Cast Away

Cast Away (2000)

34 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: At the Russian FedEx Office, Hanks orders everyone to get all the boxes into the "big truck". Actually, as he is working for FedEx, he would know the term is "shuttle".

Correction: And as the screenwriter probably guessed - correctly - the film's audience would not consist solely of FedEx employees. He therefore used a term we would understand, rather than industry jargon.

Corrected entry: As the plane hits the water, Chuck falls backward, toward the rear of the plane. This violates the concept of inertia. He actually would have continued traveling forward toward the incoming water.

Correction: Actually he gets thrown back by the force of the water.


Corrected entry: When Noland is casually urinating into the ocean late one night we see a light on the horizon. It can only be from a passing ship. Noland doesn't react at all, and it is directly in his line of sight. He couldn't miss it.

Correction: Um, did you watch the rest of the scene? he literally sees the light when he's done urinating and says "ship!" and then yells "help" and shines his flashlight.

Correction: That's the entire point of the scene. When he looks in the direction of the light, it stops, and it's only visible when he's not looking. It's meant as a sad, "missed opportunity" scene.

What absolute nonsense. He is looking straight at it. In fact it is a light from a building on the island used as a filming location (Monuriki, Fiji) that the post production crew forgot to paint out, making it two different types of film mistake.

It could be that he simply doesn't believe it is a light. Doesn't want to get his hopes up.

Ssiscool Premium member

Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie, Kelly says that Chuck's island was about 600 miles south of the Cook Islands, but there isn't anything south of the Cook Islands besides Antarctica.

Correction: THAT'S THE WHOLE POINT! He was on an uncharted island for FOUR YEARS. We've pretty much charted the entire globe by now. It's a fictional island.

MovieFan612 Premium member

Corrected entry: Why is the package that Chuck never opens on a flight from the U.S. to the far east, if it's meant to be delivered to Texas?

Correction: It came from Texas. Chuck brought it back to the place of origin, not destination.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: In Cast Away, Tom Hanks calls a ball by its brand name, Wilson. In Big, his child character does the same early on when playing ball with Billy. He calls a ball, Spaulding.

Correction: This is a little too simple to be trivia, especially since it was not Tom Hanks' character saying this in Big.


Corrected entry: When Chuck tries to get away with his liferaft, it sinks, and the coral pierces his upper leg. Though this is just a fleshwound, it's pretty nasty. He has no medical equipment whatsoever. But when he lies on the raft four years later, when his legs are visible there is not the slightest scar where he was wounded.

Correction: When Chuck is woken up by the plastic "sail" hitting the rocks he goes to take a closer look. If you look very closely you can see that on his left leg is a scar. It's only visible for a few seconds, but it's definitely there.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film, when Helen Hunt runs after Tom Hanks, she shouts "Jack! Jack!" It's not Chuck by any stretch of the imagination. (02:00:30)

Correction: I've watched and listed to the scene a number of times, and read the transcript. She says "Chuck", not "Jack." It almost falls in line with the McGurk effect, so it's possible to hear "Jack", but to state that's what she says is not correct. Very rarely have I seen a valid mistake regarding an actor calling a character the wrong name. It's almost always someone hearing something wrong, which isn't the actor's fault.


Correction: Note that the CH and J sounds at the beginning of a word are nearly identical. Kelly is actually saying "Chuck", but apparently because she is both running and shouting it comes out "Ch-YA-uck", so that anyone within earshot named either "Chuck" or "Jack" would turn around to see who was paging them. And on the final, third utterance she is saying "Chuck", with no YA meme.

Maybe they sound identical but it still count as a character error.

Corrected entry: Assuming Tom Hanks was going from Memphis to Kaula Lumpur (which I don't believe was actually discussed), the airplane as seen from the inside is either an MD-11 or possibly a DC10 with a glass cockpit. If so, the that route is beyond the range (9768 NM) of either airplane. It is even further to Sydney, Australia so I don't think that is very likely to have happened without a fuel stop, that didn't happen either.

