I would be hard pressed to find an actor whose movies I love more than Tom Hanks. His films have taken me on so my journeys that I have an immense interest in.
Tom Hanks has often “spoke” to me through cinema. Whether it was a love story, war, controversy or spirituality I’ve always been absolutely captivate. Ranking the last three of My Top 10 +1 Favorite Tom Hanks Movies was a complete shuffling of the deck.
I offered my own personal take plus trivia questions and answers provided by IMDB and videos by YouTube.
+1 Sleepless In Seattle (1993)
Question: What movie did director Nora Ephron also write?
I’ve always loved the story of meeting at the top of the Empire State Building with a girl in some full circle completion of serendipity. It doesn’t even have to be Valentine’s Day!
Answer: When Harry Met Sally
Playing Sam Baldwin
Ross Malinger – Jonah Baldwin
Rita Wilson – Suzy
Victor Garber – Greg
Tom Riis Farrell – Rob
Meg Ryan – Annie Reed
Bill Pullman – Walter
David Hyde Pierce – Dennis Reed
Victor Garber – Greg
Rosie O’Donnell – Becky
Barbara Garrick – Victoria
Directed by Nora Ephron
10 A League Of Their Own (1992)
Question: All of the actresses in the film refused stunt double and were actually in for all baseball shots, except for which one?
The summer between my 7th and 8th grade years my Dad coached my step-sister’s softball team. She and most of the girls on the team were a year older than me and so many of them were super cute. Needless to say I was at every possible practice and game (often neglecting my own obligations) to continually run to 7-11 to grab them Slurpees. All of the cute women on the Rockford Peaches remind me exactly of that summer.
Answer: Geena Davis
Playing Jimmy Dugan
Geena Davis – Dottie Hinson
Madonna – Mae Mordabito
Lori Perry – Kit Keller
Jon Lovitz – Ernie Capadino
David Straithairn – Ira Lowenstein
Garry Marshall – Walter Harvey
Bill Pullman – Bob Hinson
Megan Cavanagh – Marla Hooch
Rosie O’Donnell – Doris Murphy
Directed by Penny Marshall
9 The Polar Express (2004)
Question: What number do all of the tickets and the train have on them?
Oh the outside I’m known as being very aloof and Scrooge-like at Christmas time. But, as my friends and Phoenix will attest to. All of the magic comes back e for the child inside of me and the spirit of giving to others. I’m infatuated with trains and the seemingly mystical journeys you can escape to going on rides with them. Our local park here in Reno has a real life mock mini train that takes kids for rides around the track through the park. I will jump at any chance to ride on it.
Playing Hero Boy/Father/Conductor/Hobo/
Leslie Zemeckis – Sister Sarah/Mother
Eddie Deezen – Know-It-All
Nona Gaye – Hero Girl
Peter Scolari – Billy/Lonely Boy
Steven Tyler – Elf Lieutenant/Elf Singer
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
8 The Terminal (2004)
Question: This movie was inspired by the story of Merhan Nasseri, an Iranian refugee, who landed Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris and was denied access to the country nor could he return home. He was finally given permission to enter or go home many years ago. Where did Mr Nasseri choose to live?
This has two storylines that I related to. The first has always been my fear of traveling overseas and being stranded with no one to truly help me. But, Viktor’s perseverance and innate ability to survive helped him overcome that. Second was Viktor’s pursuit of Benny Golson’s autograph for his Dad. I grew up kind of closet NY Yankees fan because that was my Dad’s love and joy he had known his whole life. And it wasn’t cool with my friends. Today I’m unabashedly support multiple teams in different sports. On the Yankees though my Dad and I often talked about Mariano Rivera for years and I always wanted something special attributed to The Sand Man. Last year a wonderful girl friend had her grandfather from New York had him do a painting for me. Sorry you weren’t here to see it Dad.
Answer: Aside from a brief hospital stay never left the terminal for 17 years and told his story to all that wished to hear it.
