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Happy Hook Day!!

December 11, 2011

(a fantastic fanmade trailer by YouTube user ARHCxXx007)

20 years ago today my favorite movie of all time released. Filmed entirely on sound stages over 117 days followed by several more months of editing and cutting over 140 hours of film and then adding sound and music, Hook began to come together beautifully for Steven Spielberg and crew. The emotion and excitement can be felt in this behind the scenes look at the final take of the movie:

Hook stars Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, and more and was directed by Steven Spielberg! It received negative reviews from critics and cynics, but disproved them all by being loved by audiences with over $300M grossed worldwide and multiple nominations in the 64th Academy Awards!

Why do I love it so much that it receives the title of “My favorite movie of all time!” ?

  • I have always loved the story of Peter Pan from a child. The idea of never having to grow up and being able to enjoy adventure always is exciting!
  • Who doesn’t want to be able to fly?
  • Hook has an amazing angle on the story by allowing a grown up to be able to experience it once again. (There can always be second chances!).
  • Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman gave some of the best performances of their entire careers respectively.
  • The boyhood gang style of the film that was so prevalent in the 80s and 90s always makes a great connection with audiences (The Sandlot, Little Rascals, The Goonies, Stand By Me, Little Giants, etc). 
  • Plus! The FANTASTIC musical score composed by the one and only John Williams. It is so masterful and appropriate that instantly transports you into the world of Neverland and Peter Pan!

Two of my favorite scenes of the film: 😀



Enjoy some great “Did you know?” facts from imdb about HOOK:

  • Dustin Hoffman’s three children make appearances in the movie. His youngest son, Max Hoffman plays 5 year-old Peter Pan. His daughter, Rebecca Hoffman plays Jane in the play at the beginning of the movie, and his oldest son, Jake Hoffman plays a little league player in Jack’s baseball game.
  • The kissing couple who begin to float when some fairy dust lands on them are actually George Lucas and Carrie Fisher in a cameo.
  • One of the pirates who attempts to steal Peter’s shoes when he first arrives in Neverland is played by singer Jimmy Buffett.
  • Steven Spielberg admitted to being disappointed with final result of the movie.
  • Kevin Kline was originally set to play Peter Pan, but had to drop out of the film because of Soapdish which was having major re-shoots, re-writes and taking much longer than expected to complete shooting. Tom Hanks was also considered for the role.
  • Julia Roberts was nicknamed “Tinkerhell” because she was difficult to deal with.
  • David Bowie turned down the role of Captain James Hook.
  • After Peter Pan finds his kids kidnapped he is talking with the inspectors, the main inspector is Phil Collins.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow’s second film. She appears briefly, as the teen-aged Wendy during the quick sequence as Wendy is growing up.
  • The pirate shut in the chest with the scorpion was played by Glenn Close.

Bet you didn’t know all that! did you?!

Due to the YouTube user’s request to not allow embedding, I couldn’t post it, but this behind-the-scenes featurette is absolutely worth watching if you love HOOK!: HERE

Happy Hook Day today on the 20th anniversary of the release of my favorite movie of all time! HOOK! Can you believe it’s been 20 years?! In the words of Captain James Hook: “Good Form!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!


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18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 9:11 am


    Hook, huh?

    Well, I’ll spare you my “cynicism”. LOL 😀 And just say I dont remember it as fondly, and perhaps I should give it another shot. I’ve only seen it once, I believe. When it first came out.


    • December 12, 2011 6:40 am

      haha! I hope you get a chance to watch it again! I truly love the film and can watch it anytime!

      How was your weekend?


  2. December 11, 2011 9:36 am

    Y’know I think I saw this a while back but can’t remember a darn thing about this.


    • December 12, 2011 6:41 am

      Whaat?? You must watch it Ruth! Watch it soon! It’s even available to stream on Netflix currently!


  3. December 11, 2011 10:23 am

    They just don’t make kid films like they used to. Today, they are too busy it seems, in trying to make kids ‘grow up’ too fast. I remember seeing this film when I was 10 or 11…I think I was maybe 5 when this film came out? I enjoyed the film. I think every kid wanted to go to Neverland. Who wouldn’t want to fly around with Peter Pan!


    • December 12, 2011 6:42 am

      You said it very well Aidy!! They just dont make kid films like they used to!! I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for your comment!


  4. December 12, 2011 1:46 am

    Happy Hook Day T!!!

    LOL that just makes me feel REALLY old!! 🙂


    • December 12, 2011 6:45 am

      haha. Happy Hook Day to you too! Man, I love Hook! Makes you feel old? hahaha. sorry about that. I guess it makes me feel that way too! We should move to Neverland and never grow up! LOL


  5. December 12, 2011 2:00 pm

    It’s been out 20 years?! Wow! I love this film, and it’s definitely time for a rewatch.

    Great post, T. I like how you’ve set it out. This, along with Mrs Doubtfire, are possible two of my favourite Robin Williams.


    • December 13, 2011 12:09 pm

      Watch it again soon! 🙂

      Mrs. Doubtfire is a classic! Thank you for your kind words.


  6. June 12, 2012 4:38 am

    I can’t help but watch this when it’s on TV. Which is a LOT these days.

    It’s such a charming little film. It hasn’t aged well mind. But, it’s fun. I remember seeing this in the cinema! It might have been my first ever Peter Pan film.

    Tinkerhell totally cracked me up!


    • June 13, 2012 10:38 am

      HOOK is the BEST! I have a general rule of not watching a movie on tv if I already own the dvd, but HOOK is the exception to the rule. I love it so much


  7. Trevor permalink
    June 12, 2012 6:44 am

    As far as I’m concerned, there is only one Peter Pan movie and it’s this one.

    Saw it in the theaters when it came out. Had it on VHS. Watch it every time it’s on TV and have made my kids watch it with me.

    Awesome movie.

    Also, David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young) is in the movie as a pirate.


    • June 13, 2012 10:21 am

      Points for you Trevor! This IS the Peter Pan movie.

      When I have kids, I fully intend to watch it with them as well.

      Oh, and I forgot about David Crosby. Thanks for mentioning him.


  8. asrap virtuoso permalink
    June 18, 2012 12:40 am

    Kinda forgotten about this film, but you’re right this is a very enjoyable flick. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes link too, I love these things.


    • June 19, 2012 7:02 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.



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