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« on: July 05, 2004, 08:34:27 PM »

Just saw this movie today, and you can imagine my delight at seeing that Viktor Navorski (sp?), Tom Hanks' character, is Orthodox Christian. Grin He does the eastern sign of the cross before he eats at one point...and his (fictional) country of Krakozhia borders Russia, which to me is further proof that Krakozhia is meant to be a small Orthodox country. Viktor follows all the rules, will not break the law to gain his freedom, but will bend a few rules here and there where innocent lives will be affected. Smiley

The only HUGE complaint I have with the movie is the dumb (REALLY dumb!) love story the filmmakers attempted, that failed miserably. Catherine Zeta-Jones' character does NOTHING to further the plot, and the "love story" is just such bunk, and so ridiculous, it completely clouds the story of a man who leaves his homeland to fulfill a promise he made to someone very dear to him (I will not give any more away Wink), and all the lives he touches as he goes.

I am also curious about the language he speaks...I am pretty sure it is some form of Russian, because at one point he speaks to a Russian man, but I would be curious as to what they did to pure Russian (if there is such a thing Smiley) in order to make it "Krakozhian," if they did anything at all.

Overall, a good movie, but would be SO MUCH better if the whole Zeta-Jones plotline were CUT OUT. Smiley

If anyone else sees it, I would be interested in your opinions. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2004, 07:33:49 PM »

Hanks, of course, is married to a Greek Orthodox, so that probably helped him to act the role more authentically.
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2004, 10:18:28 AM »

Hanks also from time to time shows up at a ROCOR church in LA... once or twice a year.
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2004, 11:50:03 AM »

So is Hanks Orthodox? Does anyone know? If his wife is (which I didn't know), did he convert to marry her?
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2004, 12:06:58 PM »

[So is Hanks Orthodox? Does anyone know? If his wife is (which I didn't know), did he convert to marry her? ]

Yes, yes, and yes.  Hanks wife is from a Greek mother and a Bulgarian father.  Both Orthodox.  Think they were married in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in L.A.

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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011, 01:56:39 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011, 04:46:58 AM »

I quite liked the movie. But besides that, yes, he is a member of the Greek Orthodox church. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011, 04:55:16 AM »

The only HUGE complaint I have with the movie is the dumb (REALLY dumb!) love story the filmmakers attempted, that failed miserably. Catherine Zeta-Jones' character does NOTHING to further the plot,

...Overall, a good movie, but would be SO MUCH better if the whole Zeta-Jones plotline were CUT OUT. Smiley

Impossible! Catherine Zeta Jones always elevates a film. Always. And one of these days they will cast Catherine Zeta Jones, Marissa Tomei, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Miranda Otto all in the same movie, and it will be the greatest movie ever made. Ever.  Grin
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