Big Fish

Big Fish (2003)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Magic Realist Film, Werewolf Film  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 2003  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - PG-13
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Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard. Other roles are performed by Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew McGrory, and Danny DeVito among others. Edward Bloom (Finney), a former traveling salesman in the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, is now confined to his deathbed. Will (Crudup), his estranged son, attempts to mend their relationship as Bloom relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult (portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the flashback scenes).

Screenwriter John August read a manuscript of the novel six months before it was published and convinced Columbia Pictures to acquire the rights. August began adapting the novel while producers negotiated with Steven Spielberg who planned to direct after finishing Minority Report (2002). Spielberg considered Jack Nicholson for the role of Edward Bloom, but eventually dropped the project to focus on Catch Me If You Can (2002). Tim Burton and Richard D. Zanuck took over after completing Planet of the Apes (2001) and brought Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney on board.

The film's theme of reconciliation between a dying father and his son had special significance for Burton, as his father had died in 2000 and his mother in 2002, a month before he signed on to direct. Big Fish was shot on location in Alabama in a series of fairy tale vignettes evoking the tone of a Southern Gothic fantasy. The film received award nominations in multiple film categories, including four Golden Globe Award nominations, seven nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, two Saturn Award nominations, and an Oscar and a Grammy Award nomination for Danny Elfman's original score.

Movie Info

Budget

$70,000,000

Box Office

$123,218,424

Tags

Circus, Cult, Edward Bloom, Family Relationships, Film Based On A Novel, Fish, Fishing, Independent, Journey/Travel, Leech, Literary, Mermaid, Myths/Legends/Magic, Steven Spielberg, Witch

Attributes

Filming Location: Alabama
Narrative Location: Alabama, Paris
Subject: Korean War
Time Period: 1980s

Alternate Titles

Apíthanes istoríes
GR
Big Fish
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Big Fish - An adventure as big as life itself
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Big Fish - Der Zauber, der ein Leben zur Legende macht
DE
Big Fish - Le storie di una vita incredibile
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Big fish: La légende du gros poisson
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Büyük Balık
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Cá Lớn
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Duża ryba
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El gran pez
AR, CO, EC, MX, PE
Golyama riba
BG
Krupna riba
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Krupnaya ryba
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Lielā zivs
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Mahi-ye bozorg
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Mano gyvenimo žuvis
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Nagy Hal
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O Grande Peixe
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Peixe Grande
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Peixe Grande e Suas Histórias Maravilhosas
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Periya Min
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Peștele cel Mare
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Suur kala
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Velika riba
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Velká ryba
, CZ, SK
Velyka ryba
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Απίθανες ιστορίες
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Велика риба
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Голяма риба
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Крупна риба
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Крупная рыба
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बिग फिश
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ビッグ・フィッシュ
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大智若魚
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大智若鱼
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大鱼
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빅 피쉬
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