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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0024543444190
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:24:00
Sales rank:
8,941

Special Features

Commentary by Robert Zemeckis and crew; Trivia track; Search content; Personal scene selection; Theatrical trailer in high definition

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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

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4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is certainly not boring (as one viewer has noted). If one is expecting explosions, earth-shaking climaxes, alien lifeforms, or protracted romance this is not the movie to watch. Castaway demands attention--something most people can't spare today. It deals with man in isolation, in timelessness--the exact same kind of isolation/timelessness the previous review couldn't take. It moves a man to an island and strips him of all his stuff, all his companions, and sees what he becomes. The interesting part of this movie is the situation and the result it has on the main character, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks). It definitley tends toward the existential, culminating in the final scene where Noland (note the play on the name) stands at a literal crossroads after having lost everything. The acting is very well done; the direction and cinematography are wonderful. Even the quiet sound editing is artfuly reflective of the isolation of the main character. This is a movie for thoughtful audiences, not people who are looking for Tom Hanks tames the wild jungle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very heart warming,TOM HANKS is the best actor of all time.....
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing movie, just as we have come to expect from anything with the name Tom Hanks in the credits. Definitely an Oscar worthy preformance, he shows that you don't necessarily need a large cast, or even other characters for that matter, to make great movie. He is the only character on screen for at least 3/4 of the film, yet the acting and storyline is so good that I never became bored with the monotony. How original! Unlike any movie I have ever seen. This is great drama that deals with one man's struggle against nature to make it off the island, but also his ethical struggles when he returns home and tries to re-establish the relationship he had after being gone for so long. An excellent movie that not only shows the virtue of self-reliance, but also how much we need and depend on others. Top notch flick... wouldn't change a thing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cast Away is another of many many Tom Hanks classics. Then again isn't that to be expected from Hanks. This movie proves Tom Hanks doesn't need to have another actor with him throughout a movie. Throughout this fantasic movie, Hanks proves to be entertaining and joyous to watch from the beginning. I can't say anything bad about this movie. It is fantasic and any true movie fan would love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have friends who say this movie made them fall asleep, there wasn't enough action, blood or gore to keep them entertained. However, those same friends thought ''Dumb and Dumber'' was a comedic masterpiece. So, despite the dismal review, I trudged to the theater by myself, to see it for myself. I connected to this film on a very deep level, as I'm sure most people did. The whole concept of ''Wilson'' breaks your heart throughout the entire movie. The character Tom Hanks plays is forced to re-evaluate his life, his situation, his past mistakes, and how to deal with the future...it's like a 5 year, mid-life crisis spent in total solitude...(I wished I was on that island by myself at one point)...only it leaves you feeling an immense strength of the human spirit, determination, conviction, integrity...man vs. man, man vs. nature, man vs. himself...things that most intelligent GOOD films provide to audiences who do not NEED a lot of action, blood, gore, or lewd language to enjoy. This movie makes you THINK, and if more people felt the same way, maybe Hollywood would get the clue and start making more films like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
deep, moving, never boring
Guest More than 1 year ago
It made me think about people, when they confront their own internal solitude. They may reach a point of humanizing objects to talk to. Like little children talk to their dolls or stuffed animals. It makes me think of all the cultures that have cast themselves away from GOD and how that attitude has made them create their own idols for the sole purpose of giving love. And we have a tendency to give much time and attention to material things. I often ask people this question: If you were an astronaut stranded on the moon, not being able to talk to anyone, so far away from the earth and the people you know...whom would you talk to? Most of the time people answer without a hint of a doubt: ''WITH GOD.'' That means, earthly distractions somehow separate us from our creator. GOD also wants our love as badly as TOM HANKS wanted it from WILSON. But Wilson drifts away, in the open sea, ignoring how much value TOM had placed on him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie and thought, 'Hey, it might be pretty cool.' Boy was I wrong, this movie is so boring. You just watch a guy survive on an island. My little brother, who was 7 at the time, and who usauly likes movies of the survival genre, fell asleep! That's how boring and pointless it was. I thought the best part was when it was over. I usualy like Tom Hanks' movies, but this one is a total yawn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good things: It was well written, well acted out for the most part, the scenery of the island was realistic, the story was believable The Bad things: No chemistry between Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt, The whole stranded genre is getting old, Tom Hanks didn't do as well as he could have,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie that is more encompassing than just a man who is stranded on an island for four years. It is a heartwarming, yet realistic film full of symbolisms and life lessons. Tom Hanks plays the part of Chuck Noland, a very organized and time oriented and driven individual. He finds himself suddenly jerked out of the safety of his world (quite literally), and thrust into a survival situation when a plane he is traveling on crashes into the ocean and he is washed ashore a remote island. The movie starts with a FedEx truck stopping by a farm house picking up a package to be delivered overseas. The woman in the barn is listening to Elvis Presley when the truck leaves, carrying a box that has an insignia of angelic type wings on it. The package is delivered to her husband who is being unfaithful to her in Russia, and is also where Noland happens to be getting a FedEx warehouse into ship-shape. As you get to know Chuck Noland, you find out he is a big Elvis Presley fan (hmmmm), and though he and his girlfriend (played by Helen Hunt) seem to be deeply in love, he is often taken away due to his busy schedule. When he gives her an engagement ring in the car before his fateful plane leaves, she goes white and confesses to