Big Fish is a 2003 fantasy comedy-drama film adapted from the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Albert Finney, Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange. Finney plays Edward Bloom, a former traveling salesman from the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, now confined to his deathbed. Bloom's estranged son, a journalist played by Crudup, attempts to mend their relationship as his dying father relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult, played by Ewan McGregor.
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 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.
Ewan McGregor as a younger Edward.
Albert Finney as the oldest Edward Bloom.
Jessica Lange as Sandra K. Bloom: Edward's wife.
Alison Lohman as the younger Sandra, née Templeton.
Helena Bonham Carter as Jennifer Hill (Jenny). Bonham Carter also plays an elderly Witch who gives a young Bloom a vision of his future death.
Marion Cotillard as Joséphine Bloom.
Billy Crudup as William Bloom.
Danny DeVito as Amos Calloway: A circus ringmaster, and werewolf.
- Hailey Anne Nelson plays Jenny as an eight year old when Edward first meets her.
- Matthew McGrory as Karl the Giant.
- Robert Guillaume as Dr. Bennett: The family doctor.
- Steve Buscemi as Norther Winslow: A poet from Ashton who supposedly went missing, having never left the idyllic town of Spectre.
-Ada and Arlene Tai as Ping and Jing: Conjoined twins who perform as singers for soldiers in China.(They speak cantonese)
-David Denman as Don Price: A boy from Ashton who was always overshadowed by Edward's achievements.
-Loudon Wainwright III as Beamen: The mayor of Spectre, and -Jenny's father.
-Missi Pyle as Mildred: Beamen's wife.
-Miley Cyrus as 8-year-old Ruthie. Credited as Destiny Cyrus.
-Daniel Wallace as Economics Teacher
-Deep Roy as Mr. Soggybottom, the circus clown and Amos' Attorney.
-Perry Waltson plays Edward as a child.