Taglines: Mixed up at birth, two sets of twins finally meet their match.
In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins unbeknown to the parents. Our story flashes forward to the 1980s where the mismatched sets of twins are about to cross paths following a big business deal to closedown the Jupiter Hollow factory.
Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin (each playing two roles). The movie revolves around two sets of identical female twins; one of each pair was mismatched at birth, with one ending in a wealthy urban family (the Sheltons) and the other in a poor rural family (the Ratliffs). It was produced by Touchstone Pictures, with the plot loosely based on The Comedy of Errors (1589–1594) by William Shakespeare.
The film co-stars Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Joe Grifasi, and Seth Green, as well as siblings Michael Gross and Mary Gross. Directed by Jim Abrahams, critical reaction to the film as a whole was generally lukewarm. Midler received an American Comedy Award in the category Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance, in 1989.
Big Business (1988)
Directed by: Jim Abrahams
Starring: Bette Midler, Lily Tomlin, Fred Ward, Edward Herrmann, Michele Placido, Daniel Gerroll, Barry Primus, Deborah Rush, Patricia Gaul
Screenplay by: Dori Pierson, Marc Reid Rubel
Production Design by: William Sandell
Cinematography by: Dean Cundey
Film Editing by: Harry Keramidas
Costume Design by: Michael Kaplan
Set Decoration by: Richard C. Goddard
Music by: Lee Holdridge
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: June 10, 1988