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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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Robert Zemeckis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Chuck Noland
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
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

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.


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Náufrago See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The license plate on Chuck's car reads: KAZ 2AY. Which when sounded out phonetically sounds like "Cast Away" See more »

Goofs

When Chuck is boarding the airplane after kissing Kelly goodbye, the aircraft's tail fin has no engine mounted to it. This proves that the airplane used in this shot was not an MD-11, which was used as the model for the cockpit scenes later in the movie. MD11s have an engine mounted on the tail fin, three thrust levers between the pilots, and 6 digital cockpit screens. See more »

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[Chuck talks to Wilson, the volleyball]
Chuck Noland: Hey, you want to hear something funny? My dentist's name is James Spalding.
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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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