A-List: Tom Hanks


He’s a two-time Oscar winner and one of the most well-liked and respected actors in Hollywood.  Tom Hanks has long been compared favorably to the legendary Jimmy Stewart.  He’s an actor audiences almost inherently relate to and cheer for.  He started off as a goofball in drag and somehow managed to change course in his career to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor.

Hanks - Bosom Buddies

Yep, Tom Hanks road to Oscar started with a sitcom in which Hanks regularly dressed in drag.  Bosom Buddies was a high concept 80’s sitcom at its worse.  Hanks and co-star Peter Scolari played two guys who dressed in drag in order to live in an apartment complex for women.  Hysterical!  Not so much.  But Hanks was the break-out star somehow managing to find the funny despite being trapped in a wig every week.


I usually ignore TV movies in these kinds of write-ups.  But Mazes and Monsters is just too hysterical to ignore.  It’s like the episode of Saved by the Bell where Jesse gets all hopped up on caffeine pills like they were crack.  Except Mazes and Monsters warns parents against the dangers of… Dungeons and Dragons!

The popular role-playing game drives Hanks’ character insane.  Naturally, the game leads to Hanks’ character attempting to cast a spell and jump off the World Trade Center.  When will people realize the dangers of role-playing games.  20-sided dice are unnatural!

Tom Hanks - Family Ties

Since I’m already going there, I might as well bring up Hanks’ other TV appearances from the early 80’s.  Hank guest starred on The Love Boat, Happy Days, Taxi and Family Ties.  I’ll never forget Hanks as Alex P. Keaton’s fun (ie. alcoholic) Uncle Ned attempting to drink a jar of maraschino cherries for their alcohol content.  Hanks actually came back and reprised the character.

Tom Hanks - Splash

Okay, we had our fun looking back at Hanks’ goofy TV career.  But it’s time to get serious.  Hanks’ movie career started off with a bang!  Hanks made his big screen debut as a guy who falls in love with a mermaid played by Daryl Hannah in Splash.  Directed by former TV star, Ron Howard, Splash was a huge hit in 1984.  It was also the first film released by Disney’s more adult Touchstone Pictures label.

Splash made Hanks seem like the next Cary Grant.  He was funny, but he could also play a romantic lead.  The career possibilities seemed limitless.

Tom Hanks - Bacehlor Party

In 1984, Hanks also appeared in the raunchy comedy, Bachelor Party.  This was the Hanks of Bosom Buddies rather than the romantic lead America fell in love with in Splash.  And it’s a far, far cry from the Oscar-winning Hanks of today.  As raunchy comedies of the early 80’s go, Bachelor Party could be a lot worse.  It actually got mixed reviews which means that some critics (including Robert Ebert) recommended it.  At this point, it’s really only worth watching to see a young Hanks paying his dues.

Hanks - The Man With One Red Show

Hanks would struggle to recreate the success of Splash.  His first attempt was the spy comedy, The Man With One Red Shoe.  Filling in for Darryl Hannah was Lori Singer as the object of Hanks’ affections.  The movie’s one gag was that Hanks did not realize he was in the middle of a complex spy plot that was unfolding around him.  The reviews were terrible and the movie bombed.

Hanks - Volunteers

In 1985, Hanks actually went so far as to reteam with his Splash co-star, John Candy for the film Volunteers.  It’s the story of a spoiled rich kid who joins the Peace Corps to escape his gambling debts.  Yep, the Peace Corps is comedy gold.  I can totally see why this movie got made.  Gene Siskel said Volunteers had “two lame performances by its leading actors, the vastly overrated Tom Hanks…and the consistently disappointing John Candy.”

It’s easy to laugh at Siskel’s comments now that Hanks has gone on to such great heights.  But if you had only watched Hanks’ career up to this point, you would be basing your impression of the actor on Splash and Bosom Buddies.  Because all of his other movies were pretty lousy.  In Volunteers, his character isn’t even very likable.

It should also be noted that while filming Volunteers, Hanks began having an affair with co-star, Rita Wilson.  Two years later, he would divorce his first wife and get engaged to Wilson.

Tom Hanks - The Money Pit

With The Money Pit, Hanks actually starred in a re-make of a Cary Grant movie.  Hanks and co-star Shelly Long (who was still in her Cheers hey-day) starred as a couple who buys a fixer-upper only to see their investment fall apart before their eyes.  The reviews were once again awful.  But through the magic of executive producer, Steven Spielberg, the movie was a modest hit.

