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MOVIE POLL: What is your favorite Tom Hanks role?

10.13.2013

What is your favorite Tom Hanks role?

Catch Me If You Can
Saving Private Ryan
Forrest Gump
Big
Road to Perdition
The Da Vinci Code / Angels & Demons
The voice of Woody in the Toy Story movies
Bachelor Party
The Green Mile
Cast Away
The Ladykillers
Bosom Buddies
Splash
Captain Phillips
Cloud Atlas
Mazes and Monsters
Charlie Wilson's War
That Thing You Do!
Philadelphia
Dragnet
A League of Their Own
Apollo 13
Sleepless in Seattle
Volunteers
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11:12PM on 10/15/2013
How you don't have "Turner and Hooch" on that list is sacrilegious.
How you don't have "Turner and Hooch" on that list is sacrilegious.
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8:33AM on 10/15/2013
How is The Burb's not on the list?
How is The Burb's not on the list?
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9:29AM on 10/14/2013
'He Knows You're Alone'.
'He Knows You're Alone'.
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7:46AM on 10/14/2013
What a strange poll. You're missing Larry Crowne, Money Pit and the Burbs for starters. But you remembered to include Bosom Buddies, Volunteers, and some fucking thing called Mazes and Monsters. For me it's a tie between Money Pit and Green Mile. And Cast Away I think...damn this is tough.
What a strange poll. You're missing Larry Crowne, Money Pit and the Burbs for starters. But you remembered to include Bosom Buddies, Volunteers, and some fucking thing called Mazes and Monsters. For me it's a tie between Money Pit and Green Mile. And Cast Away I think...damn this is tough.
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11:04PM on 10/13/2013
Big. Every time that I have ever watched that, it pulls at my heartstrings. That scene where he spends his first night alone in that motel room and he becomes so afraid, he breaks down into tears... wow.
Big. Every time that I have ever watched that, it pulls at my heartstrings. That scene where he spends his first night alone in that motel room and he becomes so afraid, he breaks down into tears... wow.
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9:55PM on 10/13/2013

D:

Big. That's about it. He's very bland.
Big. That's about it. He's very bland.
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6:44AM on 10/14/2013
Really??? have you seen Philadelphia?? Road to Perdition? I respectfully disagree with you.
Really??? have you seen Philadelphia?? Road to Perdition? I respectfully disagree with you.
7:42AM on 10/14/2013
Asinine
Asinine
9:43PM on 10/13/2013
Big, in which it's not even the list but I like him in that movie a lot.
Big, in which it's not even the list but I like him in that movie a lot.
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9:24PM on 10/13/2013
So many good films, but if it's a ROLE, I gotta go w/ A League of Their Own. I love how he crosses from comedic to dramatic intensity in that one.
So many good films, but if it's a ROLE, I gotta go w/ A League of Their Own. I love how he crosses from comedic to dramatic intensity in that one.
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9:12PM on 10/13/2013

Bad Poll

How you can have this list without MoneyPit is beyond me
How you can have this list without MoneyPit is beyond me
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3:24AM on 10/14/2013
My thought exactly :-)
My thought exactly :-)
7:46AM on 10/14/2013
And The Burbs too???? Wow...
And The Burbs too???? Wow...
8:46PM on 10/13/2013
I know it's kinda cool to dislike Forrest Gump, but man, that's a great movie and an excellent performance from Hanks. You really felt for the character; there was an earnestness and naivete which might have been easy to really overplay, but Hanks didn't. Big is similar in that respect; he was very believable as a child who'd just grown up overnight. Castaway is one of those classic virtuoso performances every actor wants to get a chance to do; playing against nothing for an entire film and
I know it's kinda cool to dislike Forrest Gump, but man, that's a great movie and an excellent performance from Hanks. You really felt for the character; there was an earnestness and naivete which might have been easy to really overplay, but Hanks didn't. Big is similar in that respect; he was very believable as a child who'd just grown up overnight. Castaway is one of those classic virtuoso performances every actor wants to get a chance to do; playing against nothing for an entire film and holding court. No mean feat. Cloud Atlas, I thought his Dr. Henry Goose was an interesting character for him, because he's very much a greedy villain and that isn't normally Hanks' type to play.
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8:17PM on 10/13/2013
Since the question is for favorite ROLE and not necessarily for favorite movie, I'd say it's a toss-up between Charlie Wilson's War and A League of Their Own. Voted for CWW only because I think it'll have less votes (and oh look, I was right).
Since the question is for favorite ROLE and not necessarily for favorite movie, I'd say it's a toss-up between Charlie Wilson's War and A League of Their Own. Voted for CWW only because I think it'll have less votes (and oh look, I was right).
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7:35PM on 10/13/2013

