Tom Hanks: A Tribute

Nov 8–14, 2016


Big. 1988. USA. Directed by Penny Marshall. © 20th Century Fox. Courtesy Photofest

Tom Hanks has been an enduring star and a steadfast screen presence for more than 30 years, and The Museum of Modern Art is thrilled to honor him at its ninth annual film benefit on November 15.

Embodying the decent, hardworking American “everyman” since the early days of his career, Hanks is equally capable in screwball comedies, action films, and award-winning dramas. Beyond his many acting accomplishments—including two Academy Awards—he has stepped behind the camera as director and producer of several acclaimed film and television projects. His versatility often leads to comparisons with such screen icons as James Stewart, Cary Grant, and Jack Lemmon. But comparisons aside, Tom Hanks is unquestionably an original, as evidenced by the diversity of his work—a range represented in this small survey of films, which combines selections from MoMA’s collection and some staff favorites.

Organized by the Department of Film.

The exhibition is supported by the Annual Film Fund.


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