Entertainment Weekly - 09/25/1998
"...Crystal's wisenheimer Long Island charm wears well....[Muresan] is suprisingly endearing..."
USA Today - 04/10/1998
"...[Muresan has] an ingratiating innocence..."
New York Times - 04/10/1998
"...The actors are easygoing and likable....[Crystal's] warmth and wisecracks are more than welcome..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/10/1998
"...A funny, good-natured tale....[Crystal] is a seasoned pro when it comes to this kind of material, and he serves it expertly..."
At 7'7", Max (Gheorghe Muresan) is considered a freak in his native Romania and is banished to a monastery. When he saves the life of Sammy Kamin (Billy Crystal), a down-on-his-luck talent agent, a whole world of opportunity opens up for him. The two embark on an adventure that provides closure for Max with a woman he has obsessed over for years and helps Sammy put his life in perspective and regain what's important to him. Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS) directs this surprisingly bittersweet tale.
Second-rate talent agent Sammy Kamin (Billy Crystal) is always looking for his next big star, usually at the expense of his family and personal life. When Sammy's car plunges into a Romanian river, Max (Gheorghe Muresan), a gentle giant towering 7'7", saves him. A monastery caretaker, Max lives in a quiet world of books and a fantasy world where he is reunited with Lillianna, a girl he kissed more than 20 years before and to whom he continues to write unanswered letters. Sammy sees Max as his ticket to the big time. After convincing him that being a movie star might unite him with Lillianna, the two embark on a journey that will take Max away from his simple existence in Romania to Times Square and Las Vegas. As Sammy gets to know Max, he discovers his sad secret and begins to reassess his own life choices. Surprisingly bittersweet, this Michael Lehmann (HEATHERS, THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS) comedy is a lesson in reevaluating what's important in life. Sight gags are abundant: It's virtually impossible not to chuckle at the diminutive Crystal sitting in the giant's chair eating with tremendous utensils.
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Theatrical release date: April 10, 1998.
This film includes brief appearances by Lorna Luft, Doris Roberts, and Estelle Harris.
The seeds of the story started with Crystal when he worked with the 7'5" wrestler Andre the Giant on THE PRINCESS BRIDE.
Crystal noticed the 7''7" Muresan while watching the NBA draft on television, tracked him down, and convinced him to do the film.
The name of Max's love interest was changed from Angelica to Lillianna--Muresan's wife's name--because it made Muresan more comfortable.