Playing Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones – Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci – Frank Dixon
Chi McBride – Mulroy
Diego Luna – Enrique Cruz
Barry Shabaka Henley – Thurman
Kumar Pallana – Gupta Rajan
Zoe Saldana – Dolores Torres
Guillermo Diaz – Bobby Alima
Honorine Bell – Nadia
Sasha Spielberg – Lucy
Directed by Steven Spielberg
7 Road To Perdition (2002)
Question: In the diner scene why isn’t Tyler Hoechlin eating his pie and ice cream?
My Dad was never real emotional with me growing up. Well, except when I sent him to the brink of homicide (mine) on numerous occasions during my last two years of high school. He was awesome man who taught high school for nearly 30 years and I absolutely idolized him when I was younger. Though, there was no illegal dark side as portrayed in the movie my Dad would have gone to any lengths to protect me when I was a very small little boy.
Answer: Because he devoured so much during the earlier takes he didn’t take into consideration he would have to do multiple retakes and was too full. (the seasoned Tom Hanks took very small bites and ate slowly to be prepared for this)
Playing Michael Sullivan
Tyler Hoechlin – Michael Sullivan Jr
Rob Maxey – Drugstore Owner
Paul Newman – John Rooney
Liam Aiken – Peter Sullivan
Jude Law – Harlen Maguire
Jennifer Jason Leigh – Annie Sullivan
Daniel Craig – Connor Rooney
Ciaran Hinds – Finn McGovern
Directed by Sam Mendes
6 Philadelphia (1993)
Question: At the end of the movie there are home movies shown of Andrew. Who is the real life person those movies are taken of?
A.I.D.S. was crashing onto the American scene when I was in high school as this disease that was “out there” but no one had a clue as to how deadly it would become. I have had many gay friends over my lifetime and some of my closest, loving relatives have been as well. I was blessed with being a medic for a few years on the street so I became very educated on safety precautions. This film so powerfully and many times in raw form exemplified what not only a gay person faced in society still full of bigotry but also homophobia. I do believe we have come a long ways in 20 years.
Andrew: Tom Hanks
Playing Andrew Beckett
Denzel Washington – Joe Miller
Roberta Maxwell – Judge Tate
Joanne Woodward – Sarah Beckett
Jason Robards – Charles Wheeler
Antonio Banderas – Miguel Alvarez
Julius Erving – Himself
Gary Goetzman – Guido Paonessa
Mary Steenburgen – Belinda Conine
Charles Napier – Judge Garnett
Directed by Jonathan Demme
5 Cast Away (2000)
Question: Why was filming halted for a year?
When I a small boy I wanted so desperately to have a dog as my companion. I was instead given a teddy bear that I clutched to dearly for that same closeness. In a unique way I completely understand what Wilson meant to Chuck Noland and how intensely horrible that was after the fact that he was his only known friend on this planet. Do, you remember the end of the movie with the mystery package? I had not seen my teddy bear in 30 years and last Christmas through the magic of Santa Claus he arrived via the US Postal Service at my front door step. True story:
Answer: Hanks had to gain 50 pounds for the beginning of the film. Then filming was stopped for a year so he could lose all of the weight and grow his hair and beard so he looked like he had been stranded for a year.
Playing Chuck Noland
Paul Sanchez – Ramon
Nick Searcy – Stan
Helen Hunt – Kelly Frears
The Soccer Ball – Wilson
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
4 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Question: What is unique about the story Ryan tells towards the end of the film about spying on his brother in the barn with the ugly girl?
I have never been in the military and hence never war. I’ve studied WWII and our military as a hobby for most of my adult life. I loved how despite boys being commanded by a young man that they all responded as a team and in unison. Albeit almost with a mutiny. When I was on the Sheriff’s Hasty Team we had training frequently on auto extrication using junk cars. Each time there would be a new person put in charge of the accident scenario. The majority of the team members were very long-term, highly experience men. Having the opportunity to direct these men to do as I needed them to so as to save a victim was a very powerful and confidence building experience.
Answer: He completely ad-libbed it from Peter Bart’s book “The Gross” and Speilberg liked it and left the scene in.
