Big Fish


Big Fish

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A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes.



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The story of a braggart and exaggerator, Edward Bloom, and his son, William, who--after a long estrangement--returns home only to learn his father is dying of cancer. Desperate to know the complicated man before it's too late, William sets out, trying to unravel fact from fiction.

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Ewan McGregor
as Young Ed Bloom
Albert Finney
as Senior Ed Bloom
Billy Crudup
as Will Bloom
Jessica Lange
as Senior Sandra Bloom
Alison Lohman
as Young Sandra Bloom
Helena Bonham Carter
as Jenny/The Witch
Robert Guillaume
as Senior Dr. Bennett
Marion Cotillard
as Josephine Bloom
David Denman
as Don Price (Age 18-22)
David Denham
as Don Price (age 18-22)
Missi Pyle
as Mildred
Ada Tai
as Ping
Steve Buscemi
as Norther Winslow
Danny DeVito
as Amos Calloway
Deep Roy
as Mr. Soggybottom
Perry Walston
as Ed Bloom (Age 10)
Hailey Anne Nelson
as Jenny (Age 8)
Grayson Stone
as Will Bloom (Age 6-8)
R. Keith Harris
as Ed's Father
Karla Droege
as Ed's Mother
Zachary Gardner
as Zacky Price (Age 10)
John Lowell
as Don Price (Age 12)
Darrell Vanterpool
as Wilbur (Age 10)
Miley Cyrus
as Ruthie (Age 8)
Joseph Humphrey
as Little Brave
Sallie Hedrick
as Pretty Girl
Frank Hoyt Taylor
as Sharecropper
Savanna James
as Little Girl
Billy Redden
as Banjo Man
James DeForest Parker
as Shotgun Toter
Russell Hodgkinson
as Some Farmer
Don Young
as Shephard
Jayne Morgan
as Townsperson
David Ramsey
as Townsperson
Greg Hohn
as Townsperson
Zach Hanner
as Cashier
George McArthur
as Collossus
Jeff Campbell
as Parachute Jump Leader
Lawrence Sykkmon
as Chinese Emcee
Bonnie Johnson
as Teller Woman
Howard Houston Jr.
as Piano Student
Joanne Pankow
as Heavy-Set Nurse
Trevor Gagnon
as Will's Son
Karlos Walkes
as Young Dr. Bennett
Cathy Berry
as Lobster Woman
John Fugate
as Sideshow Barker
Daniel Wallace
as Econ Professor
Metz Duites
as Ventriloquist
Vincent Ybiernas
as Asian Officer
Barry C. Harvard
as Chicken Plant Operator
Edward Aldag
as Minicipal Dump Owner
Alan Rawlins
as Pretty Man
Jake Brake
as Old Zacky
Bevin Kaye
as River Woman
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Critic Reviews for Big Fish

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Audience Reviews for Big Fish

Beautiful visually and emotionally. A wonderful examination of relationships and mortality. Albert Finney proves again what a fine actor he is.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Will Bloom: A man tells so many stories, that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal. "An Adventure As Big As Life Itself." Big Fish is a very interesting movie. The plot jumps around and while we are being told the stories, we, like the child of the man in the stories, don't know what's true and what's false. Now, Big Fish isn't one of my favorites from Tim Burton, but it does show some expansion in his filmmaking. This movie is more real life than anything he's ever done. Sure there's some fantastical elements that remind us of other Burton films, but this one is so much more different than anything he's ever done. Big Fish is the life story of a dying old man, Ed Bloom. He is a storyteller, that tells fantastical stories about his life, which seem to have little to do with reality. His son, Will, also is under the belief that the stories are made up. Either way we get to hear and see the stories the way Ed would have told them. There's a lot of bizarreness going on here as you would suspect with any Burton film. There's a giant, a witch, a humongous fish, and a love story that stops time. Overall the plot elements add up to a pretty satisfactory story even if something seems to be missing from he overall outcome. Big Fish is a film I more appreciate then enjoy. I never have fallen in love with it, but it always entertains and intrigues me. It's well worth a watch as it has solid direction from Burton and it boasts a strong and well-know cast.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Fantasy movie by Tim Burton. A man is dying of cancer. His son is desperate to know his father. He tells him how he met his mother. Great cast and story.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


Tim Burton may be the biggest name attached to Big Fish, but its really screenwriter John Augusts' movie, as he masterfully adapts a book about storytelling into a movie about storytelling with ease. In fact, I'd say the biggest detriment to the film is Burton himself, who seems out of his element, trying to cling to any creepy element he can find. In the non-fantastical scenes, his direction is boring and bland; without any crazy stylistic flourishes, he seems to simply get the easiest shots possible. The actors in the movie are all incredibly talented, yet for some reason, none of them seem to be at their best (except maybe Albert Finney). In the end, the story is involving and deep enough to carry all the flaws to the end, making Big Fish an understandably flawed but nonetheless ambitious and charming adventure.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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