Hanks - Nothing in Common

Hanks would have another modest hit co-starring with Jackie Gleason in the dramedy, Nothing in Common.  Hanks played a successful ad exec because it was a comedy in the 80’s and they were all about successful ad execs who’s lives get turned upside down.  This time, Hanks’ character’s life was turned upside down when he has to take care of his ailing father following his parents’ divorce.  If it all sounds like a TV-movie-of-the-week, that’s because it was directed by Gary Marshall.

On the upside, Hanks got to show a little bit of dramatic range instead of just falling down stairs.

Hanks - Dragnet

Hanks continued his streak of modest hits with bad reviews in 1987’s big screen parody of the TV show Dragnet.  The movie, written by and co-starring Dan Aykroyd, would have made for a funny 5-minute sketch on Saturday Night Live.  But at 106 minutes, it runs out of gas long before the closing credits.  Hanks even did a rap video with Aykroyd to promote the movie.

This has to be even more embarrassing than appearing on The Love Boat.

Hanks - Big

In 1988, Hanks’ career finally turned around with the release of Big (directed by Gary Marshall’s sister, Penny).  At the time, there were a lot of movies about boys switching places with men and there was really no reason to think Big would be any different.  But Hanks imbued Big with heart and the movie was a smash hit.  The critics raved and Hanks was nominated for his first Oscar.

Hanks - Punchline

Hanks followed up Big with a dramatic look at stand-up comedians.  Punchline was produced by Sally Field who starred as a housewife who gets into stand-up comedy.  Hanks played an established comic who serves as her mentor. While the film isn’t great, it helped transition Hanks from his wacky comedies into drama.

The Burbs

In 1989, Hanks continued his streak of films that were modest hits with mixed reviews.  Joe Dante‘s The Burbs is a frustrating dark comedy.  I want to love it for Dante’s quirky sense of humor.  But The Burbs is never as clever as it thinks it is.  And the tone is just all over the place.  The ending essentially reverses whatever the message of the movie might have been in favor of an action finale.

Hanks - Turner and Hooch

Turner and Hooch was released a few months after the Jim Belushi movie K-9 which was also about the partnership of a cop and a dog.  Hanks’ cop is extremely neat so his world is turned upside down by the big, slobbery dog.  It sounds like a recipe for a fun, brainless family film.  But Turner and Hooch notoriously upset audiences by killing off the dog.  Hanks still makes jokes to this day about how you should never kill off the dog.  Once again, reviews were mixed but the movie was a modest hit.

I remember reading an article in Variety around the time Turner and Hooch was released.  The article claimed that Hanks was the most underrated box office star in Hollywood.  The argument was that even though Hanks rarely starred in hits, almost all of his movies made money.  And frequently, he was the only draw in them.  So in theory, Hanks’ appeal alone was enough to guarantee at least a base hit at the box office.

ryan - joe vs the volcano

In 1990, history was made.  But almost no one noticed.  Hanks paired up with Meg Ryan for the first time.  The pair would go on to star in two very successful romantic comedies.  But Joe Vs. the Volcano, an existential fairy tale filled with whimsy, was a box office dud.  For years, Hanks would make jokes about it as the low point of his career.  However, the true low point was yet to come.

Critics were mixed on Joe Vs. the Volcano and audiences mostly ignored it.  But I have always found it to be a charming and vastly underrated movie.  Far superior to the two more popular Hanks/Ryan films.

Griffith Bonfire

The true low point of Tom Hanks’ career was Brian DePalma’s adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.  Wolfe’s novel was a wicked satire of the excess of the 80’s.  The protagonist, Sherman McCoy is a Wall Street investor with Swcharzengger’s physique.  He’s an unsympathetic character who refers to himself as a “master of the universe”.

In order to make the movie more commercial De Palma chose to cast Hanks as Mc Coy.  It was one of many mistakes in terms of casting and overall tone.  The sophistication of Wolfe’s novel was lost in favor of cartoonish comedy.  The movie and Hanks were both savaged by critics.  Bonfire of the Vanities was one of the biggest bombs of the year.

