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Biography - Tom Hanks: The Luckiest Man In The World (2007)

Tom Hanks  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A & E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T28PME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Detailing the life of Tom Hanks

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great actor and person December 11, 2010
this movie was very good as it showed Tom Hanks as a person and how he kept his private life private
I certainly enjoyed the information about a great actor
thanks to the biography channel and its help in letting us know a great actor and his wife
chfancier "champion of fine movies"
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While video biographies 50 minutes in length cannot cover a great deal of a person's life, in this case the emphasis is on the film career of Hanks. For he is a very private person, keeping his family out of the spotlight as much as possible. There is some history of his life before acting, the emphasis there is on his high school drama experience.
What make this biography interesting are the comments from people in the film industry. Critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roper, directors Steven Spielberg, Penny Marshall and Ron Howard and fellow actors Gary Sinise and Peter Scolari add their thoughts about Hanks. It is clear that they really like him and that he is fun to work with as well as professional on the set.
It is also clear that Hanks has remained humble in spite of his incredible success in film. He has taken on some roles that could have been risky to his career, most notably as a gay man suffering from AIDS in the movie "Philadelphia." It was shot in 1993, when there was still significant hysteria over the disease. Now it may not seem as if it was a risky role but at the time there was a very high level of homophobia in the country.
One of the most talented people in movies, Hanks has deserved every award and accolade that he has received and he has the courage to take risky roles. Everything in this video reinforces that impression.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not fully satisfied February 9, 2009
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I like it. However, my expectation was high but the biography is kind of too brief and short to me.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the other TOM November 2, 2007
Like many a "Biography" episode, this is gushy. Tom Hanks is interviewed for the work and perhaps he insisted on that. They never mentioned that he came off like a sore loser when Russell Crowe's film beat "Castaway." It says nothing about how his wife's pilot "My Big Fat Greek Life" never soared. It says nothing on how he has been filmed barely clothed but never nude, unlike most famous actors.

I think "Luckiest" in the title speaks to both Tom's talent and to his being at the right place at the right time. The work does a good job in showing how almost everything he touches turns to gold. Maybe my ears were closed for a second, but the work didn't seem to mention "Sleepless in Seattle" and Tony Kushner once said moviegoers preferred that film over "Philadelphia." Tom's high school drama teacher is interviewed. He doesn't say anything about an important aspect of his identity, yet Tom brought it up when accepting the award for "Philadelphia" and the fact was spun into the film "In & Out."

Though my copy of the disc said 2007, this work said nothing of Tom's performance in "The Da Vinci Code." Tom's partner in "Bosom Buddies," Peter Scolari, is interviewed a lot here and he doesn't appear to be jealous about how Tom has skyrocketed unlike himself. I wonder if the actor who played Ted has no hard feelings against Keanu Reeves either. (Why am I channeling that Simpsons episode where Lisa meets a girl smarter than her now?)

This work is really for Hanks' hardcore fans or for folk who want to know how the famous became famous. I admire Hanks a lot, but those who don't care for him won't like all the praise that is spilled upon him here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanks bio August 2, 2011
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I enjoyed this very much. The author obviously did not interview Tom Hanks, but he interviewed many people who knew him at various points in his life AND quoted Hanks' words from many, many interviews. It felt like a balanced biography, and I found it very interesting.
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