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It's not that I can't help honor 'Volunteers' ... It's just I don't want to

We're crazy for John Candy in the '80s, and particularly in 1985, when Candy racked up seven acting credits. Last week, we honored Summer Rental. Today, we mark the 30th anniversary of Volunteers, starring Candy, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Most fans probably know that Volunteers was the movie where Hanks and Wilson fell in love. (Today, they remain one of the few Hollywood marriages that has worked.) Released on Aug. 16, 1985, Volunteers follows the spoiled Yale graduate Lawrence Bourne III (Hanks) as he flees to Thailand with the Peace Corps to escape his gambling debts. There he is teamed with Beth Wexler (Wilson) and Tom Tuttle (Candy) and charged with building a bridge for a village deep in the jungle. Oh sure, there's plenty more, but don't you already know all the details?

Eighties fans may adore the movie, but Volunteers gets a sub-average 58 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Variety's review of the movie summed it up this way: "Toplined Tom Hanks gets in a few good zingers as an upperclass snob doing time in Thailand, but promising premise and opening shortly descend into unduly protracted tedium."

Here are five things you probably didn't know about Volunteers:

1. Hanks and Wilson had already met once before the filming of this movie. The two met in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies, where Wilson was playing Peter Scolari's devil-worshiping girlfriend.

2. Hanks based his character's voice and attitude on actor George Plimpton, who plays his father in the movie.

3. Though set in Thailand, Volunteers was actually shot in Mexico.

4. Volunteers was meant as a spoof of two movies, both by director David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge On The River Kwai. Candy's character Tom Tuttle even says the Alec Guinness line from Kwai: "What have I done?"

5. This would be the second and final movie that Hanks and Candy would appear in, the first being Splash.

Source: IMDB.com

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