Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Big Business
Big Business is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Jim Abrahams and starring Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin (each playing two roles). The movie was originally written for Barbra Streisand (Midler's role) and Goldie Hawn (Tomlin's role).The movie revolves around two sets of identical female twins mismatched at birth, with one of each pair 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. Midler received an American Comedy Award in the category Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance, in 1989. In the United States, Big Business debuted within the top three on the box office chart and became a modest success, eventually grossing $40,150,487 during its domestic run.