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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

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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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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. See more »


When Chuck carves HELP in the sand with his foot, you can see the high tide mark of the sea weed is below the letters and the sand is obviously soft indicating it is above the high tide mark. However, in the next scene when the tide has come in and washed half the letters away the high tide sea weed mark is up above the letters. See more »


Kelly Frears: You said you'd be right back.
Chuck Noland: I'm so sorry.
Kelly Frears: Me too.
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Crazy Credits

Wilson the Volleyball Himself See more »


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Amazing performance shines through
22 December 2000 | by (United States) – 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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