Davis - a league of their own

Following the disaster of Bonfire of the Vanities, Hanks took some time off to reassess his career.  In 1992, he started a very impressive comeback with a supporting role in Penny Marshall’s baseball comedy, A League of Their Own.  The movie starred Geena Davis and Lori Petty, but Hanks got to steal the movie as the loveably gruff coach.  His “There’s no crying in baseball” speech is the one scene from the movie people remember today.

ryan - sleepless in seattle

In 1993, Hanks reteamed with Meg Ryan for Nora Ephron’s remake of An Affair to RememberSleepless in Seattle was a huge hit and cemented Hanks’ and Ryan’s places on Hollywood’s A-list.  While not as inventive as Joe Vs. the Volcano, Sleepless was the movie that made Ryan and Hanks America’s favorite on-screen couple.

Hanks - Philadelphia

But Hanks was just getting warmed up.  Later that year he would star opposite Denzel Washington in Jonathan Demme’s PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia was the story of an attourney who was fired from his firm when it was discovered he had AIDS.  Hanks’ performance as an AIDS patient won him his first Academy Award.  Philadelphia got strong reviews and was a hit at the box office.

With Philadelphia, Hanks put movies which costarred slobbery dogs behind him forever.  He was now viewed as a serious actor.

wright - forrest gump


Whereas Hanks had been unable to fully capitalize on his previous successes, this time he was on a roll.  In 1994, he starred in Robert Zemeckis’ ode to baby boomers, Forrest Gump.  Gump wasn’t just a hit.  It was a cultural phenomenon.  And Hanks was at the center.

US actor Tom Hanks holds up his Oscar as he drinks

Forrest Gump swept the Oscars.  Hanks became the second actor in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars.  (The first was Spencer Tracy.)  While I like Gump as much as the next guy, I’m still miffed that Pulp Fiction lost for Best Picture.  Still, what a great year!  The Shawshank Redemption was another nominee.

Hanks - Apollo 13

In 1995, Hanks reteamed with Splash director, Ron Howard for Apollo 13.  The movie told the true-life story of brave astronauts on a space mission gone wrong.  Once again, reviews were strong and the movie was a big hit.  When awards season came around, Hanks practically asked not to be nominated.

toy story


Rounding out a very successful year, Hanks voiced Sherriff Woody in Toy Story.  The first fully computer animated feature, Toy Story was an instant classic.  The Toy Story films guarantee that Hanks’ work will be enjoyed for generations.

Hanks - That Thing You Do


Hanks next stepped behind the camera to write and direct That Thing You Do.  Hanks’ directorial debut was a fluffy piece about a fictional boy band in the 60’s that turned into a one-hit-wonder.  He cast himself in a small role as the band’s manager.  The reviews were good, but audiences weren’t especially interested.  The movie was a modest hit.

Hanks - Saving Private Ryan


1998 was another big year for Hanks.  First, he starred in Steven Spielberg’s World War II drama, Saving Private Ryan.  The film was a sensation at the box office.  Most of the buzz surrounded Spielberg’s telling of the invasion of Normandy.  Unlike most war movies to that point, Spielberg showed the horrors of war in graphic detail.  The audience, like the soldiers, was bombarded with sounds and motion which were disorienting.  Saving Private Ryan was nominated for several Oscars including another nomination for Hanks as Best Actor.

After making Saving Private Ryan, Hanks became heavily involved in raising funds for the World War II Memorial.  “I was surprised to realize there is no national memorial to honor the men and women who served in World War II,” Hanks said. “When I learned that the memorial could become a reality, I immediately wanted to be part of the effort.”

You've Got Mail


Later that year, he paired with Meg Ryan for the last time in Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail.  The third movie in the Hanks-Ryan trilogy was a loose remake of the 1940 comedy, The Shop Around the Corner for the AOL generation.  It was viewed by audiences as a de facto sequel to Sleepless in Seattle only not as good.  Demand for Hanks and Ryan in a rom-com was high enough to make the movie a hit despite any shortcomings.


In 1999, Hanks voiced Sheriff Woody again in Toy Story 2.  Believe it or not, this is the first true sequel of Hanks’ career.  And unlike most sequels, Toy Story 2 is arguably better than the original.  The Pixar film was a big hit with critics and audiences.

Hanks - The Green Mile


Later that year, Hanks also appeared in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile.  The Green Mile was also something of a spiritual sequel to Darabont’s previous King adaptation, The Shawshank Redemption.  While The Green Mile is good, it’s too long.  Even though Shawshank is a better movie, Hank’s star power made Green Mile the bigger hit at the box office.

Hanks - Castaway


In 2000, Hanks re-teamed with his Forrest Gump director, Robert Zemekis, for Castaway.  Castaway is a very odd movie in that the bulk of it is a one-man show.  Hanks spends most of the movie with no one to act against save for a volleyball named Wilson.

