What song did Tom Hanks sing to his mother (Mercedes Ruehl) as proof her son was alive in Big (1988)? December 22, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Movies Tom Hanks sang “The Way We Were” to his mother (Mercedes Ruehl) as proof her son was alive in Big (1988). Related PostsWho was Tom Jones’s mother in Henry Fielding’s novel?What gangster movie features the line, “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense”?Who was Mother Nature in the Parkay Margarine campaign, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”?What song introduced each episode of “China Beach” (ABC, 1988-91)?What was Piper Laurie’s last film before her role as Carrie’s insane mother in Carrie (1976)?