Big Fish

January 9th, 2004

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Big Fish

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A son tries to learn more about his dying father by reliving stories and myths he told about his life.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8.0/10 (195,813 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: Tim Burton

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup

The story revolves around a dying father and his son, who is trying to learn more about his dad by piecing together the stories he has gathered over the years. The son winds up re-creating his father's elusive life in a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts he knows. Through these tales, the son begins to understand his father's great feats and his great failings.

Writers: Daniel Wallace, John August

Ewan McGregor - Ed Bloom - Young
Albert Finney - Ed Bloom - Senior
Billy Crudup - Will Bloom
Jessica Lange - Sandra Bloom - Senior
Helena Bonham Carter - Jenny - Young / Jenny - Senior / The Witch
Alison Lohman - Sandra Bloom - Young
Robert Guillaume - Dr. Bennett - Senior
Marion Cotillard - Josephine Bloom
Matthew McGrory - Karl the Giant
David Denman - Don Price - Age 18-22
Missi Pyle - Mildred
Loudon Wainwright III - Beamen (as Loudon Wainwright)
Ada Tai - Ping
Arlene Tai - Jing
Steve Buscemi - Norther Winslow

Taglines: An adventure as big as life itself.


Official Website: Sony Pictures |

Release Date: 9 January 2004

Filming Locations: Alabama, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $207,377 (USA) (14 December 2003) (6 Screens)

Gross: $122,919,055 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

Young Edward becomes a traveling salesman for a company that sells hands with metal tools as fingers, all held together by a plastic base. The crew were aware that people would draw connections between it and Edward Scissorhands, and therefore purposely did not include scissors in the design.

Anachronisms: In the scene where Sandra is hanging laundry, right after she learns of Edward's apparent death in the war, and right before he re-appears, she is hanging a sheet on a clothes line. A satellite television dish is clearly apparent on the house past her and to the left, right above the laundry basket on the ground.

[first lines]
Young Ed Bloom: There are some fish that cannot be caught. It's not that they are faster or stronger than other fish, they're just touched by something extra.

User Review

How to create your own legacy...

Rating: 8/10

I often find that in order to be captivating, a film these days needs to be stressfully suspenseful or have a complicated story line. This film had neither, and yet I found myself hoping it wouldn't end while at the same time, anxiously awaiting its conclusion. I have to admit, I was distrustful of Burton as many of his more recent films have had less-than-satisfying conclusions. Nonetheless, I went to see Big Fish (3 days before its release in Canada) with no expectations and was astounded. This movie is an absolute treat for our hearts, ears and especially our eyes with each cartoon/fantasy-like scene painted with Tim Burton's reliable brilliance and magical touch. Ewan McGregor is pure sunshine and Albert Finney gives one of the greatest performances of the year- he *is* Big Fish. But I suppose that when you strip away the beauty, the doll-house sets and all the abracadabra of cinematography and modern day technology, all you have is a very simple story, and therein lies the heart of this film; that one can create their own legacy, "the story of my life." Not through either extreme of extraordinary adventure or unbelievable lies, but through the art of storytelling- and THAT is what this film is about. It is through our *stories* that we are immortal.

Go see this movie, bring the kids, bring your date, bring your parents! It is for everyone...everyone who appreciates a visually and emotionally beautiful irregular story about a regular person's life.

***** 5 stars!!

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