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From Viktor Navorski to Forrest Gump: Tom Hanks’s most memorable characters on screen

Anukriti Chaturvedi

Anukriti Chaturvedi
Jul 09, 2021

Source: Hidustan Times

Whether Tom Hanks is leading his troops in Saving Private Ryan or essaying a loveable naive man in The Terminal or is even voicing a cowboy doll, he has displayed his versatile acting skills time and again, always leaving the viewers of his movies in awe. 

Forrest Gump
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Forrest Gump Forrest Gump is one Tom Hanks most notable character. “Mama Always Said, Life Was Like a Box of Chocolates. You Never Know What You're Gonna Get”, is one of the most iconic dialogues of all time. Forrest is a simple minded and kind hearted person as we follow his life from his childhood throughout his adulthood. Through his life, we get a look at some of the biggest events that unfold in United States history.
Catch Me If You Can
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Carl Hanratty In Catch Me If You Can, Tom Hanks essays the role of FBI agent Carl Hanratty who is on the tail of a con man, Frank Abagnale, essayed by Leonardo DiCaprio. In this Steven Spielberg’s directorial, the duo get embroiled in a thrilling and comedic game of cat and mouse. They both shine on the screen, with a sizzling chemistry.
The Terminal
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Viktor Navorski Essaying the role of Victor Navorski from the fictional country of Krakozhia, The Terminal is one of the most heartwarming films starring Tom Hanks. As Viktor’s country is no longer recognized as an independent nation, due to a breakout of a civil war, the American authorities seize his passport at John F. Kennedy Airport and he is barred from leaving the airport until the matter is resolved. He makes an under construction terminal gate his temporary accommodation. Watch him fall in love and make some great friendships along the way.
Sleepless in Seattle
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Sam Baldwin Tom Hanks essays the role of a recently widowed single father of an 8 year old, Sam Baldwin quintessential rom-com film from the 80s. The Nora Ephron directorial sees Tom Hanks as he struggles to get over the death of his wife.
Saving Private Ryan
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Captain Miller In another stunning Spielberg directorial, Saving Private Ryan is an iconic war film where Tom Hanks essays the role of Captain Miller. It is set in the backdrop of World War II at Normandy. Captain Miller is charged with the responsibility of finding Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), who is the sole survivor out of four brothers. Captain Miller is a true and inspiring leader, who leads his men behind enemy lines, without leaving anyone. Apart from the appreciation for Hanks’s acting, the movie has been appreciated for the realistic portrayal of war, transcending genres.
Toy Story
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Sheriff Woody Toy Story is one of the first and cult classic animated movies from Pixar Animations Studios. Tom Hanks is famous for the voiceover of good hearted Sheriff Woody, a doll belonging to Andy, a young boy. He is a living doll who pretends to be lifeless along with other dolls in the presence of humans. His place as Andy’s favourite toy is taken by Buzz Lightyear, an arrogant action figure who thinks he is a real spaceman on a mission. The movie is for children as much as it is for adults.
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