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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lawrence Bourne III
... Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
... Beth Wexler
... John Reynolds
... At Toon
... Lawrence Bourne Jr.
Ernest Harada ... Chung Mee
... Albert Bardenaro
... Kent Sutcliffe
... 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 ... Announcer
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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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Alles hört auf mein Kommando  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,184,360, 18 August 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,875,740
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1.85 : 1
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Tom Hanks based his performance as and characterization of Lawrence Bourne III on the actor who played his character's father Lawrence Bourne, Jr., actor George Plimpton. Hanks payed much attention to Plimpton and listened to his diction very astutely. Hanks was able to mimic his vocalizations by mimicking certain words and putting stress on certain vowels. Hanks once said: "I tried to cull from him that air, not of superiority, but of a kind of confidence he exudes. He has one of the most distinctive voices ever. It was the most fun I've ever had as an actor. As soon as I put on that double-breasted white tuxedo, I was in character. It was a situation of the clothes making the man. Lawrence is a guy who refuses to take life on anything but his own terms. He is consistent to the end". See more »

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In the graduation scene, the cable to the loan shark's earphone changes position between shots. See more »

Quotes

John Reynolds: There's no one else, Bourne. Just you, me, and Mike
[holding up his knife]
John Reynolds: . Now get up.
Lawrence Bourne III: You know there was never a time where brains didn't triumph over brawn. And I've got brains.
John Reynolds: Oh, yeah?
Lawrence Bourne III: Hey, is that a Russian MiG-25?
John Reynolds: [looking up at the sky] Where?
[Lawrence punches John, knocking him off the bridge]
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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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If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
Written by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger (as Peter Seeger)
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Give it some credit
27 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was surprised to see Volunteers rate out at just a 5 on a scale of 10. But that rating is pretty consistent across all demographics, so maybe I'm just a sucker for Hanks and Candy. I *know* I'm a sucker for Rita Wilson.

Still, I thought the movie offered several good laughs, solid performances from all the principal characters, and a feel-good ending. If nothing else, it should have taught you the words to Washington State University's fight song!

If you haven't seen it, rent it with an open mind. It REALLY IS better than a 5.


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