Tom Hanks Archives
The Polar Express

Character: Hero Boy / Father / Conductor / Hobo / Scrooge / Santa Claus
Created by: Chris Van Allsburg (based on)
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles, Jr.
Produced by: Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Gary Goetzman, William Teitler
Other cast: Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Michael Jeter, Eddie Deezen
Release date: November 10, 2004
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Running time: 1h 40min

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.


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Character’s Quotes

The Conductor
• Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.
• The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on.
• Well, considering that we have lost communication with the engineer, and are standing totally exposed on the front of the locomotive, and the train seems to be accelerating, uncontrollably, not to mention that we are headed to Glacier Gulch, which just happens to be the steepest downhill grade in the world, I suggest we all hold on… TIGHTLY!
Hero Boy
• At one time most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.
Santa Claus
• There’s no greater gift than friendship.
• This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas – as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.
• But you don’t want to be bamboozled. You don’t want to be led down the primrose path! You don’t want to be conned or duped. Have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked! You don’t want to be taken for a ride. Railroaded!
• Seeing is believing. Am I right?