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Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts

Movie veterans Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks star in Larry Crowne, released on DVD next week 14th Novemeber. This eminent release got us thinking about the top five films these heavyweights have starred in – here’s what we came up with…

Movie veterans Julia Roberts and
Tom Hanks star in Larry Crowne, released on DVD next week 14th Novemeber. This eminent release
got us thinking about the top five films these heavyweights have starred in –
here’s what we came up with…

The Hanks Top Five:

Cast Away
Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a FedEx executive who is
the sole survivor of a plane crash that leaves him stranded on an uninhabited
island. Chuck spends four years struggling to live with Wilson, his volleyball
and only companion, until he finally escapes back to civilization. Somehow
Hanks manages to make a film that features almost solely a man and a ball compelling,
emotional, and heart wrenching.

This one is an oldie but a goodie. Tom Hanks plays
Josh Baskin, a thirteen year old boy who wishes to be “big” and turns 30
overnight. Josh manages to land every kid’s dream job as a professional toy
tester after he impresses the CEO with his childish enthusiasm. However, as his
adult responsibilities continue to pile up, he grows tired of being old and
wishes to be young again. Big brings out the child in all of us- it’s just too
bad that we can’t be young again when we make a wish.

The Green Mile
In a much more serious role than Big, Tom Hanks plays Paul Edgecomb in The
Green Mile, a corrections officer who
works in the cell block that is the prisoners last mile to the electric chair.
Paul forms a friendship with the supposed murderer John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), who turns about
to be everything but a murderer. Everyday life at the prison begins to unravel,
especially after John brings a mousse back to life and cures a dying woman of
cancer. Hank’s performance as the conflicted Paul is profound and makes a great

Saving Private Ryan
Capt. John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, stars in this World
War II film loosely based on real events. After three brothers are killed,
Miller and his men must go on a mission to find the last surviving brother- you
guessed it, Private James Ryan (Matt
). Despite being under constant fire and facing death at every turn,
the men trek on, giving insight into just how brave these soldiers were. Hanks
does an amazing job of portraying the seriousness of the role, yet still
manages to add humour to keep up the spirits of his men and the movie.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is
nothing less than a classic. The movie opens with Tom Hanks as Forest Gump
telling his life story to a stranger on a bench. Forrest, despite being
labelled with a low IQ as a child, has met multiple Presidents, become famous for
shrimp, Ping-Pong, and running, and has coincidentally been at some of the most
famous events in history. All the while, his path keeps intersecting with his
childhood love, Jenny (Robin Wright).
Hanks’ performance makes the film light-hearted and fun while still commenting
on serious historical issues. And of course, no one can deliver the line “Life
is like a box of chocolates” like Tom Hanks can.

The Roberts Top Five:

My Best Friend’s Wedding
Julia Roberts stars as Julianne Potter, the
comically jealous best friend, in this chick flick. Julianne finds out her best
friend Michael O’Neil (Dermot Mulroney)
is going to get married in just a few days and, after realising that she
herself loves him, plots to break up the wedding before it’s too late. Even
after the bride-to-be asks Julianne to be her maid-of-honour, she is determined
to sabotage the relationship and win the man for herself. Despite playing the
role of the other woman, Roberts is of course classy and hilarious throughout
the whole film.

Notting Hill
In Notting Hill Julia Roberts plays Anna Scott a famous
American actress (sound familiar?). Anna happens to meet Will Thacker (Hugh Grant), the owner of a small book
store in Notting Hill and their unlikely romance begins to bud. Obviously, as
with any romantic comedy, the guy can never just get the girl and the fact that
one is a star complicates things even more. Even though poor Will has to jump
through hoops to be with her, it’s definitely worth it – it is Julia Roberts
after all.

Pretty Woman
Julia Roberts plays the quirky prostitute Vivian
Ward, who is hired to be the social escort of business tycoon Edward Lewis (Richard Gere). Of course, they quickly
fall in love and she helps him to find the values he lost sight of a long time
ago. Roberts manages to shine in this unusual role making this the the one
chick flick that every guy has seen and may actually admit to having liked.

Erin Brockovich
Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts, is the
amazing true story of an unemployed, single mother who demands a job as a legal
assistant from the lawyer who lost her lawsuit and the money she was depending
on. After she comes across some suspicious information, Erin begins to dig up
the dirt on a company that’s been trying to cover up the dangerous chemicals
it’s been leaking into the water supply of a surrounding community. Julia
Roberts perfectly portrays the strong willed and passionate Erin Brockovich, who is trying to balance raising her
children with almost single-handedly bringing down a huge company and getting
hundreds of millions of dollars for the community members.

Hanks & Roberts Together:

Larry Crowne
Two of Hollywood’s greatest come together to make Larry
Crowne Number One on this list. Tom Hanks stars as Larry Crowne, a middle-aged
man who gets fired from his job for not having a college education. Larry goes
back to college and becomes a new man, meeting Mercedes, played by Julia
Roberts, along the way. Hanks proves that he can be both actor and director in
this fun romantic comedy.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email:

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