Cinema: Up-Country Without a Paddle Volunteers

Directed by Nicholas Meyer; Screenplay by Ken Levine and David Isaacs

"It's not that I can't help these people," says Lawrence Bourne III as he steps off the plane in sunny Thailand one day in 1962. "It's just that I don't want to."

Lawrence (Tom Hanks) can perhaps be excused his momentary petulance. After all, he has been forced to borrow his roommate's identity and Peace Corps credentials and flee Far Eastward to escape gambling debts on the very night of his Yale graduation. Why, he is still wearing his dinner jacket. His first seatmate on the flight has been "Tom Tuttle from Tacoma" (John Candy), who reads books about maximizing his...

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