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1962, after Yale graduation, womanizing Lawrence flees a gambling debt that his rich dad won't pay. He takes his roomie's place as Peace Corps Volunteer in Thai Golden Triangle with 2 other PCVs. Will he survive 2 years?

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Lawrence Bourne III
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Tom Tuttle from Tacoma
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Beth Wexler
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John Reynolds
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At Toon
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Lawrence Bourne Jr.
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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 ...
Announcer
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Evelyn Bourne
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Souvanna
Jude Mussetter ...
Bootsy Winder
Carlos Romano ...
Beatty
Duncan Ross ...
Noble
Shakti Chen ...
Lucille (as Shakti)
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Sumo Guard
Lonnie Wun ...
Sumo Guard
Harry Yorku ...
Al Pe
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Directed by

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Nicholas Meyer

Written by

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Keith Critchlow ... (story)
 
Ken Levine ... (screenplay) and
David Isaacs ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Walter F. Parkes ... producer
Theodore R. Parvin ... associate producer
Richard Shepherd ... producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Ric Waite

Film Editing by

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Steve Polivka
Ronald Roose

Editorial Department

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Barry Dresner ... apprentice film editor
Peck Prior ... assistant editor
Brian Ralph ... negative cutter
Clarinda Wong ... assistant editor

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Penny Ellers
Joyce Robinson

Production Design by

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James L. Schoppe ... (as James Schoppe)

Art Direction by

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José Rodríguez Granada

Makeup Department

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Allan A. Apone ... special makeup designer
Del Armstrong ... makeup supervisor
Raúl Esquivel ... wig master
Esperanza Gómez ... hair stylist
Alberto López ... makeup artist
Josefina Mendoza ... hair stylist
Ester Oropeza ... makeup artist
Dione Taylor ... key hair stylist

Production Management

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Efren Flores ... assistant production manager (as Efren Flores Torres)
Ricardo Frera ... unit production manager: Mexico
César Armando Jiménez ... assistant production manager
Carlo Rodríguez Márquez ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Baruch Abuloff ... second assistant director: Mexico
Elie Cohn ... first assistant director
BJ Davis ... second unit director
Harvey Keith ... second unit director: Chang Me escape stunts
John Langley ... second unit director: bridge building sequence
Jesús Marín ... first assistant director: Mexico
David Burton Morris ... second unit director: Yale graduation background
Ricker Slaven ... second assistant director: Mexico

Art Department

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Ramón Altirriva ... production buyer
Ricardo Alvarado ... props
Arturo Brito ... set designer
Gabriel Chavez ... stand-by painter
Carlos Cortes ... key propman
Ramón Estrada ... props
Francisco García ... construction buyer
Alfonso Godínez ... props
Fernando Martínez ... set illustrator
Antonio Mata Jr. ... props
Ray Mercer Jr. ... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Francisco Ramirez ... greensman (as Francisco Ramírez)
Macedonio Ramos ... set dresser
Joel Romo ... props
Jorge Sainz ... assistant art director
Roberto Ávila ... assistant set dresser
Moises Pineda ... greens assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alexander ... re-recording mixer
Terry Lynn Allen ... sound editor
Lorna Anderson ... assistant sound editor
Lon Bender ... supervising sound editor
Adrianna Cohen ... assistant sound editor
Heriberto Cárdenas ... cable person
Joe Gilbert ... assistant sound editor
Stan Gilbert ... adr editor
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Claude Hitchcock ... sound mixer
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer (as Christopher Jenkins)
Randy Kelley ... sound editor
Elliott Koretz ... sound editor
Jorge Palomino ... boom operator: Mexico (as Jorge Palomino Rojas)
Dan M. Rich ... sound editor
Wylie Stateman ... supervising sound editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger ... adr editor
Robert Taylor ... boom operator
Hugo Weng ... foley editor (uncredited)

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Pete Clark ... special effects: explosives
Daniel Cordero ... special effects
Laurencio Cordero ... special effects coordinator (as Laurencio 'Chovy' Cordero)
Margarito Fuentes Gutiérrez ... special effects (as Margarito Gutiérrez)
Marshall Knight ... special effects: explosives

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James F. Liles ... matte painter

