Monday, June 2, 2008
Volunteers (HBO 1985)
Usually the Cold War is not a funny topic, unless you've seen the Tom Hanks and John Candy classic Volunteers. The funny thing is most people I've talked to have never even heard of this film, let alone seen it. So more than likely you are in for a big treat!
Here is some interesting trivia I found on IMDb. Tom Hanks and 'Rita Wilson' met while filming this movie and married three years later. Rita Wilson originally met Tom 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. Here is the movie 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 Washington State 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 American traitors, 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.
Here is the trailer.
"You sly boots you..."