Hook (1991): Spielberg Peter Pan Version

TriStar Pictures

Steven Spielberg adapted J. M. Barrie’s famous fable of “Peter Pan” through a distinctly modern but disappointing sensibility, resulting in a charmless picture (and one of the director’s artistically weak films).

In this version, Peter Pan is Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a middle-age lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, constantly on his cellular phone.

Banning has lost memory of being Peter Pan, and he is also in danger of losing his wife Moira (Caroline Goodall) and two children, Jack (Charlie Korsmo) and Maggie (Amber Scott) due to neglect.

Peter and his family travel to London to visit Granny Wendy (Maggie Smith) who recalls Peter’s lost youth. Peter’s children are asleep in the same bedroom where the original story began.

When Peter goes into the room, he finds a note from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) that he had kidnapped his children. Granny Wendy tells him who he really is and encourages him to reclaim his happy past.

Transforming himself into Peter Pan, he sets out to rescue his children. In the process, friendship with Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) helps him to recall the birth of his children and rescue them.

Despite mixed to negative reviews, which criticizes the production for being overwrought, the movie was a box-office hit.


Running time: 126 minutes.

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Written by James V. Hart, Nick Castle Jr., Malia Scotch Marmo

Released December 11, 1991 Wide

DVD: March 21, 2000


Robin Williams as Peter Banning/Peter Pan

Dustin Hoffman Captain James Hook

Julia Roberts Tinkerbell

Bob Hoskins Smee

Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling

Caroline Goodall as Moira Banning


Oscar Nominations: 5

Art Direction-Set Decoration (Color): Norman Garwood; Garrett Lewis

Song: “When You’re Alone,” music by John Williams, lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

Costume Design: Anthony Powell

Makeup: Christina Smith, Monty Westmore, and Greg Cannom

Visual Effects: Eric Brevig, Harley Jessup, Mark Sullivan, Michael Lantieri


Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

Bugsy won the Oscars for Art Direction and Costumes.  The Song Oscar went to Alan Menken and Howard Ashman for Beauty and the Beast.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day won the Oscars for MakeUp and Special Effects.