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My Giant (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 10 April 1998 (USA)
Billy Crystal plays a Hollywood agent who stumbles upon Max, a giant living in Romania, and tries to get him into the movies.

Director:

Michael Lehmann

Writers:

Billy Crystal (story), David Seltzer (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Crystal ... Sam 'Sammy' Kamin
Kathleen Quinlan ... Serena Kamin
Gheorghe Muresan ... Max Zamphirescu
Joanna Pacula ... Lilliana Rotaru
Zane Carney ... Nick 'Nicky' Kamin
Jere Burns ... Weller, the Movie Director
Harold Gould ... Milt Kaminski
Dan Castellaneta ... Partlow
Raymond O'Connor ... Eddie
Rider Strong ... Justin Allen
Doris Roberts ... Rose Kaminski
Carl Ballantine ... Rabbi
Eric Lloyd ... Young Sammy
Jay Black Jay Black ... Jay
Lorna Luft ... Joanne
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A down-on-his-luck movie agent (Billy Crystal) goes to a movie site in Romania to be with his only client, his former paperboy. But once he gets there, the kid tells him he is getting a big time agent and that he is fired. Despondent, the agent roams the countryside until he loses control of his car and overturns into a pond where he seemingly is going to drown until a pair of gigantic hands pulls him free of the car. Later he awakens in a monastery and discovers that a 7-1/2' man (NBA player Gheorge Muresan) rescued him. Money dances in front of the agent as he figures ways to get him back to America and into the movies. The giant is only interested in getting to Gallup to see his childhood girl friend. First the agent gets him a small role in the Romanian-filmed movie which earns his plane fare. Then he takes him to Las Vegas where he convinces Steven Seagal (in a cameo as himself) to include the giant in a new action film. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A comedy of incredible proportions.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, mild violence and brief crude humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lilliana is the name of Gheorghe Muresan's wife. The character's name was originally "Angelica" but they changed it to accommodate Gheorghe, who said when he talks of love he thinks of his wife. See more »

Goofs

When Sam and Max are at the bus station to get tickets to Las Vegas and argue over where to go, they leave the ticket office to make a call but never buy the ticket. In the next scene they are on the bus. See more »

Quotes

Sam Kamin: You're firing me?!
Justin Allen: Yeah, well. I'm sorry.
Sam Kamin: I discovered you. You weren't even thinking about acting when I found you. You were delivering my newspapers. I got you this movie. I named you!
Justin Allen: My name was always Justin.
Sam Kamin: Shmell! Justin Shmell. I think they named a town here after you.
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Connections

References The Incredible Hulk (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
(Comme d'Habitude)
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
English lyrics by Paul Anka
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Sonnet 43 Is Not Enough
7 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Billy Crystal wants to be big. He's an agent with one client, a kid he found and developed, and is now firing him at a film shoot in Rumania (actually the Czech Republic). So he drives off in an angry stew, totals his car in a river, and is rescued by a some one physically big: Gheorghe Muresan; if you were a basketball fan in the 1990s, apparently you would know this 2.31-meter tall player. Billy gets him a part in the movie, then takes him on a mid-life bildungsroman across the United States.

Apparently Crystal got the idea when he worked with Andre the Giant on THE PRINCESS BRIDE. While the idea is a good one, there are three major problems with the movie. First, 50-year-old Crystal is too old to play the emotionally stunted post-adolescent here. Second, we don't really begin to gain any sense of emotional value of the two leads until the last twenty minutes of this mildly bloated comedy. Third, Muresan's accent makes him hard to understand, and as an actor, he's the winner of the 1995-1996 NBA Most Improved Player award.

There is some depth in this Billy Crystal vehicle, but alas, he has done it before and better. Director Michael Lehmann doesn't seem to produce any scenes with real emotional depth, despite the presence of Kathleen Quinlan.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Romanian

Release Date:

10 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,117,795, 12 April 1998

Gross USA:

$8,072,007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,072,007
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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