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Cast Away (2000)

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A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

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Robert Zemeckis
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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

Memphis-based FedEx operations executive Chuck Noland and grad student Kelly Frears have long dated and lived together, and despite each being the love of the other's life, have not gotten married because of their respective busy schedules, especially Chuck's as he is more often on business trips than he is at home. That marital status changes when on Christmas Day 1995 as Chuck is rushing off to catch yet another FedEx plane for a business trip, he gives Kelly a ring. That flight experiences technical difficulties, and goes down somewhere in the south Pacific. In a life raft, a relatively unharmed Chuck washes up on shore what he will learn is a deserted island, he unaware what has happened to any of his fellow flight mates, or the plane. However several of the packages on board for delivery do wash up on shore with him, those packages which he initially treats with respect. Chuck realizes that his priority is survival - which primarily means food, water, shelter and fire - and ... Written by Huggo

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At the edge of the world, his journey begins.


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

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In this movie, Chuck draws a picture of Kelly on the wall of the cave. In "As Good as It Gets (1997)," Simon Bishop tells Carol Connelly 'You're why cavemen chiseled on walls'. See more »

Goofs

When Chuck pulls Al ashore, he takes Al's shoes off and measures them against his own feet. When Chuck buries Al, the shoes are back on Al's feet. Then when Chuck sits down, Al's shoes are now on Chuck's feet. See more »

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Chuck Noland: You just delivered your very first FedEx package. That deserves something special, like, a Snickers bar and a CD player and something to listen to, a CD. There, Elvis Presley. "50,000,000 Fans Can't Be Wrong."
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits finish, the sound of waves crashing the beach shore can be heard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in RiffTrax: High School Musical (2010) See more »

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Merry Christmas Baby
Written by Johnny Moore and Lou Baxter
Performed by Charles Brown
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Group
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A wonderfully silent drama with Hanks and Wilson spiritually sensational
12 October 2007 | by StampsfightclubSee all my reviews

At the turn of the millennium technology started to get bigger and better. Films were starting to develop in a way that was never predicted, but so did the actors. After watching Robert Zemeckis' Forrest Gump 1994, I thought I had seen a true drama, but that was clearly only the beginning.

Tom Hanks (Big, Forrest Gump) stars in his Oscar nominated performance as Chuck Noland, a Fed Ex executive who is stranded on an isolated island after a thunderous plane crash.

When doing background research on this film, I was surprised to see that Russell Crowe had beaten Hanks to the Oscar in 2001. As good as Crowe was in Gladiator, I personally thought Hanks made the most sensational performance of his career here. Hanks' character Noland is truly remarkable. From being a comfortable and hard working executive at home with his long time girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt), to being an isolated figure in different circumstances. The change in character allows Hanks to express his full acting potential and dive deep within the soul of the character. It is a true battle of human intelligence and human power that Hanks does so well to give and some scenes really got to me, it is such a powerful role and does well to rival his other Oscar wins.

The text's semiotics are remarkably significant. Having left the wreckage of the plane with only a few supplies, Noland builds himself around what he can salvage and none is more recognizable, than Wilson. A silent volleyball, which was encoded into Cast Away so Hank's could use dialogue to express his traumatic emotions.

The plot is made exciting through various scenes. The plane crash is very dramatic and beautifully directed by Zemeckis and scenes shot on the island, when Hanks is alone and wandering what to do are silent and chilling, justifying the drama genre.

The beautiful island is contradicted by the drastic situation, a truly magnificent incentive.

The ending too is wonderful as it paves the way for many possibilities

a spellbinding film


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Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,883,406, 24 December 2000

Gross USA:

$233,632,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$429,632,142
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