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      Volunteers

      1985, Comedy, 1h 46m

      12 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Hoping to avoid gambling debts, rich playboy Lawrence Bourne (Tom Hanks) stows away on a plane of Peace Corps volunteers set for Thailand. Once aboard, he meets the outrageously affable Tom Tuttle (John Candy), who shows him the ropes. After landing, the crew is stationed in a small town where they are to construct a bridge. Along with the lovely and altruistic Beth Wexler (Rita Wilson), the group begins work, but soon discover the CIA, communists and a drug lord are eyeing the bridge.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Nicholas Meyer

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $19.4M

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      • Production Co: Home Box Office (HBO), TriStar Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Stereo, Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Tom Hanks
      John Candy
      Rita Wilson
      Tim Thomerson
      George Plimpton

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      • Jan 28, 2012

        A fun movie, pretty well written, with a good cast, and everything else is pretty average for an 80s comedy. I wanted to rate this higher, but there were a bunch of stupid jokes thrown in that I thought the movie could have done without. Otherwise, it's an exciting, fun, charming little comedy. Overall I enjoyed it anyway, even though it's not the best it could be.

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      • Jul 18, 2011

        Not very strong but some scattered laughs and exotic Thailand locations. John Candy lends Tom Hanks a helpful comedy hand once again just like in <i>Splash.</i>

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      • May 04, 2011

        Tom Hanks plays a rich Harvard snob Lawrence Bourne III, a Yalie with an upper-crust accent who joins the Peace Core to escape his gambling debts. Once on the plane, however, he has second thoughts and as soon as he gets off the plane, Lawrence literally goes down on his knees and begs the leader to send him back. But his pleas go in vain. Things begin to look up when an attractive fellow Corps woman, Beth (Rita Wilson) is assigned to the same village, along with an over-zealous but good-hearted engineer, Tom Tuttle from Tacoma, Washington (played by John Candy). However, Beth won't give him the time of day and Tom is a royal pain in the ass nevertheless the trio gets immersed in an elaborate scheme to build a bridge. Hanks and Candy are very humorous while Gedde Watanabe plays a local named Toon, a fast-talking kid who went to an American School in Bangkok who helps Hanks and Candy communicate with his people. Lawrence ends up building the bridge, but then realizes that it was a dreadful mistake, as he comes face to face with brainwashed Communists, deviant drug pushers and John Reynolds, as the crazed CIA operative, who names his Bowie knife "Mike." A piece of trivia for you to digest: It was on this movie set that Tom Hanks won the heart of his second wife Rita Wilson and the duo are still married to date.

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      • Aug 15, 2007

        Absolute corker, from there two films splash and bachelor party this is another terrific slice of deliciousness.

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