They include Hanks’s Oscar-nominated performance in the acclaimed survival-thriller Cast Away and show the versatility that he has become synonymous with over a career that spans more than three decades and includes two Academy Awards for Best Actor.
There’s also the romantic comedy The Terminal and the biographical crime drama Catch Me If You Can, both directed by Hanks’s good friend Steven Spielberg.
Known for his roles in hit movies including Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Toy Story, Hanks’ films have grossed more than $8.4 billion worldwide, making him one of the highest-grossing actors in film history.
The Tom Hanks season starts on Saturday, June 13, with The Terminal at 20h00. When Viktor Navorski (Hanks), an Eastern European tourist, arrives at JFK in New York, war breaks out in his country and he finds himself caught up in international politics. Because of the war, the Department of Homeland Security won’t let him enter or exit the United States. He’s trapped at JFK indefinitely. While living at the airport, Viktor falls for a flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones). She may have feelings for him too. But what good is love if Viktor can’t leave the terminal?
Catch Me If You Can (Saturday June 20 at 20h00) is based on the autobiography of Frank Abagnale, a true-life story of the most successful bank robber and con artist in US history. Successfully eluding the FBI for years, Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a master of deception: posing as a commercial airline pilot, paediatrician, assistant attorney general and history professor – and a brilliant forger passing millions in bad cheques. In the movie he is pursued by Hanks as an FBI agent.
Hanks won a Golden Globe for his performance as marooned federal express engineer Chuck Noland in Cast Away (Saturday, June 27, at 20h00). Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson. Will Chuck ever return to civilization and reunite with his loved ones?
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