This listing is for Hook VHS Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts.
Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith
Directors: Steven Spielberg
Writers: J.M. Barrie, James V. Hart, Malia Scotch Marmo, Nick Castle
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Craig Baumgarten, Dodi Fayed
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
Rated: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested
Number of tapes: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures
VHS Release Date: March 21, 2000
Run Time: 142 minutes
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.
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