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Cast Away (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  22 December 2000 (USA)
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A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.


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A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive. Written by Amthermandes

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


At the edge of the world, his journey begins.


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense action sequences and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Náufrago  »

Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,852,075 (USA) (22 December 2000)


$233,630,478 (USA) (13 July 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some crew members were left on the island for a few days to survive and learn some skills. They used some of their survival techniques in the movie for the character of Chuck. They were: having trouble lighting a fire, opening a coconut, talking to a volleyball, collecting packages washed up on the beach, and catching fish. See more »


Early on in his ordeal and early in the morning when Chuck sights a light off on the horizon, as he is prepping to paddle out to the ship which he assumes is there, you can see the rising sun in the same direction off to the left of the light. However, as he starts his short ill fated journey towards that ship's light, the sun is behind him. See more »


Chuck Noland: Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on.
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Applauding the guts
27 September 2001 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

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


  • 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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