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Larger Than Life (1996)

A motivational speaker discovers that the inheritance his father left for him is in the form of an elephant.

Director:

Howard Franklin

Writers:

Roy Blount Jr. (screenplay), Pen Densham (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Adler ... Event Coordinator
Bill Murray ... Jack Corcoran
Richard Alan Baker Richard Alan Baker ... Richie
Richie Allan ... Man in Audience
Kimberly Thornton Kimberly Thornton ... Pyramid Woman
Anita Gillette ... Mom
Maureen Mueller ... Celeste
Jeremy Piven ... Walter
Alex Neiwerth Alex Neiwerth ... Matthew
Alfa-Betty Olsen Alfa-Betty Olsen ... Party Guest
Carrie Houk Carrie Houk ... Receptionist
Harve Presnell ... Trowbridge Bowers
Tai Tai ... Vera
Earl Billings ... Cop
Jeannine Hutchings Jeannine Hutchings ... Outraged Woman
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Storyline

Motovational Speaker Jack Corcoran is determined to get his career off the ground, but the biggest gigs he can get are the ones nobody wants. Then one day, he receives a telegram that his circus clown father has passed away, and has left a "huge" inheritance. When he gets there, he finds that his inheritance has come in the form of a elephant that was his father's pride and joy in circus acts. His main intention is to sell the pacaderm off. Jack must choose between loud and rude zookeeper Mo or attractive animal show owner Terry. As the two trek through the country Jack and the elephant develop a bond, and it changes his approach on life for the better. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Taglines:

He's got 5 days to go coast-to-coast. (There's just one BIG problem.)

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Large as Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,779,504, 3 November 1996

Gross USA:

$8,315,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,315,693
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vera was actually named Tai (born November 4, 1968), a celebrity Asian elephant best known for playing Bo Tat in the film Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), Vera in Larger than Life (1996) and Rosie in Water for Elephants (2011). Tai was owned by Have Trunk Will Travel, Inc., a privately funded organization that generates income through elephant rides, shows and events, as well as film and commercial appearances. See more »

Goofs

Vera is supposed to be of breeding age. As Kirby had Vera in his act before Jack was born, based on the photos shown to Jack, and Jack being approximately 45 years old and elephants Vera's age when she started performing at around 5 to ten years old, that would make Vera 50 to 55 years of age. 50 is the maximum age an elephant would be able to breed. 70 is the life expectancy of an elephant. These are numbers based on healthy elephants not in captivity or in circuses. Vera would need to be between the ages of 20 to 30 and in good health to be considered for breeding. From the looks of the elephant in the film, Vera is actually only around 27 years old. Bill Murray was born in 1950, Tai the elephant was born in 1968. So, either there is some magical Hollywood film time travel or the writers had such a flimsy premise for a story that they figured the audience would overlook such a big discrepancy. See more »

Quotes

Jack Corcoran: Finally, I got over it.
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Soundtracks

Theme from 'The Magnificent Seven'
Written by Elmer Bernstein
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a misfire that works
7 March 2015 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

This could have been a stupid, idiotic film. Well, actually, it /is/ a stupid, idiotic film. But it works, mostly because of Bill Murray's performance.

A man who has to unload his father's trained elephant does not make for a promising story, comic or dramatic. What makes this film work is Murray's generally laid-back performance. His character -- a motivational instructor who teaches patient and thoughtful behavior -- displays such. He rarely gets badly upset, and there's little of the frantic slapstick one would expect from other actors. (I suspect Roy Blount was consciously writing such a story.) When a reviewer states that the film misses the obvious sight gags its premise suggests -- well, that's the point of it, right?

This isn't a film that demands a second viewing. But it's far better than you might expect, and its refusal to assault the viewer is welcome. It's a perfect film when you don't want to watch anything demanding.

PS: I just love the parents who say this (and other films) are good family films because they lack sex, violence, adult language, etc. Unfortunately, most such films are garbage that pervert a child's taste.


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