The BFG

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2016 | PG | Adventure Family | 1hr, 57m

Tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. more

... a moderately satisfying, if whole-heartedly shallow journey. Siddharth Martis
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In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, July 1, 2016 2D/3D

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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DIRECTOR

Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter

Melissa Mathison

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Rating MPAA

PG for action/peril, some scary moments and brief rude humor

Storylines 4 more

The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.

Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
official plot version from disney.com

Trivia & Production Notes

  • Adapted from Roald Dahl's 1982 novel, which was illustrated by Quentin Blake.
  • BFG's budget is said to be in the $100 million to $125 million range.
  • The Walt Disney Company is distributing the film in the U.S. and select international territories while Mister Smith Entertainment is handling distribution in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. DreamWorks' partner, Reliance, will distribute the film in India.
  • This marks Steven Spielberg’s first time directing a Disney-branded movie.
  • "In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for The Walt Disney Company, but never as a director," said Steven Spielberg. "It is a special joy to be in the director's chair as we start 'The BFG,' alongside my long-time friends and film collaborators Kathy Kennedy, who introduced me to this project, Frank Marshall and Melissa Mathison. Together with them and Disney, there are many reasons why I am so excited about this joint venture."
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