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Volunteers (1985)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1985 (USA)
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Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, ... See full summary »

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At Toon
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Lawrence Bourne Jr.
Ernest Harada ...
Chung Mee
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Albert Bardenaro
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Kent Sutcliffe
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Cicero (as Ji-Tu Cumbaka)
Guillermo Río ...
Sumo Guard (as Guillermo del Rio)
Jacqueline Evans ...
Aunt Eunice
Pamela Gual ...
Tammy the Stewardess
Philip Guilmant ...
Yale President (as Phillip Giulmant)
Chick Hearn ...
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Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler. What they don't realize is that the bridge is coveted by the U.S. Army, a local Communist force, and a powerful drug lord. Together with the help of At Toon, the only English speaking native, they must fight off the three opposing forces and find out what is right for the villagers, as well as themselves. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Tom Hanks and John Candy are building a bridge between two cultures... even if no one wants it. See more »

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Alles hört auf mein Kommando  »

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Trivia

The film was mildly controversial for its Coca-Cola drink scene which played like a very deliberate product placement. The movie was made by Tri-Star Pictures which was a division of Columbia Pictures which was owned by the Coca-Cola company. Just recently, home video cassettes of Ghostbusters (1984) had been released with an advertisement for Coke on the tapes. The film's co-scriptwriter Ken Levine has explained this on his blog by saying: "We wrote that Coke scene in the first draft, 1980. It stayed in every draft and wound up on the screen. Originally the movie was set up at MGM. After a couple of years it went into turnaround, finally landing at HBO Silver Screen in partnership with Tri-Star. This was 1984. Tri-Star was a division of Sony, as was the Coca Cola company. No one from the studio ever asked that that scene be in. No one from the studio ever mentioned that scene period. A year later the film was released and we walked into a major shitstorm. I look back and think, all of this could so easily been avoided if he just offered her a joint". See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the bar when Beth asks for a Coke, Lawrence pulls a couple of then-current era - 1985 - Coca Cola bottles out of the cooler. The 1985 Coke bottle had a slimmer, straighter shape than the era-correct (1962), green wasp-waist Coke bottle, with a red block logo with "Coca Cola" in white script. See more »

Quotes

John Reynolds: Bourne? Hey, I got a telegram about you.
[Reads telegram]
John Reynolds: You must have some kind of pull back home.
Lawrence Bourne III: Well, we do like to consider Washington our back yard.
John Reynolds: Yep; never seen anything like it. Waiver of training, physical, background check; immediate assignment to the Peace Corps at Loon Ta.
Lawrence Bourne III: What! Loon Ta! You mean I'm in the Peace Corps? There, there must be some mistake!
Tom Tuttle: Hey, Larry, you going to Loon Ta? So am I.
Lawrence Bourne III: Wait a minute, don't tell me he's going too!
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Crazy Credits

Tom Hanks' character has firstname "Lawrence". Hanks saves the village. As film fades to black for credits, a large group of "volunteers" gather around Hanks. Just as black for start of credits shows, chants of "Lawrence, Lawrence, Lawrence..." are heard. Absolutely a tribute to scene of O'Toole as Lawrence of Arabia marching across traintop to chants of "Lawrence, Lawrence, Lawrence..." See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Wolverton Mountain
Written by Merle Kilgore (as M. Kilgore) and Claude King (as C. King)
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Funny, Funny, Funny
17 February 2002 | by (Fredericksburg, VA) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest movies you'll find in the 99 cent rental section. Probably one of the late John Candy's most hilarious roles and you can see glimpses of the great actor that Tom Hanks has become. This movie is an excellent spoof of several movies, most notably, The Bridge on the River Kwai. I highly recommend this movie to anyone looking an hour-and-a-half of belly laughs.


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