Cast Away 2000

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(165) IMDb 7.7/10
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Systems engineer Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) says goodbye to his girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) and heads off on a flight to South America. En route the plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Chuck as its only survivor. Luckily, there is an uninhabited island nearby and Chuck manages to swim to safety.

Starring:
Helen Hunt, Christopher Noth
Runtime:
2 hours 23 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Cast Away

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Robert Zemeckis
Starring Helen Hunt, Christopher Noth
Supporting actors Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, David Allen Brooks, Geoffrey Blake, Nan Martin
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Danny Bash on 4 Nov 2001
Format: DVD
This is such a good film, thought provoking, realistic and un-glamourised. Its the kind of film that will play on your mind and become even better as you relive it in your mind. Its an eye opener to how many distractions we have in our lives, and what it could be like if they were all taken away in a blink of an eye. The movie asks this question, is it a blessing or a curse to survive such a crash?
The whole scene of the plane crashing is terrifyingly real. You'll be holding your breath for a while.... The style used to make the island part of the movie is very effective at making the viewer uncomfortable. No music score whatsoever until very near the end which is very noticeable when it happens, like a breath of fresh air. You can feel though out the film, conscious decisions to not use tools like voice-overs to fill the silence. This I feel, keeps the viewer more at a distance from Chuck's feelings, but ultimately drags the viewer deeper into the miserable situation he is in, making the whole film more interactive in a way. Which is probably why the film has not been to everyone's tastes.
Castaway has left me with a similar feeling as when I saw new version of 'The Thin Red Line' Although almost in opposite ways, its very spiritual, like staring death in the face. Keep breathing, remind yourself who you used to be. Chuck has a picture of his girl. That old light at the end of the cave. And let's not forget Wilson, the best friend guy could have. :-)
The DVD is worth every penny. Quality is what you'd expect. There is also a massive interview with Tom Hanks, which he not only talks about Castaway, but Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, and That thing you do. Ever since my all time favourite movie "Joe versus the volcano" Tom has just got a bigger and bigger star, and this film shows us why.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've only ever seen Castaway in dribs and drabs. Somehow I would always end up watching 20 mins here and there when it was on TV. I saw it was about to come out on BD so I thought I'd finally force myself to watch it as a whole.
I wouldn't say it's one of my favourite movies of all time but it's still a good watch. A great story portrayed thoroughly by the director and Tom Hanks.

The HD quality is very good. Obviously, I don't have the DVD but I can say 100% that this will be worth the upgrade. The audio is very good also and adds plenty of atmosphere to many of the scenes.

Languages and subs are well catered for:

Languages: French DD5.1; German DD5.1; Italian DD5.1; Japanese DD5.1; Portuguese DD5.1; Spanish (Castillian) DD5.1; Spanish (Latin) DD5.1;

Subs: English, English (SDH), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.

Runtime: 144mins
No extras - not even a free volleyball!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The film starts and continues through the main story (a pretty simple one!) with great wit and emotion, with Hanks pulling off a great solo performance. However the potential of the beautiful island setting is not exploited enough and the story comes to a whirlwind ending that left people in the cinema looking around wondering if it had actually ended. Great film but could have been much much improved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
It's surprising just how good `Cast Away' is. I mean, who would've thought a film about a man alone on a desert island would be so riveting? Maybe that is testament to Tom Hanks who turns out a star performance here. The location and scenery are also amazing and the direction shows it off to excellent effect. This film follows Chuck Noland (Hanks) as he survives a plane crash and has to live on a deserted island in the middle of the pacific ocean for four years. You live his loneliness and trials as he struggles to survive and learn the skill necessary to get by. In fact the scene when he finally learns to make fire, and his reaction to it, never fails to raise a smile and you truly feel his jubilation. The middle section of the film on the island is very quiet, as previously noted in other reviews, but it doesn't drag and only heightens the isolation Noland must feel. Hanks keeps you engrossed by his every nuance and movement he makes. It's only when Noland begins to unwrap FedEx parcels (from the plane crash) and finds a Wilson Volley ball, that he paints a face onto, does he start talking again. It actually become quite touching to see him interact with an inanimate object and must be one of the most unique on-screen relationships ever! The ending is a little `Hollywood' and cheesy, but not excessively so and I'll admit to a lump in my throat briefly towards the end. This is a simple premise, excellently executed and although I've seen this film many times it never gets boring or any less gripping. Well worth a watch.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "yohiweb" on 17 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
I have been impressed by Tom Hanks acting. His onscreen persona somehow projects into your life for a short while, as you see him act out the role he plays. As an actor, he involves his audience - which is hard onscreen as there is no direct audience contact.
The concept of the trails and learning experiences that being "Castaway" would bring has always had an appeal to me. Intuition? Initiative? Survival? Health? Psychology? Sanity? Hope? Expectation? Despair? Recovery? Frustration? Those left behind? Re-integration with society?
All these issues are touched upon in this film with excellent screen play and directorship. The island he is on could almost be paradise, if it were not a prison. It is not just a prison due to it's location, but also the geogrpahical characteristics of the Island make it very hard to escape. It is fascinating to see how he deals with and overcomes these frustrations and challenges. Look out for "Wilson", is he "real" or not? I felt a sense of loss when he floated away... (you will have to watch it to find out.)
You don't normally expect special effects in a film of this type, but the plane crash is probably the most harrowing you will ever see. Also great thought went into the camera shots, some very technical manouveres carried out.
The other side of the coin is the effect on the people who presumed he was dead. What about the problems when that person is finally discovered... if you lost someone this way, you still loved them at the point they went. So you could rebuild your life, but that love you had is still "alive", in effect that relationship might not have had "closure". What happens if that person comes back?
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