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Volunteers (1985)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1985 (USA)
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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Trivia

When John Candy attempts to destroy the bridge he says "What have I done?". This is the same line Colonel Nicholson (Alec Guinness) says before the bridge is destroyed in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). 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 »

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Lawrence Bourne III: Just a minute, stewardess!
Tammy: Yes?
Lawrence Bourne III: Could you get the pilot to send a telegram for me?
[Writes down message]
Lawrence Bourne III: 'Dear Dad. Have made terrible mistake and joined the Peace Corps. Please arrange to have me brought home at once. Your loving son, blah, blah, blah Lawrence'.
Tammy: Are you sure?
Lawrence Bourne III: Do I look like I'm associated with this hootenanny? And when you come back, bring me something with alcohol in it.
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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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Spoofs The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) See more »

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The Fight Song - Washington State University
Written by Phyllis Sayles and Zella Melcher
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One pretty funny movie
14 January 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I don't see why this film has such a bad reputation, and is probably regarded as the worst in Tom Hanks' career. Sure, it's no "Forrest Gump," but as a broad comedy it works out well. Hanks is passionate about every role he plays, and this case was no different. He's very funny as his snooty rich character. Adding to the comic relief are Gedde Watanabe (of "Sixteen Candles") and the always-funny John Candy. The plot is predictable, but there are many amusing moments. Plus, it's refreshing to see a comedy that's Rated R!!! Sure, it's no hard R, but nowadays filmmakers are so afraid to release comedies with R-ratings that it's not even funny--no pun intended.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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