Starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Dan Hedaya, Abe Vigoda, Ossie Davis, Nathan Lane, Amanda Plummer

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“Dear God, whose name I do not know – thank you for my life. I forgot how BIG… thank you. Thank you for my life.” So says Joe (Hanks), once just a worker ant, pondering the big questions with a bad case of hypochondria. After being diagnosed with a “brain cloud,” and given six months to live, Joe is offered by a kooky millionaire, Graynamore (Bridges), an opportunity to jump in a volcano for the good of an island tribe; essentially sacrificing himself for their well-being. He accepts, and goes off on an adventure led by Graynamore’s daughter, Patricia (Ryan, in one of three roles). Wonderful, wonderful movie as far as I’m concerned. Beautifully strange, mixing the profound with the bizarre, but always witty. Hanks and Ryan are great together, and give the film a rooting interest beyond all of the offbeat antics, and the dialogue is peerless.

 

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