Runtime : 01h47
Genre : Comedy
Release : August 16, 1985
Studio : TriStar Pictures
Domestic revenue : $19,975,740
Director : Nicholas Meyer
Writers : Keith Critchlow
David Isaacs
Ken Levine
Shooting places : Venezuela, The United States

Cast and characters

Tom Hanks Lawrence Whatley Bourne III
John Candy Tom Tuttle
Rita Wilson Beth Wexler
Tim Thomerson John Reynolds
Gedde Watanabe At Toon
George Plimpton Lawrence Bourne Jr.
Ernest Harada Chung Mee
Allan Arbus Albert Bardenaro
Xander Berkeley Kent Sutcliffe
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Cicero
Guillermo Río Sumo Guard
Jacqueline Evans Aunt Eunice
Pamela Gual Tammy, the Stewardess
Philip Guilmant Yale President


Lawrence is a rich kid with a bad accent and a large debt. After his father refuses to help him out, Lawrence escapes his angry debtors by jumping on a Peace Corp flight to Southeast Asia, where is assigned to build a bridge for the local villagers with American-As-Apple-Pie WSU Grad Tom Tuttle and the beautiful and down-to earth Beth Wexler. What they don't realize is that the bridge is coveted by the U.S. Army, a local Communist force, and a powerful drug lord. Together with the help of At Toon, the only English speaking native, they must fight off the three opposing forces and find out what is right for the villagers, as well as themselves.