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Hook

Dustin Hoffman , Robin Williams , Steven Spielberg    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Steven Spielberg's deeply flawed but sporadically fun and moving update of the Peter Pan legend stars Robin Williams as the grown-up Pan, a corporate-takeover type who must embrace his old identity in order to save his kids from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). The stars put on a good show, including Hoffman's read of Hook's hysterical personality, Julia Roberts mini-turn as a tiny Tinker Bell, and Maggie Smith's touching performance as the aged Wendy. The visual contrast between the adult Pan's bustling outside world and the insulated fantasy of Neverland is striking, but Spielberg's ideas about the Lost Boys--politically correct in their ethnic diversity, energetic on skateboards--are contrived and cheapening. On the plus side, the story's theme about adults finding their innocence again through their children is very touching (though some people have found it cloying). If you can look beyond the glaring problems, there's plenty to like here. --Tom Keogh


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Rob
Format:DVD
For a movie going on lucky 13 years old, it's still as fun to watch as it was the first time I saw it in the theaters. Peter Banning is a well off American lawyer married to the great grandaughter of Wendy Moira Angela Darling...Mora Darling. He also has two kids, Jack and Maggie. However, supporting for his family has become a full time job and as such he's forgotten all about having an imagination, playing with his kids, spending time with his family, and enjoying his life. And in the middle of all of this, there's Capt. James S. Hook, life long enemy of Peter Pan (Banning, though unbeknownst to him). In an act of vengeance, he kidnaps Banning's kids in the night, and tinkerbell comes home to bring Peter back to Never Neverland and make Peter remember the life he left behind and the fight that was never finished.
Mr. Spielberg went all out on this movie, and it shows. There's a lot of heart and soul here from the pirate ships to the lost boys hideout to London and back again. At the same time, there's a lot of heart in both the screenplay and the actors embodiment of the characters. I don't think there will ever be a Hook as good as the one that Dustin Hoffman has done in this film, Bob Hoskins is always a pleasure to watch and his comedic timing is near perfect, causing everything from a slight chuckle to uproarious laughter to pass your lips after each scene he's in, and William's Peter Banning/Pan, while extrodinarily silly and misguided at times, comes around brilliantly, and the first time you watch him fly you can't help but grin from ear to ear.
The child talent is always a risky business, but if you accept that the kids are not going to be the best actors in the world, you realize that most of them do the script justice, whether they know they are or not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars No dubbing Jan. 7 2014
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I bought it because it was supposed to be dubbed in French, but this film is in English only (5.1 and 2.0) and not dubbed into any other language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all ages Sept. 9 2013
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This piece of art was created for all ages. That you are 5 or 95 you will enjoy for ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dustin Hoffman was wonderful! June 3 2013
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Well, apart from some liberties taken on the story's timeline... it is a fun movie to watch; reminiscing as we watch a more "youthful" Robin Williams and Julia Roberts - younger than now anyway. Dustin Hoffman was brilliant as Hook, and Bob Hoskins was a joy to watch. A blast from the past with fond memories...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 8 2014
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The movie is good but not Bilingual.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Version bilingue ???? June 10 2014
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Ne n'indique sur la pochette qu'il est en français. Tous est en anglais, uniquement. Erreur d'étiquettage. Ils devraient enlever la mention bilingue.
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1.0 out of 5 stars hook March 12 2014
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It not bilanguage !!! Im not a anglish man !! The movie is not french language !!! Ckeck your pocket !!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lie Dec 27 2013
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I really like this movie but there's a lie. it's not bilingual AT ALL ! only in English. I bought it for my nieces and they don.t understand English. So, i'm disapointed.
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