Stunts

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Denny Arnold ... stunts
John Barrett ... stunts (as John Gilbert Barrett)
BJ Davis ... stunt coordinator (as B.J. Davis) / stunt double: Tim Thomerson / stunt double: Tom Hanks / stunts
Rob King ... stunts
Wayne King ... stunts
Alan Marcus ... stunts
Ellie Mite ... stunts
Paul Staples ... stunts
Debra Trowt ... stunts
Dianne L. Wilson ... stunts
Kane Hodder ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Carl Boles ... gaffer: USA
Salvador de Anda ... assistant camera
Críspulo de la Torre ... electrician
Teodoro García ... assistant camera
Jack N. Green ... additional photographer
Heriberto Gutiérrez ... assistant camera
Faustino Hernández ... grip
Ruben Herta ... electrician
Antonio Jara ... assistant dolly grip
Ray Kinzer ... key grip: USA
Raúl Lara ... electrician
Louis Mahler ... video technician
Richard A. Mention III ... second assistant camera
Enrique Morales ... key electrician
Leo J. Napolitano ... camera operator
Jesse Wayne Parker ... crane operator (as Wayne Parker)
Rafael Pérez ... electrician
Jesús Ramírez García ... electrician
Jorge de la Rosa Morales ... grip
Manuel Rosales ... key grip: Mexico
Guillermo Rosas ... assistant camera
Alfredo Ruvalcaba ... still photographer
Salvador 'Apache' Serrano ... dolly grip (as Salvador Serrano)
Baird Steptoe ... first assistant camera
León Sánchez ... camera operator
Ramiro Valencia ... electrician
Antonio Vázquez ... grip
Antonio Álvarez ... gaffer: Mexico
Jesus 'Moroco' Gonzalez ... rigging electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Enrique de Peña ... casting assistant
Luis Sánchez ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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María Antonieta Esquivel ... wardrobe
María Luisa Esquivel ... wardrobe
Ismael Jardon ... wardrobe
Yvonne Kubis ... wardrobe head
Adolfo Ramírez ... key wardrobe
Enrique Villavicencio ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Rafael Delong ... location manager
Robert Knoechel ... location auditor

Music Department

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Else Blangsted ... music editor
Jim Weidman ... music editor
James Horner ... conductor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Armando Amador ... assistant transportation captain
Jose Juan de la Garza ... picture car coordinator
Patrick Knapp ... driver: honeywagon
Alberto Vazquez ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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Gilberto Aguilar ... craft service
María Luisa Anzaldua ... studio secretary
Lisa Beach ... production assistant
Delia Castañeda ... medic (as Delia Castaneda Millán)
Robert Easton ... dialogue coach
Jim Garner ... animal handler: elephant
Humberto Garza ... animal trainer
Miguel Garza ... animal trainer
Marilyn Green ... assistant to producers
Humberto Gurza ... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza ... animal wrangler
Carol Juk ... production secretary
Harvey Keith ... action consultant
Alan J. Lam ... assistant location auditor
Marie Lassen ... accounting secretary
Francisco Ledesma ... delegate: actors
Lydia Lipatan-Sarmiento ... assistant location auditor
Ramón Maciel ... caterer
Hector Moreno ... script supervisor: Mexico
Shelley Olsen ... production coordinator
Mark Andrew Peress ... unit publicist
Phil Savenick ... title designer: opening title sequence
Renate Schneuer ... script supervisor: USA
Sapachai Surongsain ... technical advisor
Janna Wong Healy ... assistant: Mr. Meyer
Jerald M. Wurms ... expert
Federico Ysunza ... production assistant
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Ready or not, here they come See more »
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Also Known As
  • Toujours prêts (France)
  • Alles hört auf mein Kommando (Germany)
  • Voluntarios (Spain)
  • Un ponte di guai (Italy)
  • Alles hört auf mein Kommando (West Germany)
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  • 107 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $5,184,360, 18 Aug 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson met for the second time while filming this movie. The pair married three years later. Wilson originally met Hanks in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies (1980) when she guest-starred as Peter Scolari's Satan-worshiping girlfriend. But their relationship wasn't kindled until they were reunited on the set of this movie. See more »
Goofs Early in the movie, after Lawrence boards the airliner and the cabin door is shut, one of the thugs chasing him tries to board the plane by jumping from the stairway. When he hits the side of the plane, the cabin door flexes and moves, revealing it to be a fake door. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in To John with Love: A Tribute to John Candy (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Blue Moon See more »
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 »
Quotes Chung Mee: Opium is my business. The bridge mean more traffic. More traffic mean more business. More business mean money. More money mean more power.
Lawrence Bourne III: Yeah, well, before I commit any of that to memory, would there be anything in this for me?
Chung Mee: Speed is important in business. Time is money.
Lawrence Bourne III: You said opium was money.
Chung Mee: Money is Money.
Lawrence Bourne III: Well then, what is time again?
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