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Cast Away

Character: Chuck Noland
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: William Broyles Jr.
Produced by: Robert Zemeckis, Cherylanne Martin, Jack Rapke, Joan Bradshaw, Steve Starkey
Other cast: Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White, Leonid Citer
Release date: December 22, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Running time: 2h 23min

Obsessively punctual FedEx executive Chuck Noland is en route to an assignment in Malaysia when his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck learns how to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson. Will Chuck ever return to civilization and reunite with his loved ones?

Taglines

→ At the edge of the world, his journey begins.

Trivia

♦ To make himself look like an average out of shape middle aged man Tom Hanks didn’t exercise and allowed himself to grow pudgy. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose fifty pounds and grow out his hair for his time spent on the deserted island.
♦ Actual lines of dialogue were written for Wilson the volleyball, to help Tom Hanks have a more natural interaction with the inanimate object.
♦ Tom Hanks said that the hardest part of losing so much weight was not eating any French fries for a long time, and the thing that helped him the most in this process was drinking a great deal of coffee every morning.
♦ Almost fifteen years after the film’s release, Tom Hanks jokingly “reunited” with Wilson the volleyball at a New York Rangers hockey game.
♦ Tom Hanks said he first got the idea for the film after reading an article about FedEx. “I realized that 747s filled with packages fly across the Pacific three times a day. What happens if one of those goes down?,” he said. He took that idea and combined it with his interest in how to survive without the five required elements for living – food, water, shelter, fire, and companionship.
♦ Tom Hanks said one of the reasons he wanted to make the film was to reinvent the “stuck on a desert island” concept. He felt that up to that point, most people’s association of the idea was limited to either “Robinson Crusoe” or “Gilligan’s Island” and that there was room for a new take, one rooted in the modern day.

Character’s Quotes

• We both had done the math. Kelly added it all up and… knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had… lost her. ‘cos I was never gonna get off that island. I was gonna die there, totally alone. I was gonna get sick, or get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how, and where it was going to happen. So… I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course. You know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so I-I – , I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over *nothing*. And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?
• We live and we die by time, and we must not commit the sin of turning our back on time.
• We might just make it. Did that thought ever cross your brain? Well, regardless, I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean than to stay here and die on this shithole island, spending the rest of my life talking… TO A GODDAMN VOLLEYBALL!
• 87 hours is an eternity. The cosmos was created in less time.