Hanks famously gained and then lost a lot of weight to play the main character before he is stranded and after he has been stranded for some time.  It’s a tour de force performance and Hanks was once again nominated for Best Actor.  However, it’s not an especially entertaining movie.  I sat through it once and that was enough for me (sort of like The Green Mile).

leigh - road to perdition

In 2002, Hanks tried to stretch beyond his nice guy image.  At some point in his career, Hanks went from the “next Cary Grant” (a comparison that never really suited him) to “the next Jimmy Stewart”.  Hanks fought against this image by playing a gun for hire.  The casting against type kind of works in that it makes Hanks’ protagonist more likeable than an assassin probably should be.  On the other hand, Hanks doesn’t really fit the image of a mob tough guy.  Jude Law’s transformation from handsome Brit into creepy killer was more successful.

Road to Perdition got good reviews and did okay at the box office.  But it probably didn’t change Hanks’ image as much as he had hoped.  He may have been able to transform himself from a zany comic actor into a two-time Oscar winner.  But he’s never been able to escape his innate likability on-screen.

Hanks - Catch Me If You Can


Later that year, Hanks re-teamed with Saving Private Ryan director, Steven Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can.  Hanks played an FBI agent who pursued a young con man played by Leonardo DiCaprio.  DiCaprio was in the middle of his own successful career transformation.  Catch Me helped to reform his teen heart-throb image and showed that he was capable of more substantial roles.

Catch Me was a big hit and got positive reviews.  But I don’t think it did much one way or the other for Hanks’ career.  At this point, he was as big as he was going to get.  A supporting role in a well-reviewed hit just kept the momentum going.

Hanks - The Ladykillers


That momentum took a hit in 2004.  First, Hanks starred in the Coen brothers’ remake of The Ladykillers.  Once again, Hanks played against type as con-man whose plans are thwarted by an elderly woman.  Hanks’ performance is a cartoonish southern stereo-type.  Ladykillers wasn’t one of the better reviewed Coen brothers’ films and audiences weren’t lining up to see Hanks play a sinister Col Sanders.


Hanks teamed with Spielberg again for 2004’s The Terminal.  He plays a foreigner who gets trapped in an airport when he is denied entry into the US but also can’t return to his home country.  Unlike the previous Spielber collaborations, The Terminal received mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment.

Hanks - The Polar Express


Finally, Hanks capped off 2004 with The Polar Express.  The Polar Express reteamed Hanks with director Robert Zemekis.  By this point in Zemekis’ career, he was experimenting heavily with motion capture film-making.  This allowed Hanks to play multiple roles in the film.  Although The Polar Express received mixed reviews, it became something of a surprise hit.  It was the rare film that had “legs” at the box office and has since become something of a Christmas tradition for many families.

Hanks - The Da Vinci Code

In 2006, Hanks reteamed with Ron Howard yet again for the big screen adaptation of the best seller, The Da Vinci Code.  The movie was trashed by critics and deservedly so.  It was boring.  But the combination of being based on a best seller and starring Hanks made The Da Vinci Code a blockbuster at the box office.  Not even Hanks’ horrific hair cut could slow it down.

Hanks also dabbled in voice work appearing as a Woody Car in Pixar’s Cars (Woody, get it?).And he had a cameo in The Simpsons Movie as himself.

Hanks Charlie Wilson's War


In 2007, Hanks starred opposite Julia Roberts in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War.  The political drama/comedy got mostly favorable reviews.  And it was a modest hit at the box office.  But it would have to be classified as a disappointment given the star power involved.

Hanks - Angels and Demons

Hanks’ next significant role was the sequel to The Da Vinci Code in 2009.  Angels and Demons reunited Hanks with Ron Howard yet again.  Just like The Da Vinci Code, the reviews were bad.  But the film was a hit anyway.  At least Hanks had a better haircut this time around.

Tim Allen - Toy Story 3

In 2010, Hanks returned to voice Sheriff Woody one more time to complete the Toy Story trilogy.  (Although Hanks has been quoted lately talking up the possibility of Toy Story 4.Toy Story 3 somehow managed to uphold the high standards of the first 2 Toy Story movies to give the series a fitting conclussion.  Toy Story 3 was a hit with critics and audiences.  It was even nominated for Best Picture and won Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.

