Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard. Other roles are performed by Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew McGrory, and Danny DeVito among others. Edward Bloom (Finney), a former traveling salesman in the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, is now confined to his deathbed. Will (Crudup), his estranged son, attempts to mend their relationship as Bloom relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult (portrayed by Ewan McGregor in the flashback scenes).
Screenwriter John August read a manuscript of the novel six months before it was published and convinced Columbia Pictures to acquire the rights. August began adapting the novel while producers negotiated with Steven Spielberg who planned to direct after finishing Minority Report (2002). Spielberg considered Jack Nicholson for the role of Edward Bloom, but eventually dropped the project to focus on Catch Me If You Can (2002). Tim Burton and Richard D. Zanuck took over after completing Planet of the Apes (2001) and brought Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney on board.
The film's theme of reconciliation between a dying father and his son had special significance for Burton, as his father had died in 2000 and his mother in 2002, a month before he signed on to direct. Big Fish was shot on location in Alabama in a series of fairy tale vignettes evoking the tone of a Southern Gothic fantasy. The film received award nominations in multiple film categories, including four Golden Globe Award nominations, seven nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, two Saturn Award nominations, and an Oscar and a Grammy Award nomination for Danny Elfman's original score.
Big Fish is a 2003 American film.
Big Fish may also refer to:
- Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, the novel on which the film is based
- Big Fish (musical), the Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace's novel and John August's screenplay
- Big Fish (soundtrack), the soundtrack album from the film
- Big Fish (TV series), an Australian fishing show
- "Big Fish" (Joe 90), an episode of the TV series Joe 90
- Big Fish (band), a Swedish rock band
- The Big Fish, a sculpture in Belfast
- Big Fish Games, an online game portal
- Big Fish Golf Club, a golf course in Wisconsin
- BK Big Fish, a Burger King sandwich
- Big Fish (yacht), a luxury yacht launched in 2010
- A song by Far From Home on I Want to Be Like You
One of their songs, "Den Blinde Rasisten" (eng. "The Blind Racist"), is based on a poem by Hans Alfredsson. "Den Blinde Rasisten" gained a lot of popularity for its lyrics, which tell the story of a blind boy who grows up to be a racist. He then undergoes a surgical procedure that restores his sight. A glance in the mirror and the man falls dead of a heart attack. The glance had taught him that "he himself was a nigger".
Big Fish is an Australian fishing show aired on One on 8 January 2012 hosted by Marc Vincent.
Big Fish is a musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. It is based on Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, and the 2003 film Big Fish written by August and directed by Tim Burton.
Big Fish revolves around the relationship between Edward Bloom, a travelling salesman, and his adult son Will, who looks for what is behind his father’s tall stories.