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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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 »
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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un elefante llamado Vera 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,289,972, 15 December 1996
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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

The USAF plane near the end of the movie is a C-5A Galaxy from Travis AFB, CA. Sadly, it has been sent to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ and is no longer in service. See more »

Goofs

As they are walking across the desert, there are multiple sets of elephant tracks in the sand, then on the far shot tracks in the sand from the camera crew. See more »

Quotes

Jack Corcoran: I'm a motivator, not a physical therapist.
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Connections

Referenced in Ho Ho Nooooooo!!! It's Mr. Bill's Christmas Special! (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hermanos Alou
Written by Tiesco Del Rey
Performed by Tiesco Del Rey
Courtesy of Upstart Sounds
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Slow starter but worth sticking it out
19 November 2002 | by budikavlanSee all my reviews

I would probably have given up on this movie had it not been showing in the middle of the night against infomercials and test patterns. It takes about 30 minutes before it really gets going, when Bill Murray and Vera hit the road. Bill Murray's performance is serviceable if unspectacular; it's a rather underwritten role that could have been played by most anyone, but the low-wattage version of Murray's charm does come through from time to time. Janeane Garofalo is well-used in a small role, but Matthew McConnaughey makes the most vivid impression in truly goofy part as an insane truck driver. Except for exposition, the first quarter or so of the film is dull, but the rest makes for pleasant if low-key entertainment. The "relationship" between man and elephant is genuinely touching.


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