Cast Away

7.82 h 23 min2000X-RayPG-13
HD. Tom Hanks delivers an Oscar(R)-nominated performance as a man who is stranded on an uninhabited island for four years.
Robert Zemeckis
Tom HanksHelen HuntNick Searcy
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Tom HanksJack RapkeSteve StarkeyRobert ZemeckisSteven J. Boyd
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

15633 global ratings

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  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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M DouganReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome, in spite of the heavy editing!
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This is one of my favorite movies. It shows a person going through a huge arch of life, from happily married corporate guy, to castaway, to singled, changed, survivor with an open future. He learned so many things, foremost of which was 'you never know what the tide will bring .'

I rented this because I couldn't get any of my DVD players to work on the deluxe edition I bought at a garage sale. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is that Amazon's version is heavily edited. They cut out all of the attempted suicide scenes at the top of the cliff (and who knows what else). That's a travesty. Just show the director's cut, please?!
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MarieReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scrooge Resurrected
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The main character gives "The Love of his life" a pager, some dish towels and... oh yeah... here's your ring in a box as he rushes away from a festive Christmas party to take care of money... money....

She gives him a family heirloom gold watch with her picture in it. The watch ends up saving his life as he dashes to grab it as the plane is going down and he becomes the only survivor. The watch with her picture keeps him going for lonely years.

He made his flight crew fly out on Christmas night and they lost their lives because of it.

It takes four long years all alone for him to face himself and atone for his selfish money-driven life. He creates a little idol for himself out of a washed up volleyball. The face on it looks like a demon painted in his own blood.

It's not until he lets go of the idol he created and clinged to that his life takes a turn for the better.

An emaciated Christlike figure laying on a wooden cross-like raft in the middle of the ocean is spotted by a passing crate ship.

A new man resurrected from the old still has a long as he keeps taking the next breath...
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JJCEOReviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Hanks can make any film a great movie!
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Tom Hanks can make any movie great. As a surviving crash member of a Fed Express flight Team he is the sole survivor. He makes it to an island but he has little to live on and he searches for any and all ways to eat, live and survive.

Tom Hanks plays this role to perfection and he literally makes you believe that he is the character in the film. His best friend is a WILSON Sports Volleyball that he becomes so attached to it is a major part of the story.

This is a good film and it is worth owning and watching. The BluRay version of the film is well engineered with good video and audio. I also got a VUDU digital HDX movie that I can stream to my Apple and Android devices and to my TV and to my digital projector onto a 12 foot diagonal screen.

I like this film and I rated it 5 stars.
24 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of Tom Hanks most memorable roles as he had to carry story all by himself
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Cast Away was Tom Hanks harrowing tale of survival. He was stranded on a small island in the pacific. There he had to find the basics like food, shelter and water. There were dramatic moments like when he cut his thigh on coral reef to when he finally produced fire. He also had moments where he totally broke down into tears. It’s also crazy to see Hanks later on with a huge beard and long hair. It’s like the hippy version of Hanks. He never gave up which was the theme of the story. It’s definitely one of Hanks most memorable roles especially because he had to carry almost the entire story by himself.

I have to say the last quarter of the movie is a bit of a disappointment as it really drags things out.
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Jeffrey HopeReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
"I know now what's important. We have to keep breathing."
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What do you get when you combine a compelling story about human survival with a great script, a highly talented Director who knows how to make a film, and perfect casting that includes Tom Hanks in the main role? You get a five star film that people will enjoy watching. Robert Zemeki's is a gifted film-maker, and it amazes me to think that he made two great films, Cast Away and What Lies Beneath (which is one of the best ghost stories ever made) practically on top of each other. In Cast Away, we get to see Tom Hanks at the top of his game. By the way, is there anyone out there who think Tom Hanks can't act? Anybody?!!! I loved the scene after Chuck and Kelly, played exquisitely by Helen Hunt, exchange gifts in the car and we begin to sense that he was playing a kind of prank on her by giving her small gifts and walking away towards the plane with the car keys in his hand holding back what we have to perceive is a wedding engagement ring. "That reminds me, I almost forgot, I have one more present for you ... (as he takes the small gift box from his pocket) ... although this isn't an open in the car kind of present, say like hand towels, which was a joke by the way."
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GabeReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Reviews Aren't Like Other People's
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My reviews aren't like other people's. I don't mindlessly read other people's reviews waiting for something to make me upset and then requite an objection to then basque in snide self-righteousness that spiteful revenge toppled originality once more. No, I thoroughly dig deep inside myself and find what the movie means to me. So yes, I'm going to rate this movie five start, but not because other people are doing it, or not doing it, but because of my own personal feelings about it. Now, let's get down to it. This is Tom Cruise's best movie BY FAR. Yes, he was good in Forester Gump, and was in Sleepless in Seattle and all that, but without a doubt, this is his best movie. And Seattle is nothing like that, trust me, I've lived here all my life and there is not one ounce of anything that movie portrays that is anything like the essence of this city. Truthfully , this city is a cold, cold, cold. The essence is ice cold. There is not one instance of anything even remotely notable at all about it, and you can live here for years, and not be able to come up with a description of what it is like or be able to make a determination of whether it is good or bad. It has no personality at all, and is furthest away from being anything that harbors any warm tale of romantic sweetness that movie claims to proclaim. Anyhow, back to the movie at hand. It is good, and my favorite Tom Cruise movie all time. And Owen Wilson does a great job at playing the soccer ball.
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Heidi PrickettReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
We all need a Wilson in our lives
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I saw this in theaters with one of my first boyfriends whose name was Wilson. He got a tickle out of the volleyball being named Wilson in the movie. Realistic movie about someone who is trapped alone in an island, and at least someone who is average intelligence and who knows how to handle things. Makes one think how they would handle being alone on an island. Tom Hank's had his hand in many of the hit movies back then. Same thing as Helen Hunt.
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Fran K.Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I love survival movies .. find them very inspiring - Open Water, Alive, Wild, 127 Hours, etc. This film tops them all. Happened to come across it recently on one of the movie channels. Loved it. Tom Hanks' acting is wonderful. Very profound and moving story - plane crashes, and he's alone and stranded on an island surrounded by the ocean ... he becomes introspective and has moments of enlightenment which lead him to discoveries about himself and plans for his survival. Highly recommend this movie.
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