The BFG (titled onscreen as Roald Dahl’s The BFG) is a 2016 American fantasy animation adventure film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Dahl.
The film stars Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall and Bill Hader. In the film, a 10-year-old orphaned girl named Sophie befriends a benevolent giant dubbed the “Big Friendly Giant”, who takes her to Giant Country, where they attempt to stop the man-eating giants that are invading the human world.
- Starring : Mark Rylance / Ruby Barnhill
- Genre : Adventure / Family / Fantasy
- Country : United States / India / United Kingdom
- Language : English
- Director : Steven Spielberg
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Amblin Entertainment / Reliance Entertainment / Walden Media / The Kennedy/Marshall Company / DreamWorks
- Distributor : ACME / Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Blitz / Cinecolor Films / Columbia Pictures / Constantin Film / Eagle Pictures / Entertainment One / Freeman Entertainment / Italia Films / Leone Film Group / Medusa Distribuzione / Metropolitan Filmexport / Monolith Films / NOS Audiovisuais / Nordisk Film / Odeon / Pinema / Pro Video Film & Distribution Kft. / Reliance Distribution / Sam Film / Ukrainian Film Distribution / United King Films / Walt Disney Studios Japan / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / Walt Disney Studios Sony Pictures Releasing (WDSSPR) / 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Disney+ / Film1 / Freeform / Highlight Film / Mister Smith Entertainment / TriPictures / Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) / Universal Kids / Universal Pictures / Viaplay
The BFG movie
The BFG release date
- May 14, 2016 : France (Cannes Film Festival)
- June 13, 2016 : Australia (Sydney Film Festival)
- June 21, 2016 : USA (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
- June 30, 2016 : Australia
- June 30, 2016 : Israel
- July 1, 2016 : Canada
- July 1, 2016 : USA
- July 8, 2016 : Spain
- July 17, 2016 : UK (London) (premiere)
- July 20, 2016 : France
- July 21, 2016 : Germany
- July 22, 2016 : UK
- July 22, 2016 : Ireland
- July 22, 2016 : Sweden
- July 29, 2016 : India
- August 10, 2016 : Philippines
- August 18, 2016 : Singapore
- September 17, 2016 : Japan
The BFG cast
- Mark Rylance as BFG
- Ruby Barnhill as Sophie
- Penelope Wilton as The Queen
- Jemaine Clement as Fleshlumpeater
- Rebecca Hall as Mary
- Rafe Spall as Mr. Tibbs
- Bill Hader as Bloodbottler
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Maidmasher / Cook(as Olafur Darri Olafsson)
- Adam Godley as Manhugger / Lout #1
- Michael Adamthwaite as Butcher Boy / Danish Driver(as Michael David Adamthwaite)
- Daniel Bacon as Bonecruncher / Lout #2
- Jonathan Holmes as Childchewer / Pub Landlord
- Chris Gibbs as Gizzardgulper / Late Night Walker
- Paul Moniz de Sa as Meatdripper / Lout #3
- Marilyn Norry as Matron
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall began development on a live-action adaptation of The BFG back in the 1990s, and various screenwriters were hired to work on the screenplay in the subsequent years. DreamWorks acquired the screen rights to Dahl’s book in September 2011, and Marshall and Sam Mercer joined as producers, Mathison as screenwriter and Kennedy as executive producer. Spielberg was announced as director in April 2014, alongside his production company Amblin Entertainment as co-producer. Principal photography commenced in March 2015, marking Spielberg’s first directorial film for Walt Disney Pictures, which co-financed the film.
The BFG premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2016, and held its North American debut at the El Capitan Theater on June 21, 2016. The film was released in the United States in Disney Digital 3-D, RealD 3D, IMAX 3D, and conventional theatrical formats on July 1, 2016, the same year of Dahl’s centennial. Although the film received generally positive reviews from critics, it grossed only $183 million against its $140 million budget, making it a box office bomb.
Sophie, a 10-year-old girl who lives in a London orphanage after her parents died when she was a baby, stays awake reading through the nights due to her insomnia. At 3 in the morning, or what she calls the “witching hour”, she sees an elderly giant outside her window who captures her and takes her into Giant Country. There, he explains that Sophie must stay with him for the rest of her life because she saw him and must not be allowed to reveal the existence of giants. He also explains that she will put herself at risk if she goes out in the open, as nine other giants inhabit Giant Country, all of whom are man-eaters and favor the taste of children.
When Sophie awakes, the Fleshlumpeater, the infantile leader of the man-eating giants, enters the smaller giant’s home and smells Sophie. The Fleshlumpeater nearly devours Sophie before exiting. The giant gives Sophie some replacement clothes, as hers are ruined, and Sophie convinces him to take her to Dream Country to catch dreams together. As they leave, they accidentally wake up the Bloodbottler, the more intelligent and cunning second-in-command to the Fleshlumpeater, who awakens the other man-eating giants. They torment and bully the friendly giant by throwing him around like a football and rolling him down a hill in a garbage truck. As the pair escape during a thunderstorm which drives the man-eating giants into the cave, the Fleshlumpeater and the Bloodbottler find Sophie’s blanket (which she had dropped before) and plan to find her. Climbing up the mountain, Sophie tells the giant that he shouldn’t allow the other giants to bully him.
The pair arrives in Dream Country and catch a dream each. While there, the giant reveals that his only other alias (other than “Runt” which the other giants call him, as they are much larger) is “the Big Friendly Giant” and Sophie decides to call him “BFG”. The two then head to London to spread good dreams to sleeping children. As they do so, Sophie realizes that she has lost her blanket. The BFG realizes that the other man-eating giants know about her and she wakes up outside the orphanage. He explains that the last human child he took and raised was discovered and eaten by Fleshlumpeater’s group. She throws herself out of her window in the hope he will appear again to catch her, and he does.
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