Hanks - Larry Crowne

2011 saw Hanks return to directing with the comedy, Larry Crowne.  For added insurance, Hanks co-starred with fellow A-lister, Julia Roberts.  That sounds like the recipe for a hit.  But Larry Crowne was a bust.  Domestically, it failed to recoup its production costs.

Realistically, Larry Crowne is just a speed bump for Hanks’ career.  If it had been a hit, he surely would have lined up more work as a director.  But the movie’s failure should have little to no impact on his status as an actor.

Behind the secenes, Hanks is still a power player.  More and more, he has moved into the role of producer with movies like Mama Mia to his credit.  No doubt he will continue to transition behind the scenes and I would be very surprised if he doesn’t direct another movie sometime soon.

It’s been a pretty incredible career.  I have enjoyed watching Hanks morph from a zany TV actor in drag, to a “would be” Cary Grant, to an Oscar winning dramatic actor and finally into Hollywood royalty.  I imagine Hanks will probably continue to pursue a career behind the scenes in the fashion of Clint Eastwood.

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Posted on August 2, 2011, in A-List, Movies and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 140 Comments.

  1. …and “A.I.” was about gay robot rights.


  2. hanks is good at acting, but bad when it comes to politics. keaton and ford deserves a comeback role and even mickey rourke deserves an oscar. hanks did do a good job with road to perdition and cast away and catch me if you can. i don’t plan on seeing saving private ryan or anything theat spielberg and hanks did that’s world war 2 related.


  3. That’s too bad, because as far as I could tell “Saving Private Ryan” was an absolute love letter to the men who fought WW II, regardless of anything else either of those men has said or done.
    And it’s a good film.


  4. to you guys saving private ryan is a good film. to me i think it sucks even now after what he said about america is a racist nation and that we wanted to kill the japanese because they worshiped different gods. what kind of nonsense is that? that’s why i plan to boycott that and other new movie that hanks comes out with including larry crowne. to me there are better actors that are more interesting and patriotic and can do action movies. tom hanks is my least favorite actor besides zach galifanakis, george clooney, richard gere, brad pitt, sean penn, ashton kutcher and tim robbins.


  5. forrest gump is still a good film especially since kurt russell voiced elvis in one scene.


  6. kurt russell is still a good actor.


  7. i would see a kurt russell movie and a mel gibson movie over a tom hanks movie.


  8. tom hanks had talent then and he lost it when he got to be egotisical. end of story.


  9. so…I’m curious. Exactly what year did Hanks become egotistical and lose his talent?


  10. well like now late 2000s/early 2010s. present day. i had to prove to my friends i know that hanks was great then but when politics and ego and arrogance came along like greed and corruption would, i knew that for one moment hanks would not be the good respectful actor i always hoped he’d be. you guys may still think he is a good actor. frankly he was a good actor, then. i agree with you guys. but now that he is egotistical and that he had the nerve to insult world war 2 veterans by spouting his liberal political beliefs saying “wars are caused by racism and that we wanted to kill the japanese because they worshiped different gods and does that sound familar by any chance to what’s going on today”, that just shows ego and politics have made him a lot worse now than he was then when he was a great actor. when he was talented he did a lot of good movies that were funny and touching, now i just don’t want to see him in anything new after what he said about world war 2. i had relatives who served in the war and frankly i’m a little offended by what he said. that’s what i think, daffy stardust. if you have a problem with that, fine. if you don’t, that’s just as good.


  11. I guess I just don’t think that bad politics = poor talent. Leni Riefenstahl had terrible politics, but great talent as a director. The same is true of D.W. Griffith.
    I also don’t think that making poor art necessarily means that you have no talent. Steve Vai is a very talented guitarist, but I hate his music.


  12. hanks had good stuff in the day now he’s just another hollywood pinhead.


  13. i plan not to see extremely loud incredibly close that new tom hanks movie.


  14. it doesn’t seem interesting to me.


  15. hanks is liar and a fraud and a no talent whore. i’m glad i’m not wasting my time on his movies.


  16. i changed my mind. hanks is a no talent hack and professional liar.


  17. he’s a professional liar and i won’t waste my time on any of his movies. i’m glad he wasn’t in tin tin. i’m glad i didn’t see that extremely loud incredibly close that new 9/11 moviethat hanks. i have no plans on seeing that crock of junk from hanks ever. tom hanks used to be the best when it came to comedies, before he was corrupted by greed, ego and politics. that’s what i think about hanks, spielberg, and the rest of the no talent idiots in hollywood.


    • In a way, “professional liar” could describe any actor. Although I suppose actors try to find the truth in the story they are telling.


