Break out that giant piano keyboard, because Tom Hanks’ Big is jumping its way back into theaters to celebrate the landmark fantasy-comedy’s landmark 30th anniversary. The three-decade milestone means Big is now exactly as old as Josh Baskin, the 30 year-old grown-up Hanks played in the film itself.
The story of the boy who wanted to wield adult-sized powers is returning to movie screens thanks to a partnership between Turner Classic Movies and 20th Century Fox. The Penny Marshall-directed movie became one of the pop culture touchstones of its era and was, well, a big hit with both critics and moviegoers when it debuted in 1988.
Big earned Hanks an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the beleaguered Josh, the adult version of the 12 year-old (played by David Moscow) whose magically-granted wish to be tall enough to board a carnival ride ended up taking him on a much, much, wilder ride than he’d bargained for.
After transforming into the 30 year-old played by Hanks, Josh gets a job at a toy company (of all things), fires up a romance, and then realizes he’s still just a kid on the inside. Desperate to escape all his newfound grown-up problems, he embarks on a hunt to find the Zoltar machine, the carnival contraption that granted him his wish to be big in the first place, to reverse the curse.
The movie scored Hanks a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars, and was among a pioneering handful of films from female directors to achieve both commercial and critical success. For the 30th anniversary theatrical run, you can catch Big in one of more than 700 U.S. theaters on both July 15 and July 18.
Fathom Events has advance tickets for the two screening, and they’re available at the site’s Big 30th Anniversary landing page.