Top 16 Cast Away Movie Facts

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Cast Away (2000) 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 to help Tom Hanks have a more natural interaction with the volleyball.
Actual lines of dialogue were written for Wilson to help Tom Hanks have a more natural interaction with the volleyball.

Cast Away Trivia

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  1. When Chuck returns after four years on an island, FedEx throws him a party and serves seafood, including raw fish. An old friend even says that they need to "catch up on some fishing." Chuck has done nothing but eat fish, mostly raw, for the last four years.

  2. Once Chuck lands on the island there is no music throughout the entire duration of him being stranded until the very moment he leaves by overcoming the large waves that bested him before.

  3. The Red bag caught by the wreckage of the plane and ripped off of the life raft contained medical supplies, flares and a GPS Locater

Cast Away Hidden Details

1 - We see that Chuck Noland is a keen sailor. He later escapes the island by building a raft with hand made rope, fitting it with a sail, and using his knowledge of tide and winds.
We see that Chuck Noland is a keen sailor. He later escapes the island by building a raft with hand made rope, fitting it with a sail, and using his knowledge of tide and winds.
1 - The actor that played Wilson in Cast Away (2000) is the same actor from the Volleyball scene in Top Gun (1986).
The actor that played Wilson in Cast Away (2000) is the same actor from the Volleyball scene in Top Gun (1986).
1 - The blonde hair and facial hair on Tom Hanks was actually real
The blonde hair and facial hair on Tom Hanks was actually real

Wilson has a torso with arms

1 - Chuck made an analemma on the cave to mark the days through the year. The spot where they cross are the equinoxes (vernal and autumnal). They happen "around" Mar 21st and Sept 22nd every year. Chuck's date marks are way off from these.
Chuck made an analemma on the cave to mark the days through the year. The spot where they cross are the equinoxes (vernal and autumnal). They happen "around" Mar 21st and Sept 22nd every year. Chuck's date marks are way off from these.

During the holiday dinner scene, the camera pans over a bookshelf with awards showing that Chuck is highly proficient in sailing and other outdoor activities

1 - Chuck Noland opens a FedEx box containing legal paperwork addressed to a Mr Street, which says that his former spouse is entitled to a settlement award. If he doesn't sign and return the paperwork, more extreme measures [will be taken].
Chuck Noland opens a FedEx box containing legal paperwork addressed to a Mr Street, which says that his former spouse is entitled to a settlement award. If he doesn't sign and return the paperwork, more extreme measures [will be taken].
1 - One of Chuck's colleagues suggests that they need to catch up on some fishing and implies a fishing rod & reel. Chuck has no need for one, he's mastered spear fishing.
One of Chuck's colleagues suggests that they need to catch up on some fishing and implies a fishing rod & reel. Chuck has no need for one, he's mastered spear fishing.

Tom Hanks's character is trying to get off the island before monsoon season arrives. 4 weeks later, he visits his wife and it's pouring down rain in monsoon season.

Chuck calms himself with a fidget spinner while he anxiously waits to reunite with Kelly after 4 years on the island

Cast Away poster
Cast Away poster

Cast Away Plot

A FedEx executive undergoes a physical and emotional transformation after crash landing on a deserted island.

Cast and Details

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Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance
Director Robert Zemeckis
Stars Paul Sanchez, Lari White, Leonid Citer, David Allen Brooks
IMDB score 7.8