  18. some find no truth.


  19. hanks could never be a villian in a movie like keaton could. keaton has more of the makings of being hero and a villian with dark personalities than hanks does. hanks lacks the makings of a good villian. keaton finds it in any role he chooses like desperate measures, beetlejuice and pacific heights. he just finds a way to make you like him either way. seems like hanks always plays unlucky people or in other words saps or pussies.


  20. i heard hanks is producing a movie about sarah palin and john mccain on hbo called game change. they got ed harris playing john mccain and julianne moore as sarah palin. personally i won’t watch it. it is shameful. tom hanks is a poster boy and a liberal nutcase who won’t let bygones be bygones. he is not a nice guy at all. he is a hatemonger.


    • I am looking forward to Game Change. (I didn’t realize Hanks was involved.) In fact, I’d have gone out of my way to watch it this weekend, but the reviews have not been very good. This is from Jay Roach who directed the Austin Powers movies. But more importantly, he did the excellent HBO movie Recount a few years ago.

      I can’t think of any reason why Game Change would be shameful. It’s an adaptation of a book about the 2008 election. That’s good material for a TV movie. They have a great cast! There’s no reason why the 2008 presidential election should be off limits.

      Hatemonger? Come on now!


  21. you know i could ask what the hell happened to hanks. the only answer i can think of is politics and ego and greed and mongering of hate. if the oscar or the movies we watch doesn’t symbolize anything from these clowns of hollywood propaganda, i don’t know what does. and if jim jones doesn’t understand it, thats fine. all i can say is i will not watch a film from hanks ever again. i’m done talking about hanks. i will issue the pleasure of watching movies from patriotic actors, not anti american actors


  22. all i’m saying lebeau. is that tom hanks has gone too far with politics. he’s not the great actor we once hoped he’d be. ego and greed and politics are what corrupted a man we once called a great actor.


    • You make it sound like he’s turned into Darth Vader. I don’t begrudge the guy flexing his muscle as a producer. That’s what successful actors due late in their career – if they are lucky. Doesn’t affect my opinion of him as an actor at all.

      Game Change doesn’t bother me. I’m looking forward to watching it time permitting. I have a hard time understanding why anyone would be put out by a TV adaptation of the book. What’s the big deal?


  23. you don’t see it yet with hanks. but i do.


  24. that’s all. i’ve seen this coming with hanks. i thought he would be a great actor. now that he’s getting old , i mean we all pray that hanks would do a good movie to better himself and his career and really understand what his fans want from a good movie and not be selfish and political am i right? like then i thought he was great and he was funny. he could make me laugh or cry. but now he’s just a hollywood pinhead who wants to have his face in the media a lot even with the president. truth is i don’t care about him anymore or his politics or his new movies and shows or his personal life. i don’t plan to watch anything new with hanks or from hanks anymore. the only thing i do care about that is under rated is actors i see that have worked with ron howard that didn’t get enough attention besides michael keaton. kurt russell is one of these actors i name because of his performance in backdraft. which was alot better than the da vinci code. at this point that’s all i’m saying since you are measuring how good hanks’s movies are. and he has done some good movies i’ll give you that. that’s all daffy and lebeau.


  25. that’s all i can say at this point. if you guys want to watch any of his new stuff, go ahead. it won’t matter to me. like i said i’m done with hanks.


  26. if you want to talk more about hanks, lebeau. you go right ahead. also erase some of my unpopular comments. if you want to.


    • It’s cool.

      You clearly feel very passionately about the things Hans has said and done politically. Personally, they don’t matter to me at all. But I have no problem with you stating your case even if I sometimes disagree.

      As an actor, Hanks seems to be on the decline. He was 0 for 2 in 2011. But as a producer, he’s still doing well. I read that Game Change got HBO’s best ratings for an original movie in nearly 8 years!


  27. andymovieman

    you should talk about what happened to harrison ford lebeau.


    • I really want to write about Harrison Ford. For a while there, he was as hard to find as Michael Keaton. He’s had a comeback since the last Indiana Jones movie. I have kind of been waiting for that to cool off. But after Cowboys and Aliens, he’s probably ready. I will get to him soon (relatively speaking).

      Sadly, this spring has just been super busy. But things are slowing down as we enter into summer. And I want to come charging back with a lot of new WTHH articles.


