Big Business [Blu-ray]
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Bette Midler [‘Outrageous Fortune,' ‘Ruthless People' and ‘Down and Out In Beverly Hills'] and Lilly Tomlin [‘All of Me' and ‘9 To 5'] are the first ladies of laughter. Star in this critically acclaimed box office hit about two sets of identical twins that are mismatched at birth. Forty years later, their paths cross amid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, and the result is unrestrained pandemonium. New York's opulent Plaza Hotel is the setting for a wildly hilarious, classic case of mistaken identities, split personalities, and double trouble! With the unparalleled comedic talents of Bette Midler and Lilly Tomlin, two's company and four's a riot!
FILM FACT: The film was originally written for Ms. Barbra Streisand (Bette Midler's role) and Ms. Goldie Hawn (Lily Tomlin's role). The plot is a coincidental and playful combination of three previously recognizable stories: Aesop's “The Town Mouse” and the “Country Mouse,” Mark Twain's “The Prince and the Pauper” and Shakespeare's “Comedy of Errors.” The production company couldn't get the rights to film at the actual Plaza Hotel in New York City, so it had the hotel recreated on sound stages. To recoup construction costs, Disney produced a sitcom called ‘The Nutt House’ around it. It was an expensive flop. Jim Abrahams said he staged one of the boardroom scenes based on an experience he had when a large agency used many employees to get him to sign with them. Ms. Bette Midler received an American Comedy Award in the category Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in 1989.Read more ›
The story concerns two sets of twins who were mixed up at birth; the city super-rich Sadie and Rose Shelton, and Jupiter Hollow country folk Sadie and Rose Ratliff. When the Shelton's company Moramax decides to stripmine Jupiter Hollow, the two Ratliff twins journey to New York in order to attend the annual stockholder's meeting and kick up a big fuss.
All the action takes place at the world-famous Plaza Hotel; the film is a delightful throwback to the screwball comedies of the 30's with the opening and shutting of doors, etc). The cast includes Edward Herrmann, Mary Gross and Fred Ward in fine supporting roles, though the spotlight is always on Lily (Rose Shelton and Rose Ratliff) and Bette (Sadie Shelton and Sadie Ratliff).
Two thumbs up!
The DVD includes a trailer for "Spy Hard". (Single-layer, single-sided disc).
This movie is filled with quotes that me and my good buddies Frank and Jake repeat over and over. 1/2 of our conversations and daily dialect somehow involve lines from Big Business. I have always wondered if there any other people out there that are as twisted as we are! Some favorites lines:
Sadie Ratliff: "For once in my life I'm gonna be Joan Collins, and your not gonna stop me."
Sadie Shelton: "I don't see how is it that you, my own sister, can stuff your face and nothing happens and I subsist on 60 calories a day or else blow up like a Macy's Day float!"
Judy: "Hi Rose, how's Duke doing?"
Rose Ratliff: "Duke!? My Dog? Boy, when you go snoopin' into people's lives, you don't miss a trick, do you?"
Office Workers: "Hi Rose"
Rose Ratliff: "Oh, hi, hi everyone. Just fine, had a good breakfast, oatmeal, but I guess you know that. Got on my Tuesday panties, but I guess you know that too."
Sadie Ratliff: "I got to get me some of those press-on nails. Do those things stay on? I wouldn't want em floppin off in any of those fancy nightclubs."
Dr Jay: "Rose I've been doing a lot of thinking and we can fix this."
Rose Ratliff: "Fix what? Oh, you're Sly."
Dr Jay: "Sly? I couldn't be more sincere"
Small child: "What's a cow plop mommie?"
Rose Shelton: "I hate my job... I hate shopping... I hate New York in June. How about you?"
Sadie Ratliff: "I hate grits. And I hate men who smell like beer and bean dip...and makin' love in the back of recreational vehicles!"
I could go on and on, but will stop here before I quote the whole movie. The fun of Big Business is endless. Be sure to buy this DVD, you won't be sorry you did!
When a rich couple have to have their twin girls in a small town, all kinds of madcap comedy starts to happen. First, the kids get mixed up. The rich couple is supposed to have two Bette Midlers, if you can believe it. And the poor folks are suppose to have two Lily Tomlins. But each couple gets one of each. And to make matters even funnier, both Lily's are named Rose and both Bette's are named Sadie. Each Sadie has a different personality. Each Rose has a different personality. Where do I begin?
The poor folks Sadie is a cow milkin', sweet singin' kind of gal who yodels and has lots of fun.
The rich folks Sadie is head of the family business now that her mom and dad are dead, and she thinks she's hot stuff. She's all stuck up and full of herself.
But, when poor Sadie visits New York, she has a lot in common with rich Sadie. They both like the same kinds of clothes, and like to eat the same things.
Poor Rose is Lily Tomlin at her best as a brash, life ain't gonna stop her kind of gal. Rich Rose is Lily Tomlin as an accident getting ready to happen. Poor Rose lets all her attitude hang out, and says just what she's thinking. Rich Rose cowers behind rich sister Sadie.
But when they all get together, the fun really begins, as ex-spouses and boyfriends find out they are attracted to Sadie, but it's the other Sadie they're really interested in. Same way with Rose.Read more ›
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The description says NTSC but the disk is PAL format and will not playPublished 2 months ago by D. Richardson
The disc wouldn't play at all on any of my devices. I think I was sent a blank one, when I wanted to sent back for refund was advised I would only get 50% back. So I threw it out.Published 4 months ago by Kelly jones
I am from Canada, and I could not play this DVD, on my DVD Player, or my friends DVD Player, because of the stupid Code symbol on the case. Why sell foreign DVD's to CanadaPublished 11 months ago by Fern Pierre
I love this movie! It's a little cheesy but i'm okay with cheesy. I love the story line. This is a movie that will make you happy.Published on Dec 2 2013 by willowkelsey
Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin are great together. They are very funny in this movie and I would highly recamend this movie to all ages from kids to adults. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Fina09
This is one of Bette's best films! Lilly Tomlin is also fantastic. Full of great one liners and facial expressions. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by Randy Fernandez
In a word....."brilliant!"
This film is so funny. Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin are fantasic in this and what a bonus, you get two of each!! Read more
No extras on a DVD. Especially a film so loved with a countless cult following. I would like to ask that people not buy this and write or e-mail disney as to why that decision... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2002 by Daisy Randone
I was on a waiting list to get this DVD since I love this film. Disney must have been cheaper than usual when formatting this disk, because it has no special features. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by J. Russo