Playing Captain Miller
Tom Sizemore – Sergeant Horvath
Edward Burns – Private Reiben
Barry Pepper – Private Jackson
Adam Goldberg – Private Mellish
Vin Diesel – Private Caparzo
Matt Damon – Private Ryan
Ted Danson – Captain Hamill
Paul Giamatti – Sergeant Hill
Harrison Young – Older Ryan
3 The Green Mile (1999)
Question: Which member of the film’s administrative staff asked off camera to be strapped into Old Sparky to see how it felt?
I’ve always believed that all of us have a special gift. It’s a matter of allowing it to be and feeling it and giving it to other’s. Until I know otherwise, and I believe in all things possible, what we have today is our journey. So, make it be everything we can. How ironic, this is playing on tv right now as I was editing.
This could have easily been first choice for My Top 10 +1 Favorite Tom Hanks Movies.
Answer: Stephen King. He didn’t like it and asked to be released.
Tom Hanks – Paul Edgecomb
David Morse – Brutus ‘Brutal’ Howell
Michael Clarke Duncan – John Coffey
Bonnie Hunt – Jan Edgecomb
James Cromwell – Warden Hal Moores
Michael Jeter – Eduard Delacroix
Graham Greene – Arlen Bitterbuck
Doug Hutchison – Percy Wetmore
Sam Rockwell – ‘Wild Bill’ Warton
Barry Pepper – Dean Stanton
Jeffrey DeMunn – Harry Terwilliger
Patricia Clarkson – Melinda Moores
Harry Dean Stanton – Toot-Toot
Dabbs Greer – Old Paul Edgecomb
Eve Brent – Elaine Connelly
Directed by Frank Darabont
2 Apollo 13 (1995)
Question: How were the weightlessness scenes filmed?
I can still remember to this day sitting on the couch as a little boy and watching Armstrong step foot on the moon on live television. I was hooked on exploring space every day since. My Dad and I watched all new Star Trek episodes in the evenings. I do remember him being stressed about Apollo 13 but I didn’t quite understand until several years later what had occurred.
Answer: The cast and crew flew between 500 and 600 parabolic arcs in NASA’s KC-135 airplane (nicknamed the “Vomit Comet”) to achieve real weightlessness. Each of the arcs got them 23 seconds of zero gravity. All of these flights were completed in 13 days
Tom Hanks – Jim Lovell
Bill Paxton – Fred Haise
Kevin Bacon – Jack Swigert
Gary Sinise – Ken Mattingly
Ed Harris – Gene Kranz
Kathleen Quinlan – Marilyn Lovell
Mary Kate Schellharedt – Barbara Lovell
Emily Ann Lloyd – Susan Lovell
Miko Hughes – Jeffrey Lovell
Max Elliott Slade – Jay Lovell
Jean Speegle Howard – Blanch Lovell
Tracy Reiner – Mary Haise
Chris Ellis – Deke Slayton
Joe Spano – NASA Director
Directed by Ron Howard
1 Forrest Gump (1994)
Question: What advice did Jenny give Forrest before he left for Vietnam?
I love the journey through time that Forrest takes us on. What really got me with this movie was his life long dedication and love to Jenny. I’ve always believed that, that person is out there for all of us to fall head over in heels in love with. It’s so often about timing.
Answer: Don’t be brave, just run away.
Playing Forrest Gump
Rebecca Williams – Nurse At Park Bench
Sally Field – Mrs Gump
Michael Conner Humphreys – Young Forrest
Sam Anderson – Principal
Peter Dobson – Young Elvis Presley
Siobhan Fallon – School Bus Driver
Hanna Hall – Young Jenny Curran
Robin Wright – Jenny Curran
Sonny Shroyer – College Football Coach
Mykelti Williamson – Bubba Blue
Gary Sinise – Lieutenant Dan Taylor
Dick Cavett – Himself
Kurt Russell – Elvis Presley (voice) (uncredited)
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
So there is My Top 10 +1 Favorite Tom Hanks Movies. What is your favorite Tom Hanks movie?