  28. i was looking on wikipedia at action heros in movies and they put tom hanks on the list. why? because saving private ryan was the only action movie he did? everyone is just kissing his ass. newsflash, it was a war drama, not an action movie. the man has never done an action movie in his life he’s done comedy and drama from the 80s to now but never action. there are action heros i like and hanks isn’t one of them.


  29. there are a lot of reason why hollywood has changed because of politics, greed, corruption and ego. that is the reason why most conservative voters are boycotting these actors of leftest views like tom hanks. i love to see bad people fail including commie leftest actors, etc. i’m glad tom hanks is failing in his film career same with with de niro, they let their personal politics and their pick of stupid movies to do for money and ego and greed deter them from making them from the best into the worst. nobody cares about them after they became very political. now that’s why i’m boycotting these actors who care more about politics and less about their fans and the film career. from now i’m watching action movies from patriotic actors not comedies and political dramas with left wing pussies like will ferrell, zach galifankis, etc.


  30. He is indeed a prolific actor…………


  31. I’m coming to this party a little late 🙂 But what a fun way to spend the afternoon. What can’t be said about Tom Hanks’ career. I won’t comment on the politics but a couple of thoughts about some of his movies:

    Castaway…Phenomenal. I know people disagree with me about his range, but that was amazing. I do agree with Lebeau and others who say it’s not something you watch again and again. Why that is… I can’t analyze. Anyway it is well worth watching for anyone who has not seen it. me, a little overrated for all the Oscar attention, it’s not something I would ever watch again. Hanks did capture beautifully the boy inside the man gimmick; without his performance the movie would have been totally unwatchable.

    Gump.. a great movie, will never watch again. Too depressing.

    Apollo 13.. Excellent. But have not seen it recently to know whether it stands the test of time.

    A League of Their Own: Now we are getting into “Buy This Movie!” territory. Tom Hanks playing the clownish loser who nevertheless still gets your respect and then betrays a subtle tragic side. It’s for us chicks, true, but the guys might like it?

    You’ve Got Mail: Much more than “Sleepless” without the water
    in the background. Hanks and Ryan hit this one out of the park!

    The Terminal: A totally different direction, something to consider for those who think Tom Hanks does not have range. Oh, he has the ever present likeability factor, sure, but how different is this guy from Gump, or from Fox, or from Castway…
    A “foreigner” with limited English, trapped in immigration limbo hell at JFK’s international terminal. Surprisingly good chemistry with him and Catherine Zeta-Jones.


  32. he was snubbed for captain phillips he should gotten oscar nom hes a great actor.and road to perdition made over 100 million i dont see how its okay it was a smash he should do more villain roles.hes one of the a lists who you only know about movies unlike pitt he strays away from putting his life in the news like an animal in the zoo he can do comedy and drama Philadelphia was when he was taken more seriously as actor him and denzel had chemistry they need to work together again


  33. for users above keaton had birdman and 42 was a hit ford ford dosent really need a comeback like hanks he has such established career he cant 5 flops and stil be considered a box office draw hanks makes a better villian then keaton the fact that hanks dont look menacing help too. road to perdition was better then crap like beeteljuice or desperate measures keaton is a crap actor brings nothing to the roles he sleepwalks through roles dosent put effort in it. Altough ford is better then keaton ford is still crap most of his roles suck. those 2 cant compare to hanks


  34. Tom Hanks Tea?

    Tom Hanks has been a popular celeb for like 30 years and I have never heard any rumors about this man. No affairs, no drug use, no outside kids, not even a rumor. Even when I Googled him the only thing I can find is that he has Type II diabetes.

    I’m just curious as to whether there is any tea about Tom Hanks out there. I can’t think of any other celeb that’s so drama free. Can you name any other famous celebs with no tea?


  35. this guy rocks no scanlds he the most humble man he has everything talent brains and humour his career hasnt slowed down evident by captain phillips over 100 mill hit


  36. Remake Recon: The Ladykillers:

    An elderly lady gets an unusual inquiry from a stranger about the room she wants to rent.

    Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) explains to Mrs. Wilberforce (Katie Johnson) he is a member of string quintet and his four companions need a place to practice. Seeing no problem at all, Mrs. W agrees to the arrangement. However, Marcus and his pals are really criminals gathering together to pull off a heist and are looking to use the innocent Mrs. Wilberforce as an unwitting accomplice.

    After a successful crime the gang is ready to leave town with their loot, but when Mrs. Wilberforce discovers just what they’ve been up to it comes down to eliminating her before she can contact the police. Yet, that ends up being more difficult than they all think.

