Finney plays Edward Bloom, a former traveling salesman from the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, now confined to his deathbed. Bloom's estranged son, a journalist played by Crudup, attempts to mend their relationship as his dying father relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult, played by Ewan McGregor.
It stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard. Other roles are performed by Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Buscemi, Matthew McGrory, Missi Pyle, Miley Cyrus, Deep Roy, Robert Guillaume and Danny DeVito.
The movie received award nominations in multiple movie categories, including four Golden Globe Award nominations, seven nominations from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, two Saturn Award nominations, and an Academy Award and a Grammy Award nomination for Danny Elfman's original score.