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Castaway (1986)

Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irvine takes a chance on contacting him and ... See full summary »

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Middle-aged Gerald Kingsland advertises in a London paper for a female companion to spend a year with him on a desert island. The young Lucy Irvine takes a chance on contacting him and after a couple of meetings they decide to go ahead. Once on the island things prove a lot less idyllic than in the movies, and gradually it becomes clear that it is Lucy who has the desire and the strength to try and see the year through. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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11 September 1987 (USA)  »

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$483,460 (USA)
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Actor Richard Johnson a producer on the film actually appears uncredited as Oliver Reed's close friend and attorney. See more »

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Gerald Kingsland: I believe in our future here.
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Features The Pumpkin Eater (1964) See more »

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IN TANGIER DOWN A WINDY STREET
By David Mills
Performed by Herbie Mann
From the album "Stone Flute"
Published by Donovan (Music) Ltd.
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Inflated with ornamental pomposity...typical Nicolas Roeg, in other words
8 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Island travelogue and would-be 'uninhibited' male-female relations get sprinkled with psychosexual melodrama here, as only filmmaker Nicolas Roeg could present it. An older Londoner (Oliver Reed) advertises for a female companion to spend a year with him on a deserted island; Amanda Donohoe answers--she's the kind of gal who whips off all her clothes the minute the boat docks. Based on Lucy Irvine's book, one gets the sense this plot could be more a fantasy for women than for men--after all, the headstrong lady seems to call most of the shots, while Reed does the deep contemplating (with most of his clothes on!). The initial set up of the story is fun, but once the couple gets to the island, the script becomes non-existent. Director Nicolas Roeg isn't interested in lush, romantic tiptoeing through the flora and fauna (and he probably didn't see "The Blue Lagoon" anyway), yet one cannot help but imagining these two as older Blue Lagooners for a more cynical age, caught up in a messy combination between that scenario and the more political "Swept Away". Alas, this "Castaway" seems made up of leftover parts. *1/2 from ****


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