him that she is "terrified". He kisses her, telling her to wait until he returns...taking her gift with him which is a family heirloom pocket watch with her picture inside. He wakes up to some turbulence on the plane later, and as he is in the bathroom taking a bandaid off of his thumb, the plane suddenly starts careening down to the water. After a harrowing plane crash in the water which he is able to survive, he wakes up the next morning on a beach, finding FedEx packages washing up as well. In some of these packages, he finds means to live (for example: Ice Skates he uses as axes, video tape which he uses as rope, and a Wilson volleyball which he befriends and actually carries on conversations with to help him keep his sanity). One package he does not open, and it is a package with the same angelic wings insignia we saw at the beginning of the movie. After he finds out that he is indeed on an island, he learns how to keep track of time, gather fresh water, find food to eat, and make fire. After 4 years, he finally has all the items he needs to build a raft, and he leaves the island for good. After being discovered by a ship, he is reunited with his friends and co-workers and finds out that his girlfriend has married someone else. He is finally reunited with her, and he finds she is happily married, with a daughter, a home and a new life. On impulse as he is leaving she runs out to him and after they kiss, she gets into the car with him. As he goes to shift the car into Drive, she stops him...and he realizes that he has indeed lost her, because she wants to go home. He is next seen talking to his friend in which he explains that while he was on the island, she was there with him...and he knew that he had to keep breathing and keep hoping because he never knew what the tide would bring into the shore. And now, he is having to do that again, having lost her for the 2nd time. He needs to keep breathing, keep hoping, because he does not know what the tide will bring each day. But the tide did bring him something, literally, while he was on the island. The one box he did not open, he goes to deliver, and finds the farm that the movie opened with, with nobody home. He leaves the box inside the front porch door with a note "This package saved my life". As he returns back to the main crossroads, he stops, gets out and looks at a map. A beautiful redheaded country woman pulls up in an old pickup truck and asks him if he need directions. After a few minutes of talking, she wishes him luck, jumps back into the truck and drives down the road towards the farm. Noland notices on the tailgate of the truck is the angelic wing insignia. He walks out into the middle of
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful movie that is more encompassing than just a man who is stranded on an island for four years. It is a heartwarming, yet realistic film full of symbolisms and life lessons. Tom Hanks plays the part of Chuck Noland, a very organized and time oriented and driven individual. He finds himself suddenly jerked out of the safety of his world (quite literally), and thrust into a survival situation when a plane he is traveling on crashes into the ocean and he is washed ashore a remote island. The movie starts with a FedEx truck stopping by a farm house picking up a package to be delivered overseas. The woman in the barn is listening to Elvis Presley when the truck leaves, carrying a box that has an insignia of angelic type wings on it. The package is delivered to her husband who is being unfaithful to her in Russia, and is also where Noland happens to be getting a FedEx warehouse into ship-shape. As you get to know Chuck Noland, you find out he is a big Elvis Presley fan (hmmmm), and though he and his girlfriend (played by Helen Hunt) seem to be deeply in love, he is often taken away due to his busy schedule. When he gives her an engagement ring in the car before his fateful plane leaves, she goes white and confesses to him that she is "terrified". He kisses her, telling her to wait until he returns...taking her gift with him which is a family heirloom pocket watch with her picture inside. He wakes up to some turbulence on the plane later, and as he is in the bathroom taking a bandaid off of his thumb, the plane suddenly starts careening down to the water. After a harrowing plane crash in the water which he is able to survive, he wakes up the next morning on a beach, finding FedEx packages washing up as well. In some of these packages, he finds means to live (for example: Ice Skates he uses as axes, video tape which he uses as rope, and a Wilson volleyball which he befriends and actually carries on conversations with to help him keep his sanity). One package he does not open, and it is a package with the same angelic wings insignia we saw at the beginning of the movie. After he finds out that he is indeed on an island, he learns how to keep track of time, gather fresh water, find food to eat, and make fire. After 4 years, he finally has all the items he needs to build a raft, and he leaves the island for good. After being discovered by a ship, he is reunited with his friends and co-workers and finds out that his girlfriend has married someone else. He is finally reunited with her, and he finds she is happily married, with a daughter, a home and a new life. On impulse as he is leaving she runs out to him and after they kiss, she gets into the car with him. As he goes to shift the car into Drive, she stops him...and he realizes that he has indeed lost her, because she wants to go home. He is next seen talking to his friend in which he explains that while he was on the island, she was there with him...and he knew that he had to keep breathing and keep hoping because he never knew what the tide would bring into the shore. And now, he is having to do that again, having lost her for the 2nd time. He needs to keep breathing, keep hoping, because he does not know what the tide will bring each day. But the tide did bring him something, literally, while he was on the island. The one box he did not open, he goes to deliver, and finds the farm that the movie opened with, with nobody home. He leaves the box inside the front porch door with a note "This package saved my life". As he returns back to the main crossroads, he stops, gets out and looks at a map. A beautiful redheaded country woman pulls up in an old pickup truck and asks him if he need directions. After a few minutes of talking, she wishes him luck, jumps back into the truck and drives down the road towards the farm. Noland notices on the tailgate of the truck is the angelic wing insignia. He walks out into the middle of the crossroads looking in eac
Guest More than 1 year ago
i luved cast away sooooo much. it's really a good way to show how good people have it these days when they want so much. tom hanks was a really clever character, and was able to handle being castaway for so long all by himself. this movie helped me alot in a way, and i'm glad i saw it, because now i know how you should always be careful, and cherish everything because you could soon lose it. but tom hanks (or chuck in the movie) was lucky to be able to get back home, and he was able to do it because he was determined and had alot of wit.
HueyTX More than 1 year ago
Excellent acting. This is a movie to keep.
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