    The black comedy The Ladykillers from Ealing Studios was a hit with audiences and has gained a reputation as one of the great British comedies. In 2004 Joel and Ethan Coen direct an Americanized remake. This time out the setting is the American south and the strange border is Professor G.H. Dorr played by Tom Hanks.

    I take a look at the original 1955 comedy and the 2004 remake of The Ladykillers.


  37. Leebau even though Bridge of spies did amazing worldwide I would say it under performed . It was expected to make tons money in usa given the teaming of hanks and steve but did just ok but did better world wide. You agree


  38. 10 “Perfect” Casting Decisions That Went Horribly Wrong

    Tom Hanks As Professor G.H. Dorr – The Ladykillers

    It was always going to be questionable as to whether or not remaking The Ladykillers – the classic Ealing Studios comedy about a gang of incompetent crooks who move in with a sweet old lady so they can plan and execute their next heist – was going to be a good idea. But if anyone was going to pull it off it was the Coen brothers, who had already made great comedies exhibiting the same quirky sensibilities as the original’s director, Alexander Mackendrick.

    Alec Guinness was an Ealing regular and his performance as Professor Marcus in The Ladykillers surely ranks as one of the all-time great comic villains, and if any American actor stood a chance of filling his shoes it was Tom Hanks. Hanks shares the same broad appeal and lovable nature as Guinness, and the chance of seeing him twist this persona into something comically sinister – complete with crooked teeth and insincere smile – was one many fans of the original hoped would be worth the wait.

    Unfortunately, renaming the character to Professor Goldthwait Higginson Dorr wasn’t the only significant change the Coen brothers made in their remake of The Ladykillers, which accounts for the miserable 55% rating currently held on Rotten Tomatoes. The lowbrow humor ran against the subtleties of the original and the whole thing felt far too cartoonish for its own good – and that goes especially for Hanks’s performance, which was a missed opportunity to shine in a comedy role if ever there was one.

    That said, he’s still funnier in The Ladykillers than he is in Steven Spielberg’s The Terminal, which is a film most people would rather forget completely.


  39. Cruise and Hanks: from golden boys to wasted talents

    The two Toms are the last 80s superstars still able to open a movie on their name alone. But movies such as Inferno and Jack Reacher confirm their descent into dependability.


  40. hanks and cruise are not fading sully was a hit and jack reach off to good start it already made back its budget its not even been openf or 2 weeks yet it will be a hit


    • Why Did Inferno Bomb?

      The Main Story
      The diabolically boring Inferno flopped in its first weekend at the U.S. box office, pulling in a grand total of $15 million, a depth of failure deeper even lower than the film’s low estimates. That was enough to land the Tom Hanks vehicle in second place behind Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, which held onto the top spot for a second straight week, drawing an estimated $16.7 million.

      Why did Inferno perform so hellishly? As always, there are explanations and excuses. Sony’s Rory Breuer told the AP, the film simply got “a few bad breaks,” having to compete with a World Series match-up featuring two long-suffering fan bases as well as, presumably, a number of Halloween parties. And yet, also, in a sense, the film did not fail at all. Breuer noted that the studio “thought of the film as for the international market,” which was a smart bet: In international cinemas the combination of Hanks, the Dan Brown brand, and an multinational cast has earned the film more than $150 million in three weeks. Whenever a movie makes you wonder Who asked for this? — and Inferno certainly had more than a few people in America asking that question — the answer is almost always “overseas audiences.”

      What Else Happened?
      Some countries also got Doctor Strange before we did, and they seem to be enjoying it: The film earned $86 million overseas this weekend, the best international opening of the fall. It’s safe to say that the Sorcerer Supreme is not one of the top Marvel heroes in terms of global name recognition, so this success can best be chalked up to the film’s dimensions-spanning special effects, as well as the appeal of Benedict Cumberbatch’s beautiful eyes. The film opens in America on November 4.

      Barry Jenkins’s critically acclaimed Moonlight continued its strong opening, once again pulling in the weekend’s highest per-theater average: The coming-of-age tale earned $900,000 as it expanded from four screens to 36, part of a concerted effort by A24 to get the film in front of black audiences in Atlanta and South Florida. As IndieWire notes, Moonlight’s per-screen average of $25,000 lands it above two of the this year’s earlier indie hits, Hell or High Water and Eye in the Sky, which means that things are going about as well as could be expected for this tiny, beloved film.


  41. Why America needs Tom Hanks to make comedies again:


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