Hanks For The Memories: Five Nights with Tom

2 November 2012

Starting Monday 26 November, Sky Movies pays homage to Hollywood's 'Mr Nice Guy' Tom Hanks with a five-day showcase of his most iconic films, including his Oscar-winning acts in Forrest Gump and Philadelphia.

Monday 26 November

forrest gump DI8pm  Forrest Gump
Oscars all round with Best Actor Hanks taking the title role of Robert Zemeckis's Best Picture, the extraordinary tale of a man for whom "life is like a box of chocolates". Funny, touching and unique.


SVOD-DI The Terminal10.25pm  The Terminal
Steven Spielberg's warmly human tale sees East European immigrant Hanks land in New York, only to be confined to the airport when he is caught in political limbo. Catherine Zeta-Jones co-stars in a real charmer, based on a true story.


Tuesday 27 November

Apollo13 DI8pm  Apollo 13
Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton play the beleaguered astronauts in what turned out to be NASA's most nail-biting mission. Director Ron Howard cranks up the suspense while Ed Harris plays the ground controller who tries to guide their stricken spacecraft home.


SVOD-DI That Thing You Do10.25pm  That Thing You Do!
Hanks makes his directing debut with this upbeat tale of a 60s boy band. The tuneful drama stars Tom Everett Scott and features early roles for Liv Tyler and Charlize Theron, with Hanks happy to give up centre stage as the band's manager.


Wednesday 28 November

Toy Story 3 Woody6.15pm  Toy Story 3
Not seen but wonderfully heard, Hanks voices cowboy hero Woody for the third time as Pixar's favourite playthings embark on what's been said is their final adventure. But we want it to go on... to infinity and beyond!


dragnet DI 018pm  Dragnet
This affectionate send-up of the fifties TV cop show sees Hanks as the reckless new partner of Dan Aykroyd's starchy sergeant Joe Friday. Their murder investigation implicates sinister cult leader Christopher Plummer. But Friday's not interested in speculation - "just the facts".


The Green Mile DI 019.50pm  The Green Mile
Compelling adaptation of Stephen King's serial novel about a Death Row prison guard (Hanks) who realises that his latest inmate (played by the late Michael Clarke Duncan) has a supernatural gift. Another great spin on King from Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont.


Thursday 29 November

Big-19888pm  Big
Hanks earned his first Oscar nomination as the 12-year-old boy who wishes he was big, and then wakes up aged 30. Still the best of the body swap comedies.


Philadelphia - Tom Hanks9.45pm  Philadelphia
Jonathan Demme directed Hanks to his first Best Actor Oscar as a gay lawyer with AIDS who fights a wrongful dismissal lawsuit with the grudging help of a homophobic attorney (Denzel Washington). Bruce Springsteen also won an Oscar for the title song of this affecting drama.


Friday 30 November

SVOD-DI Cast Away8pm  Cast Away
Hanks virtually carries this modern-day Robinson Crusoe tale single-handed as the FedEx troubleshooter who struggles to survive on a desert island after a plane crash. His companion Wilson doesn't say much, but hey, a friend's a friend.


10.30pm  The Green Mile
See Wednesday.