Big Fish (2004)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 6 mins

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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.
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Cast: Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Ewan McGregor, Jessica Lange

Crew: Tim Burton (Director), Philippe Rousselot (Director of Photography), Danny Elfman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Release Dates: 26 Mar 2004 (India)

Tagline: An adventure as big as life itself.

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Did you know? When Norther Winslow shows his half finished poem to Edward, (Grass so green / Skies so blue / Spectre is really great!) the handwriting is director Tim Burton's. Read More
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as Ed Bloom - Senior
as Will Bloom
as Ed Bloom - Young
as Sandra Bloom - Senior
as Ping
as Sandra Bloom - Young
as Jing
as Banjo Man
as Econ Professor
as Amos Calloway
as Don Price - Age 18-22
as Mr. Soggybottom
as Jenny - Young / Jenny - Senior / The Witch
as Jump Leader
as Josephine Bloom
as Karl the Giant
as Mildred
as Ed's Father
as Dr. Bennett - Senior
as Norther Winslow


First Assistant Director


Executive Producer
Associate Producer


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director


Sound Effects Editor
Foley Artist
Boom Operator




Production Designer
Set Decorator


Casting Director

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Makeup and Hair

Special Effects Makeup Artist

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator
Special Effects Technician


Stunt Coordinator

Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
An adventure as big as life itself.
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Ed Bloom (Young) comes to buy Jenny's house, he enters to see her playing piano, but the movement of her hands does not match the notes we hear.

Character Error
Mr. Calloway tells young Edward that Sandra is in her last semester at Auburn. Auburn's system used quarters, not semesters.

When Edward first sees Sandra, and time stops, there is a woman swinging hula hoops. At first, she holds the hula hoop with her hand at the top, but when Edward goes through the hula hoop to get to Sandra, she is holding it from the side.

When old Edward is drinking the can of Ensure health drink, he opens it, then in the next shot it hasn't been opened, then in the next shot it is open and he drinks from it.

After Jenny has thrown Edwards's shoes up on the wire Norther, Mildred and the mayor invite Edward to follow them by putting their hands on his shoulders. Mildred's hand is on Edward's back in the first shot, on his shoulder in the second one and again on his back in the following.

While playing football in Ashton, Edward Bloom is running with the ball when two players from the opposing team dive to try to tackle him, and dive off screen. As the camera continues to reveal more of the field, the players are nowhere to be seen. They should have still been on the ground where they had fallen.
Ewan McGregor was cast as Young Ed Bloom when producers noticed the striking similarity between him and pictures of a young Albert Finney, who plays Senior Ed Bloom.

The joke with the elephant defecating while Edward daydreams was unscripted. The filming crew found it hilarious, and quickly zoomed out to get the whole thing.

Even though Young Edward lands in Korea, the ventriloquist and his puppet speak in Tagalog (language of the Philippines) while the Siamese twins and Edward speak in Cantonese (a Chinese dialect). The soldiers who pull the ventriloquist off the stage speak Mandarin Chinese (language of mainland China and Taiwan) while the other soldiers speak in Korean.

When Norther Winslow shows his half finished poem to Edward, (Grass so green / Skies so blue / Spectre is really great!) the handwriting is director Tim Burton's.

The scenes at Auburn were originally supposed to be shot on location on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, but the school officials asked for script approval and the production didn't have time to wait so they filmed the scenes at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama instead.

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 (1990), and therefore purposely did not include scissors in the design.

In the middle of the lettered board in the bank that Norther Winslow robs reads "ROMANS 12:1-2." This refers to the passages in the Bible that says, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."

When young Edward Bloom is singing in the church and his voice breaks, that single note that we hear is actually Ewan McGregor singing.

French actress Marion Cotillard's first American feature film.

Miley Cyrus's feature film debut.

Steven Spielberg was attached to this project and wanted Jack Nicholson to star, but dropped out due to his full schedule, soon after which Tim Burton signed on.

When Edward Bloom arrives home from the Korean War in his dress uniform the patch on his shoulder shows that he was assigned to the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, known as the Rakkasans.