APOLLO 13
1995, Universal, 140 min, USA, Dir: Ron Howard

“Houston, we have a problem.” An oxygen tank explosion turns what was expected to be a routine lunar mission in 1970 into a race for survival in this acclaimed real-life drama. Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton play astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, who narrowly averted disaster with assistance from NASA’s Mission Control Center. With meticulous attention to detail, APOLLO 13 earned nine Oscar nominations, with wins for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and Kathleen Quinlan costar.


SAVING MR. BANKS
2013, Walt Disney Studios, 126 min, USA, Dir: John Lee Hancock

Walt Disney fell under the spell of Mary Poppins not long after the book was published, and the magical English nanny’s 30-year journey from page to screen is reenacted here. Tom Hanks stars as Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins author P.L. Travers, joined by an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths.


CASTAWAY
2000, 20th Century Fox, 143 min, USA, Dir: Robert Zemeckis

Fed Ex executive Tom Hanks takes what he thinks is a routine flight and ends up stranded on a desert island when his plane crashes and kills everyone else on board. As he realizes that no one is coming to save him, Hanks's character is forced to adapt to life alone on the island. The result is a tour-de-force of performance (Hanks spends the majority of the movie with no other actors to play off of) and visceral, experimental filmmaking by Robert Zemeckis.


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