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World War II Naval Drama 'Greyhound' Charts A Trim, Efficient Course

Tom Hanks stars in, and wrote the screenplay for, this familiar but effective tale of a Navy captain leading a convoy of merchants ships through U-boat-infested seas.
Captain Krause (Tom Hanks) looks astern in Greyhound. Source: Apple TV+

Tom Hanks' screen persona is ...

One is tempted to reach for the word here, but that doesn't quite pin it down. He's not America's Uncle, after all, he's America's Dad. But doesn't get you there, either, as that word has taken on an oppressive, exclusionary patina, which are two qualities that couldn't stick to Hanks in a million years, onscreen or off. The guy's a dependably empathetic, inviting presence, even when he's playing someone as inscrutable as Fred Rogers () or as gruff-but-lovable as Jimmy Dugan ().

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