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Cast Away (2000)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Peterson
Yelena Popovic ...
Beautiful Russian Woman (as Yelena Papovic)
Valentina Ananina ...
Russian Babushka
Semion Sudarikov ...
François Duhamel ...
French FedEx Loader
Pilot Jack
Pilot Gwen
Memphis State Student


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

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At the edge of the world, his journey begins.

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 USA:

$28,883,406, 24 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$233,632,142, 22 July 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$429,632,142, 22 July 2001
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Did You Know?


Although the roads Bettina identifies for Chuck at the end are fictitious, her descriptions of where they go essentially are real. The intersection is where FM 1268 meets FM 48 and County Road 5, about 10 miles northwest of Briscoe, Texas, in the northeastern panhandle. You can see clearly in the scene where the smoother, paved, state-maintained FM 48 becomes the dustier, gravelly CR 5 at that intersection. Chuck drove north on CR 5 to get to Bettina's ranch, and the last scene has him coming back southbound on CR 5 and parked at the intersection, facing south. Bettina comes in eastbound (from the west) and turns left (northbound) onto CR 5 where she stops and talks with Chuck. When she points out "83 South", while the real U.S. 83 runs about five miles east of this intersection, she really is pointing south at FM 48, from which U.S. 83 can be accessed within 10 minutes. Although it's unclear to where she's referring, when she says "and this road here will hook you up to I-40 East," since she's off camera, by process of elimination (she describes on camera the other three directions) she's likely pointing at eastbound FM 1268. Although in reality, I-40 runs about 25 miles south of this intersection, if you did go east the way Bettina suggested, I-40 does take a northeast turn towards Oklahoma, and you could eventually meet up with it after approximately eighty miles by going due east, so it's not altogether inaccurate. Bettina really did point west when talking about getting to "Amarillo, Flagstaff, and California", and indeed Chuck could have "turned right" and headed west on FM 1268 towards those locations. And finally, her "whole lot of nothin' all the way to Canada" is essentially true, as CR 5 runs north and eventually connects with one of several U.S. routes that go up the Great Plains, mostly through small towns, all the way to the Canadian border if desired. If Chuck made his trip now (2017), he would see several giant wind turbines on both sides of CR 5 at this intersection, which would tower over them in the frames of the last scene. See more »


When Chuck is on the island opening the packages, when he opens the ice skates, you can clearly see the boom mic and operator in the reflection of the skate. See more »


Chuck Noland: [reading from a birthday card] The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.
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Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (uncredited)
Performed by Vince Guaraldi
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Amazing performance shines through
22 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Robert Zemeckis has his 4th best film here (behind Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future) with Cast Away. Sure it might be overhyped and some characters in the film aren't needed (not to mention it depends on the liking of the lead), but when you have Tom Hanks working harder than any actor in a movie this year, it is worth it.

The story follows Hanks as a dedicated fed-ex deliverer who has a fiance (Helen Hunt) and has to leave her Christmas time to go to Asia, but alas, the plane he's on crashes in the water and, dare I say more (well I can because practically everyone saw the all-revealing trailers)? Well, Hanks arrives on a deserted island and then the real fun begins as he survives in a primitive way (probably remenicent of 2001, Hanks' favorite film), and even finds a silent companion named Wilson (a volleyball). That Hanks can communicate with this volleyball, and almost make the ball as a real person with real feelings that is almost like the Silent Bob to his Jay, is one of the films triumphs. The others of course being the whole lot of him on the island and Hanks' performance. If it was someone else, it would not be as successful, but Hanks gives his all and (as usual) pulls through 5 fold delivering one of the years and his best performances. A-

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