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Cast Away (2000)



Critic Consensus: Flawed but fascinating, Cast Away offers an intelligent script, some of Robert Zemeckis' most mature directing, and a showcase performance from Tom Hanks.

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An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his troubleshooting job. His girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) is often neglected by his dedication to work, and his compulsive personality suggests a conflicted man. But on Christmas Eve, Chuck proposes marriage to Kelly right before embarking on a large assignment. On the assignment, a plane crash strands Chuck on a remote island, and his fast-paced life is slowed to a crawl, as he is miles removed from any human contact. Finding solace only in a volleyball that he befriends, Chuck must now learn to endure the emotional and physical stress of his new life, unsure of when he may return to the civilization he knew before. Cast Away reunites star Hanks with director Robert Zemeckis, their first film together since 1994's Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

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Tom Hanks
as Chuck Noland
Helen Hunt
as Kelly Frears
Lari White
as Bettina Peterson
Geoffrey Blake
as Maynard Graham
Jenifer Lewis
as Becca Twig
David Allen Brooks
as Dick Peterson
Nan Martin
as Kelly's Mother
Anne Bellamy
as Anne Larson
Chris Noth
as Jerry Lovett
Dennis Letts
as Dennis Larson
Wendy Worthington
as Wendy Larson
Skye McKenzie
as Skye Larson
Valerie Wildman
as Virginia Larson
John Duerler
as John Larson
Steve Monroe
as Steve Larson
Ashley Trefger
as Lindsey Larson
Lindsey Trefger
as Lindsey Larson
Alyssa Gainer
as Katie Larson
Kaitlyn Gainer
as Katie Larson
Lauren Gainer
as Katie Larson
Albert Pugliese
as Gregory Larson
Gergory Pugliese
as Gergory Larson
Brandon Reinhart
as Matt Larson
Matthew Reinhart
as Matt Larson
Lisa Long
as Lisa Madden
Lauren Birkell
as Lauren Madden
Elden Henson
as Elden Madden
Tim Stack
as Morgan Madden
Alice Vaughn
as Alice Stockton
Chase Mackenzie Bebak
as Chase Stockton
Gage Bebak
as Gage Stockton
Amanda Cagney
as Amanda Stockton
Andrea Cagney
as Amanda Stockton
Fred Semmer
as Fred Stockton
Peter Semmer
as Fred Stockton
Joe Conley
as Joe Wally
Aaron Rapke
as Ralph Wally
Vin Martin
as Pilot Al
Garret Davis
as Pilot Blaine
Jay Acovone
as Pilot Peter
Christopher Kriesa
as Pilot Kevin
Fred Smith
as Himself
Michelle Robinson
as FedEx Anchor
Tommy Cresswell
as FedEx Anchor No. 2
Rich Sickler
as FedEx Manager
Derick Alexander
as Taxi Driver
François Duhamel
as French FedEx Loader
Michael Forest
as Pilot Jack
Viveka Davis
as Pilot Gwen
Yelena Papovic
as Beautiful Russian Woman
Valentina Ananyina
as Russian Babushka
Jennifer Choe
as Memphis State Student
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Critic Reviews for Cast Away

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (42)

Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal and mature story.

December 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout.

September 26, 2002

Chuck has flashes of ingenuity that filled me with the thrill of discovery and invention, and stretches of failure that I felt just as acutely.

May 8, 2002 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.

June 4, 2001

Audience Reviews for Cast Away

So Tom Hanks plays a real go-getter who gets stuck on a desert island. Okay. Then what? Well the opening sequences are good, as he learns to feed himself, to survive, but the ultimate rationale for the whole piece is how he handles the idea that he might be there forever, and this Zemeckis decides to keep off camera. Why? I don't know. It simply skips that part. We rejoin our hero as, reenergized, he decides to risk it all to save himself. But it could've been a better film, an examination of why we choose life (as opposed to life simply choosing us). I had the feeling Zemeckis kept the core of the piece to himself. Still, it's watchable, if anticlimactic.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Hanks is Zemeckis' Jimmy Stewart.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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The best island story I had saw since the french tv movies Robinson Crusoe with Pierre Richard

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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