Oh, I hate being disappointed, Smee. And I hate living in this flawed body. And I hate living in Neverland. And I hate... I hate... I HATE PETER PAN!
~ Hook.

Captain James Hook is the titular main antagonist in the 1991 film Hook. He is seeks revenge on Peter Banning (also known as adult Peter Pan) by kidnapping his kids, and eventually attempts to get his kids to like him.

He was portrayed by Dustin Hoffman, who also played Mumbles in Dick Tracy.



Years ago Peter Pan cut off Hook's left hand, and fed it to a crocodile. After which, Hook replaced his missing hand with a hook. All the time Peter Pan had been humiliating Hook for a long time. Since then Hook has been seeking revenge on Peter Pan. The two have been battling each other for a long time, until one day Peter decided to stay and marry Wendy's granddaughter; Moira so he could be a father. During that time, Hook managed to kill the crocodile and turned it into a clock that doesn't making a ticking sound. However he still remained terrified whenever he heard a clock ticking and smashed every ticking clock he saw. He also found Pan's home and burned it when he didn't return to Neverland.

Hook eventually found out what happened to Peter Pan, and that he was all grown up, was married and was a father of two. So he decided to exact his revenge on Pan.

Kidnapping Peter's Kids

While Peter's family is visiting his wife's grandmother Wendy, in London, Hook arrived in the middle of the night and kidnaps Jack and Maggie, Pan's kids. However, by this time, Peter, now known as Peter Banning, had forgotten about his previous life in Neverland. With the help of Tinkerbell, Peter arrived in Neverland. Eventually Peter, disguised as a pirate, came across Hook. Hook gloated to his crew that he was the one who kidnapped Peter Pan's kids, and tossed one of his crew into a torture devise known as the Boo Box for doubting that Hook could kidnap the kids.

However, Peter blew his cover and told Hook that those were his kids. Hook was surprised that the person he was talking to was Peter Pan. He decided to let Peter's kids go, if Peter could touch both of his kids' hands. Hook was hoping that Peter would fly to rescue his kids, but after witnessing Peter climbing to try to reach for his kids, Hook realizes that Peter had forgotten that he was Peter Pan. So Hook decided to cancel the war between each other and was about to kill the three.

However, Tinkerbell showed up and managed to convince Hook that if he gave her three days, both she and The Lost Boys could put him back into shape and he could have their war. Hook accepted her offer, but not before forcing Peter to walk the plank. While Peter was training for the next three days so he could defeat Hook, Hook was trying to influences both Jack and Maggie to turn against Peter Pan. Maggie was able to ignore Hook, but Jack ended up being persuaded by Hook, and eventually joined Hook's crew.


~ Last words before Hook's "demise"
When Peter returns to challenge Hook though, Jack reverses his decision to join the pirates. During the war between Hook's Crew and the Lost Boys, Hook confronted Rufio in sword combat, and ended up killing him. After witnessing Hook murdering Rufio, Peter Pan confronted Hook in a one-on-one fight. In the end, Peter is victorious but at the request of his children saying that Hook is only a spiteful man without parents who can no longer hurt them, spares the captain's life, and simply tells him to leave Neverland and never return.

Unfortunately Hook does not redeem himself and grabs an off guard Peter, while saying "Fool. James Hook is Neverland".  

Hook prepares to kill Peter with his infamous hook, but TinkerBell intervenes and Hook ends up stabbing the huge crocodile (now turned into a clocktower), apparently bringing it back to life. And in a rather dramatic fashion, it falls over a terrified Hook, and eats him for good.  Peter Pan and the lost boys are victorious and the ultimate war is officially over. Peter went home to his kids in London and leaves Thud in charge of the lost boys.  


What would the world be like without Captain Hook?
~ Captain Hook
He'll crow, he'll fight, he'll fly and then he'll die!
~ Hook plotting to murder Peter
Peter, I swear to you, wherever you go, wherever you are, I vow they'll always be daggers bearing notes signed James Hook. They will be flung at the doors of your children's children's children. Do you hear me?
~ Hook threatening never to leave Peter alone unless he fights him
Peter: What do you want old man?
Hook: [Hook points at Peter with his hook] Just you.
~ Hook demanding to face Peter
Hook: Prepare to die, Peter!
Peter: To die would be a great adventure.
Hook: Death is the only adventure you have left!
~ Hook and Peter preparing to fight
Whenever children read, it will say: "Thus perished Peter Pan!"
~ Captain Hook about to kill Peter Pan





  • This version of Hook was the hardest to portray because it attempted to portray an older Hook to cross with an older Peter Pan.
  • Dustin Hoffman's performance as Captain Hook is considered the best portrayal of the character, second to or rivalling that of Jason Isaacs.
  • Dustin Hoffman's acclaimed performance as Hook is tied with the late Robin Williams' performance as Peter is considered two of the best qualities of the film.
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