)
Albert Finney - Oscar winning actor
Ewan McGregor - Scottish actor, TRAINSPOTTING
Loudon Wainwright III - Musician
Jessica Lange - American Actress, TOOTSIE (1982)
Phillippe Rousselot - French cinematographer, REMEMBER THE TITANS

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 125
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396162204
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (a fight scene, some images of nudity, and a suggestive reference)
  • Release Date: July 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Fantasy
Theatrical Release
Small Towns
Fathers And Sons
Storytelling
Adventurers

 
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Theatrical Release: December 10, 2003

Reviews:
"...[BIG FISH] brims with storytelling sorcery and Burton makes it glitter....[A] marvel of a movie..." - 12/11/2003 Rolling Stone, p.213


"...BIG FISH turns into a wide-eyed Southern gothic picaresque in which each lunatic twist of a development is more enchanting than the last..." - 12/12/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.55-6


"[Burton] is surely one of the most prodigiously imaginative filmmakers around....There are, true to form, some startling scenes in his new movie, BIG FISH." - 12/10/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"Burton cranks up the visual comedy of the character's self-mythology and lets it rip, sometimes to joyously dizzy effect." - 12/10/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"[T]he movie gets better as it goes, as Steve Buscemi and Helena Bonham Carter show up and the story works its way to a finale that can make grown men sniffle." - 01/13/2004 USA Today, p.4D


"[A] great-looking film, with a fantastical visual style that could be called Felliniesque if Burton had not by now earned the right to the adjective Burtonesque." - 12/24/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.48


"The father-son confrontations are tart..." - 02/01/2004 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.100-1


"[W]e get a rare Burton fantasia that evokes other American magic voyages." - 02/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.35-6


"This one proves Tim Burton's an absolute master." - 07/01/2004 Uncut, p.142


4 stars out of 5 -- "BIG FISH is a work in pictures -- and what dazzling pictures they are -- infused with a great big heart." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.85

 
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