Hook

December 11th, 1991








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Hook

Plot
When Capt. Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

Release Year: 1991

Rating: 6.3/10 (84,946 voted)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts

Storyline
Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again.

Writers: J.M. Barrie, J.M. Barrie

Cast:
Dustin Hoffman - Capt. Hook
Robin Williams - Peter Banning
Julia Roberts - Tinkerbell
Bob Hoskins - Smee
Maggie Smith - Granny Wendy
Caroline Goodall - Moira Banning
Charlie Korsmo - Jack 'Jackie' Banning
Amber Scott - Maggie Banning
Laurel Cronin - Liza, Wendy's Housekeeper
Phil Collins - Inspector Good
Arthur Malet - Tootles
Isaiah Robinson - Pockets
Jasen Fisher - Ace
Dante Basco - Rufio
Raushan Hammond - Thud Butt

Taglines: What if Peter Pan grew up?

Release Date: 11 December 1991

Filming Locations: Culver Studios - 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,522,535 (USA) (15 December 1991) (2197 Screens)

Gross: $300,854,823 (Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The names of the original lost boys appear on the door to Wendy's house.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Tinkerbell first encounters adult Peter in Wendy's home, Tinkerbell pulls a rug out from under Peter's feet, causing him to fall on his back. However Peter's feet leave the rug (the actor prematurely jumping) before it is pulled from beneath him.

Quotes:
[Hook hangs Maggie and Jack from a net atop the mast]
Captain Hook: I'll make you a deal, Mr. Chairman-of-the-Board. Fly up there and touch the outstretched fingers of your frightened children, and I'll set them free.
Peter Banning: I can't fly!
Captain Hook: Come on, explode out of there! Stop the charade! Free you children!
Maggie/ Jack: Help, daddy!
Captain Hook: [Peter whispers to Hook's ear] I beg your pardon?
Peter Banning: [inaudible whisper] I have a real problem with heights.
Captain Hook: You must be joking.
[he laughs]
Captain Hook: Peter Pan has a real problem with heights!
[...]



User Review

Why does everyone hate this film?

Rating: 8/10

I, personally, cannot understand why so many people have left negative comments about this film. When it was released, many of us were young children and we all enjoyed it, but now that we are older, too many people are pointing out the bad jokes and mistakes and clichés that they have found. The point is, this is a children's film, and we didn't see those mistakes when we were children because it's designed that way. Even so, people fail to see deeper into certain aspects of the film. Peter Pan was meant to be 'the boy who never grew up', so to have a tale of his adult life and to show how he forgot Neverland is a special and unique take on the story, one that won't be forgotten.

There have also been many complaints about the scene where Tink becomes human-size and expresses some kind of love for Peter. Although she is not a human per se, she can have human feelings, so why would she not love him? As the original story tells, she is often jealous of other womens' affections towards him, and this film just extrapolates on that theme a little.

There have been comments about the 'father-who-is-so-busy-and-can't-go-to-the-game' cliché. Well, here's news for you. It's cliché because it happens all the time, and it's a truth! Some parents are just too busy to care. Lastly, too many people are moaning that Hook was too comical to be the bad guy. Well, this is a kids film and if he wasn't a little bit cheery-in-a-maniac sort of way, you'd have parents complaining that their kids were scared.

The main thing about this film is that it is really good, but it IS designed for children, and adults who go back and watch it years later, then suddenly spot loads of mistakes are just ruining it for themselves and others.




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