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Castaway (1987)




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This conventional drama about two people on a desert island is enhanced by good acting on the part of Oliver Reed as middle-aged Gerald Kingsland, the man who wants to go native, and Amanda Donohoe as Lucy Irvine, the woman who joins him. Lucy has a dull job in wintry London so when she sees an ad from Gerald asking for a woman to come with him to an island near Papua New Guinea for one year, she answers yes, he agrees, and off they go. Clothes are optional. Their personalities are not always in agreement but what is more problematical than their emotional and mental state is their physical state. Neither one remembered to bring any medical supplies and soon everything takes a turn for the worse.

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Oliver Reed
as Gerald Kingsland
Amanda Donohoe
as Lucy Irvine
Georgina Hale
as Sister Saint Margaret
Frances Barber
as Sister Saint Winifred
John Sessions
as Man in Pub
Sarah Harper
as Swimming Teacher
Stephen Jenn
as Shop Manager
Paul Reynolds
as Mike Kingsland
Sean Hamilton
as Geoffrey Kingsland
Arthur Cox
as Manager
Gordon Honeycombe
as TV Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Castaway

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Much of Castaway is about as exciting as watching an ordinary middle-aged man spend a year on a tropical island with an ordinary younger woman.

August 19, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

While not of the same potency of Roeg's earlier, famed decade, Castaway has its merits, and DP Harvey Harrison's island landscapes are deserving of a restoration.

October 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Despite all its short-comings, Roeg never lets things get dull--his camera sees to that.

June 21, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Strange Nicolas Roeg film doesn't quite work, but remains fascinating.

November 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

"mesmerizing visuals hold the attention, even when the plot does not"

July 29, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

One of Roeg's most watchable

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Castaway

Reed at his best.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

Can't remeber much about this, a good plot and interesting to see how the two get on all alone on a deserted island. Spending most of the time in the nude.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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