Big Fish (2003)

An adventure as big as life itself.

Original Title : Big Fish
Director : Tim Burton
Writer : Daniel Wallace
John August
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bruce Cohen , Katterli Frauenfelder , Dan Jinks , Arne Schmidt , Richard D. Zanuck
Music : Danny Elfman
Buddy Holly
Eddie Vedder
Photography : Philippe Rousselot
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13
IMDB ID : 0319061
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Ewan McGregor Ed Bloom (Young
Albert Finney Ed Bloom (Senior
Billy Crudup Will Bloom
Jessica Lange Sandra Bloom
Helena Bonham Carter Jenny (Young & Senior
Alison Lohman Sandra Templeton Bloom
Robert Guillaume Dr. Bennett (Senior
Marion Cotillard Josephine
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
Danny DeVito Amos Calloway
Deep Roy Mr. Soggybottom
Perry Walston Ed Bloom (Age 10
Hailey Anne Nelson Jenny (Age 8
Grayson Stone Will Bloom (Age 6-8
R. Keith Harris Ed's Father
Karla Droege Ed's Mother
Zac Gardner Zacky Price (Age 10
John Lowell Don Price (Age 12
Darrell Vanterpool Wilbur (Age 10
Miley Cyrus Ruthie (Age 8
Joseph Humphrey Little Brave
Morgan Grace Jarrett Will's Date
Sallie Hedrick Pretty Girl
Charles McLawhorn Mayor
Frank Hoyt Taylor Sharecropper
Savanna James Little Girl
Billy Redden Banjo Man
James DeForest Parker Shotgun Toter
Russell Hodgkinson Some Farmer
Don Young Shephard
Jayne Morgan Townsperson
David Ramsey Townsperson
Greg Hohn Townsperson
Zach Hanner Cashier
George McArthur Colossus
Jeff Campbell Jump Leader
Lawrence Sykkmon Chinese Emcee
Bonnie Johnson Teller Woman
Howard Houston Jr. Piano Student
Joanne Pankow Heavy-Set Nurse
Trevor Gagnon Will's Son
Jacob Radford Kid
Karlos Walkes Dr. Bennett (Young
Cathy Berry Lobster Woman
John Fugate Side Show Barker
Daniel Wallace Econ Professor
Metz Duites Ventriloquist
Vincent J. Ybiernas Asian Officer (as Vincent Ybiernas
Barry C. Harvard Chicken Plant Operator
Edward Aldag Municipal Dump Owner
Michael Garnet Stewart Auctioneer
C. Alan Rawlins Pretty Man (as Alan Rawlins
Jake Brake Old Zacky
Bevin Kaye River Woman
Charles Hegji Funeral Minister
Robin Steele 50's College Student
John Thornhill 70's Carnival Worker
Diona Walters Spectre Dancer, Citizen
Connie Bean 1950's Woman/Circus Vendor (uncredited
Brandon Carroll Spectre Citizen (uncredited
Jonathan Castile (uncredited
L.C. Holt Spectre Citizen (uncredited
Mark McWhorter Army Officer (uncredited
Matthew D. Miller 1950's Farmer (uncredited
Gary Newton Circus Announcer, Contortionist, Korean Fighter (voice
Jack Terry Parker Texas Man in the 70's (uncredited
Sarah Elizabeth Parker 1950's Sorority Girl (uncredited
Cade Saint Mourner at Funeral (uncredited
Bruce Snowedon Fat Man in Circus (uncredited
Jacob Williams Townsperson with bat (uncredited


This film follows the incredible life of Edward Bloom, through a series of flashbacks that begin when his son Will visits him for the last time. Edward is dying of cancer, and Will hasn't spoken to him for years because he believes him to be a liar that never really cared for his family. As Edward's story unfolds once again, Will tries to finally understand the truth about who his father really was...


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.
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