Big Business Movie Review

Big Business

Mixed up at birth, two sets of twins finally meet their match.
Big Business Picture
Bette Midler stars as Sadie Ratliff/Sadie Shelton


Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Edward Herrmann, Fred Ward

Michele Placido, Daniel Gerroll, Barry Primus, Michael Gross, Deborah Rush, Nicolas Coster, Patricia Gaul, J.C. Quinn, Norma MacMillan, Joe Grifasi, John Vickery, John Hancock, Mary Gross, Seth Green, Leo Burmester, Lucy Webb Update Cast


There was quite a fear in the 80's about babies being switched at birth. Now take this fear and turn it into a comedy about the rich against the poor. About twins against twins. And just for kicks throw in Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin.

Combine all of these and what will you get? An outrageous 80's comedy of course! So grab some refreshments, sit back, and enjoy another great from those people who brought us "Ruthless People".

In the 1940s, in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, a rich man and his snooty wife get stuck with no hospital for them to have their baby(s). You see the only hospital in town is for employees of the Hollowmade factory. So Mr. Shelton buys the Hollowmade factory and Mrs. Shelton is taken to a delivery room.

At the same time Mr. and Mrs. Ratliff come to the hospital to have their baby(s). Unfortunately, for both couples there is an old senile nurse named Nanny. After each couple has had their first child and are on to the second, Nanny gets confused and switches the kids. Also Mr. Ratliff, after hearing Mr. Shelton name his girls Rose and Sadie, decides his girls will be named the same.

Now it is 1988 and Sadie Shelton is a ruthless money hungry witch, and the head of the company. She wants to sell the Hollowmade Factory, but the people in Jupiter Hollow won't hear of it. They are sending Rose, the snake, Ratliff to New York to kick some snooty butt. There is no time like the present for these twins to meet.

What will happen to these twins when they finally meet face to face...?

All I have to say is get ready for some BIG laughs from "Big Business"!

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Author: MartyUpdate This Review


Like the other great films from Touchstone and Bette Midler (Ruthless people, Outrageous Fortune, and Down and out in Beverly Hills), Big Business is a great 80's film.

It is a timeless classic in my eyes. If I am having a bad day I can sit back turn on my VCR and relax with the comic mix up that both Lily and Bette deliver. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

it has Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin in it.
Are there any?!?

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Key Crew

Director: Jim Abrahams
Writer: Dori Pierson, Marc Reid Rubel
Producers: Bonnie Bruckheimer, Michael Peyser, Steve Tisch
Locations Manager: Stan Mendoza, Janice Polley, Ronald M. Quigley, Steve Rose

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Release Date: 10 Jun 1988
MPAA Rating: PG
Studio: Touchstone Films
Production: Silver Screen Partners III, Touchstone Pictures
Genre: Comedy

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