The TOY STORY series

Even though Hanks is an A-list Hollywood star I never heard him as Woody and thought, "That's Tom Hanks as a character." I always thought, "That's Woody talking."

For me, that's the mark of a great actor.

Also, check out the behind-the-scenes footage for THE POLAR EXPRESS. Even though the movie's not that great, his acting in the motion-capture scenes is stunning.
Even though Hanks is an A-list Hollywood star I never heard him as Woody and thought, "That's Tom Hanks as a character." I always thought, "That's Woody talking."

For me, that's the mark of a great actor.

Also, check out the behind-the-scenes footage for THE POLAR EXPRESS. Even though the movie's not that great, his acting in the motion-capture scenes is stunning.
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7:06PM on 10/13/2013
I really have a soft spot for Punchline.
I really have a soft spot for Punchline.
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6:19PM on 10/13/2013

Road To Perdition

Even though there is no wrong answer, Road To Perdition is my favorite Tom Hanks role.
Even though there is no wrong answer, Road To Perdition is my favorite Tom Hanks role.
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6:18PM on 10/13/2013
Money Pit!
Money Pit!
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5:32PM on 10/13/2013
The Green Mile is one of my all time favourite films so an easy choice for me... I thought it would have more votes
The Green Mile is one of my all time favourite films so an easy choice for me... I thought it would have more votes
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5:28PM on 10/13/2013

Disappointment

I cannot believe "The Burbs" is not an option. Hands down my favorite.
I cannot believe "The Burbs" is not an option. Hands down my favorite.
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5:52PM on 10/13/2013
I support this response
I support this response
5:09PM on 10/13/2013
The Burbs! My favorite Tom Hanks movie.
The Burbs! My favorite Tom Hanks movie.
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3:55PM on 10/13/2013
Punchline - IMO the best blend of Tom Hanks' early comedic prowess and current dramatic talents.

And IMO goes with roles like Apollo 13, Philadelphia, and Private Ryan as roles only Hanks could have pulled off.
Punchline - IMO the best blend of Tom Hanks' early comedic prowess and current dramatic talents.

And IMO goes with roles like Apollo 13, Philadelphia, and Private Ryan as roles only Hanks could have pulled off.
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3:55PM on 10/13/2013

Joe Versus the Volcano

Great flick.
Great flick.
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3:48PM on 10/13/2013
There are a handful of movies where Tom Hanks really made a difference. I haven't seen Saving Private Ryan literally since 1998, but that's one of them. Apollo 13 and Road to Perdition are also movies that benefitted particularly from his presence. But if you had to ask me my personal favorite role of his, I'd probably have to say Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own.
There are a handful of movies where Tom Hanks really made a difference. I haven't seen Saving Private Ryan literally since 1998, but that's one of them. Apollo 13 and Road to Perdition are also movies that benefitted particularly from his presence. But if you had to ask me my personal favorite role of his, I'd probably have to say Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own.
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3:19PM on 10/13/2013
WILSON!!!
WILSON!!!
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2:26PM on 10/13/2013
Too tough to call really. But if you twisted my arm, I would say Saving Private Ryan. No movie affected me so much as this one did after seeing it.
Too tough to call really. But if you twisted my arm, I would say Saving Private Ryan. No movie affected me so much as this one did after seeing it.
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