July 23rd, 2016



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A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.3/10 (1,532 voted)

Critic's Score: 66/100

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie's presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Writers: Melissa Mathison, Roald Dahl

Mark Rylance - BFG
Ruby Barnhill - Sophie
Penelope Wilton - The Queen
Jemaine Clement - Fleshlumpeater
Rebecca Hall - Mary
Rafe Spall - Mr. Tibbs
Bill Hader - Bloodbottler
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson - Maidmasher / Cook (as Olafur Darri Olafsson)
Adam Godley - Manhugger / Lout #1
Michael Adamthwaite - Butcher Boy / Danish Driver (as Michael David Adamthwaite)
Daniel Bacon - Bonecruncher / Lout #2
Jonathan Holmes - Childchewer / Pub Landlord
Chris Gibbs - Gizzardgulper / Late Night Walker
Paul Moniz de Sa - Meatdripper / Lout #3
Marilyn Norry - Matron

Taglines: From the human beans that created E.T. and the author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "Matilda"


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official Roald Dahl Website |

Country: UK, Canada, USA

Language: English

Release Date: 1 July 2016

Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $140,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

The source novel "The BFG" (1982) by Roald Dahl is an expanded version of one of Dahl's short stories from his earlier book "Danny, the Champion of the World" (1975). See more »


User Review


Rating: 8/10

In recent years our good friend Steven Spielberg has been dishing out biopics and war films (War Horse, Lincoln and Bridge of Spies). But with the BFG, Spielberg allows himself to unleash his creativity and imagination that made him popular as a filmmaker in the first place. The film holds the same amount of magic and nostalgia as E.T or Jurassic Park. It's whimsical, humorous and at times emotional.

Of course, we have to also give all due credit to Roald Dahl, who conjured up this simple, but enchanting story of a young orphan and a Big, Friendly Giant. His book was then exceptionally adapted by the late and great Melissa Mathison(who was also the screenwriter of E.T) . Her screenplay was then Moulded and translated by Spielberg, who did a fantastic job of bringing the characters up off the page and onto the screen. The film shows his visionary approach to directing, and displays the power of his imagination.

The film, by all means, isn't for everyone. It is certainly no "intellectual" and I'm sure that the film buffs in the audience could identify dozens of plot holes. It is not thrilling, nor is it romantic. It tells a very basic story, and it's loaded with "cliche" Spielberg nostalgia. But if you are a fan of Dahl, Disney, Spielberg or the Magic of Cinema, this is a must see. It's a feel good story, captured in the most magical way. Forget Harry Potter and his wizardry, this is real Magic.


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