Cast Away

December 22nd, 2000


Cast Away

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A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.5/10 (158,345 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Stars: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez

After FedEx systems engineer Chuck Noland is ripped out of his hasty life by the clock in a plane crash, he finds himself alone on the shores of a tropical island. First, frustration gets to him and then he realizes how little his chances are to ever get back to civilization. Four years later, Chuck has learned very well how to survive on his own: mending his dental health, catching fish with a spear, predicting the weather with a self-made calendar. A photograph of his girlfriend Kelly has kept his hopes alive all these years. Finally, Chuck takes the opportunity to take off for home: He sets off on a wooden raft with a sail that has washed ashore.

Paul Sanchez - Ramon
Lari White - Bettina Peterson
Leonid Citer - Fyodor
David Allen Brooks - Dick Peterson
Jelena Papovic - Beautiful Russian Woman (as Yelena Papovic)
Valentina Ananina - Russian Babushka
Semion Sudarikov - Nicolai
Tom Hanks - Chuck Noland
Peter von Berg - Yuri (as Peter Von Berg)
Dmitri S. Boudrine - Lev
François Duhamel - French FedEx Loader
Michael Forest - Pilot Jack
Viveka Davis - Pilot Gwen
Nick Searcy - Stan
Jae Choe - Memphis State Student (as Jennifer Choe)

Taglines: At the edge of the world, his journey begins.

Release Date: 22 December 2000

Filming Locations: Brownstone Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $39,852,075 (USA) (25 December 2000) (2774 Screens)

Gross: $233,630,478 (USA) (15 July 2001)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Most of the nighttime scenes on the island (except the creation of fire scene) were shot during the daytime. The darkness and night sky effects were added in post-production.

Continuity: When Chuck is boarding the airplane after kissing Kelly goodbye, the aircraft's tail fin has no engine mounted to it. This proves that the airplane used in this shot was not an MD-11, which was used as the model for the cockpit scenes later in the movie. MD11s have an engine mounted on the tail fin, three thrust levers between the pilots, and 6 digital cockpit screens.

Chuck Noland: First thing it's two minutes, then four, then six, then the next thing you know, we're the U.S. mail.

User Review

Applauding the guts

Rating: 9/10

From time to time a group of people with a lot of guts come forward and challenge something, that every average thinking producer would get nightmares to even think about making it.

Fear of failing must come to mind, if the setting says:

- only one actor for 80 min (and one dead body)

- 40 min of it basically limited to: "Hello,.. What's that?.. Albert Miller,.. Over here,.."

- no BGM

- no adrenaline injections with savages, sharks, snakes etc.

- just plain "Life is hard enough as it is."

I loved it for:

- the guts of making it

- the heartbreaking and real-to-life love story

- Tom Hanks' performance

- his companion Wilson

great movie / must see


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