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Cast Away

Cast Away

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Robert Zemeckis, Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth


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An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his troubleshooting job. His girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) is often neglected by his dedication to work, and his compulsive personality


An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his troubleshooting job. His girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) is often neglected by his dedication to work, and his compulsive personality suggests a conflicted man. But on Christmas Eve, Chuck proposes marriage to Kelly right before embarking on a large assignment. On the assignment, a plane crash strands Chuck on a remote island, and his fast-paced life is slowed to a crawl, as he is miles removed from any human contact. Finding solace only in a volleyball that he befriends, Chuck must now learn to endure the emotional and physical stress of his new life, unsure of when he may return to the civilization he knew before. Cast Away reunites star Hanks with director Robert Zemeckis, their first film together since 1994's Oscar-winning Forrest Gump.

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Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
By updating Robinson Crusoe for contemporary audiences, director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and megastar Tom Hanks created one of the more unusual and engrossing Hollywood movies to wash up on the big screen in quite a while. Hanks plays Chuck Noland, a workaholic Federal Express engineer whose plane goes down over the South Seas, leaving him stranded alone on the proverbial desert island for four years -- a cruelly ironic fate for a man obsessed with time to the point of compulsion. For the better part of Cast Away, we watch as Hanks figures out how to stay alive using the meager resources available to him -- including the contents of the FedEx packages that wash ashore from his wreck -- and his rudimentary progress makes for entertainment as involving as any effects-laden blockbuster. There is suspense in anticipating how he will solve the problems that confront him: opening a coconut, collecting drinking water, and most daunting of all, making fire. Cast Away, like its hero, only comes alive when stripped of the trappings of civilization. Everything leading up to and following Noland's stay on the island -- even the extended and terrifying plane crash -- feel beside the point. There is more genuine pathos in his final scene with the anthropomorphized volleyball that becomes his cherished companion than there is in any of the teary-eyed exchanges with girlfriend Helen Hunt. Although the movie is overly freighted with allegorical and spiritual significance, the scenes on the island work because they hark back to primal pleasures of earliest cinema, when audiences were spellbound simply by the sight of a human being on the screen going through the basic routines of existence.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
The reunion of the Oscar-winning actor-director team behind Forrest Gump (1994) results in another excellent drama, and one that's far less cloying and more mature than the duo's previous film. Although hailed by critics for gaining and then losing an enormous amount of weight for his role, the more subtly compelling half of Tom Hanks' laudable performance is not his physical transformation. The actor's commitment to crafting an autocratic, obsessive character is a singularly surprising one, given modern-day stars' strong proclivity for playing only heroic, noble leads. The taut script from William Broyles is top-notch, with a flawless traditional structure, an inventive supporting "character" and an ending that, while leaving some audience members dissatisfied, is a realistic and intelligently wrought finale that doesn't cop out with the typically delusional, lame-brained, upbeat conclusion. The director's creative choices, ranging from the staging of a gripping airplane crash to an hour of screen time with no musical score, put Zemeckis back on track as one of the cinema's most talented mainstream talents after some phoned-in hackwork on What Lies Beneath (2000). One of the year's best films, Cast Away represents several of Hollywood's top artists at the peak of their careers.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwartzbaum
Hanks towers as a near naked, near biblical man. Zemeckis tells his story -- the screenplay is by William Broyles -- with a control magnificent in what isn't shown as much as in what is.

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Special Features

Commentary by Robert Zemeckis and crew; The Charlie Rose Show interview with Tom Hanks; Wilson: The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra featurette; The Island featurette; Special effects vignettes; S.T.O.P.: Surviving As a Castaway survivalists documentary; HBO First Look documentary; Storyboard-to-film comparison; Concept art gallery; Theatrical trailers and tv spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Chuck Noland
Helen Hunt Kelly Frears
Chris Noth Jerry Lovett
Nick Searcy Stan
Lari White Bettina Peterson
Michael Forest Pilot Jack
Viveka Davis Pilot Gwen

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Steven J. Boyd Associate Producer
Joan Bradshaw Executive Producer
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
William Broyles Screenwriter
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Victoria Burrows Casting
Rick Carter Production Designer
Alan B. Curtiss Asst. Director
Stefan Dechant Art Director
Tom Hanks Producer
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound Mixer
Elizabeth Lapp Art Director
Josh McLaglen Asst. Director
Karen O'Hara Set Decoration/Design
Jack Rapke Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Producer
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cast Away
1. Main Titles [1:52]
2. The FedEx Way [6:46]
3. A Message for Kelly [3:45]
4. Home for Christmas [5:17]
5. Presents & Promises [3:02]
6. Turbulence [1:56]
7. Mayday! [3:05]
8. The Crash [5:25]
9. Washed AShore [:25]
10. Totally Alone [4:01]
11. The Coconut Problem [:16]
12. The Island [:10]
13. Albert Miller [3:30]
14. A Light in the Distance [2:47]
15. The Storm [4:10]
16. Gifts From FedEx [5:14]
17. To Make Fire [4:39]
18. Wilson [:21]
19. His Own Dentist [4:43]
20. Four Years Later [2:19]
21. The Raft [:39]
22. 30 Feet of Rope [6:22]
23. Escape to the Sea [2:15]
24. Where's Wilson? [4:25]
25. Rescued [1:31]
26. Welcome Home [1:05]
27. Back to Life [:27]
28. The Night Visitor [5:55]
29. The Love of My Life [:38]
30. Adding It Up [6:28]
31. At the Crossroads [:14]
32. End Titles [6:36]


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