Correction: We don't know that a refuel didn't happen, we just didn't see it on camera because it wouldn't really be interesting.


Corrected entry: A FedEx car is shown clamped next to the Spassky Gate on the Red Square. Cars are not allowed to be parked there at all as a security measure - they'd be towed away, not clamped.

Correction: Usually cars are clamped, and then the tow truck comes to get them.

Corrected entry: All airliners are pressurized in flight to approximately 8000ft, and any item inflated at ground level would have higher pressure, thus when the aircraft is pressurized in flight the difference in the lower cabin pressure and the higher pressure in the inflated item would risk it exploding, for this reason it is a requirement to deflate all items such as footballs and bike tyres before being placed on the flight. For this reason Wilson the football should not have been put on this flight.

Correction: People get away with putting unauthorized items on passenger flights and cargo flights all the time. The fact that Wilson should not have been on the flight does not make it a mistake. Also, the sender may have been unaware of this and the airline would not know the contents of the box.


Corrected entry: It is clear when Tom Hanks is on top of the island, and when he sees the dead body, and also when he walks around the island, that the fringing reef does not extend all the way round the island. There is therefore no need to launch the raft into the breaking waves, it would be much easier to launch the raft at a place on the island where there are no breakers to contend with. (You can also see this in an aerial shot of the island on page 84 of the book "Nomads of the Wind").

Correction: There could be other reasons for other launching sites to be unusable. An inaccessible or particularly rocky beach, for example, or prevailing winds. He couldn't sail the raft into the wind to escape the island.

Correction: He pretty much had to launch the raft from the location where he built it. It was heavy, the island does not appear to be flat or have open spaces, so he could not have lugged it and all the supplies to a different location. Even if he could, it would risk damaging it. He built the raft where he had the best access to the needed materials.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: When Chuck spears his first crab he holds it up and it shows 6 little legs moving. Chuck then grabs off a leg to eat and it has a huge claw on it. The one he speared did not have claws.

Correction: The crab he spears does have big claws. They are folded against the crabs body. Look close as he turns it over.

Corrected entry: When Tom Hanks is on top of the island and he sees the dead body, look at the water level. It's very low and the body isn't floating at all. But when Tom Hanks is down with the body it's floating and the water level is much higher.

Correction: It would have taken him some time to get down from the top of the island, and in the mean time the tide would have come in. This would explain why the water level is much higher and why the body floats.


Corrected entry: In the scenes 4 years after Chuck has been on the island, we see he has grown his hair out and his beard is very long. What is out of place is his mustache is remarkably well-groomed. Whiskers don't grow evenly, and unless he had some scissors or something else to trim with, it's very unlikely that his mustache would be so evenly distributed around his mouth.

Correction: Actually, anyone with a mustache can tell you that it's no great feat to keep those reasonably well trimmed just by biting the ends off - and you would, unless you like them trailing in your mouth all the time.

Rooster of Doom

Corrected entry: When Tom Hanks says goodbye to Helen Hunt in the Jeep Cherokee at the airport, you can see the "Jeep" emblem above the grille. When he gets the car back back five years later, the emblem is gone.

Lars Bakke

Correction: There are many reasons why an emblem could be missing from a vehicle after five years. Someone could have stolen it, or it could have been defective and fallen off. There are a million cars on the road with missing emblems.


Corrected entry: After Chuck is rescued, he is shown clean-shaven and his skin tone is even. If he had a beard for four years on a tropical island, the top half of his face should be tan and the lower part of his face (the part that was covered by the beard) should be pale.

Trekkie Gal

Correction: These scenes take place weeks after his rescue; the skin tone throughout his body had already returned from the dark tan he had on the island to its normal color. He even had time to regain some of the weight he had lost while in isolation.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the beginning when the Fedex driver goes to the girl's house in Texas, considering the trucks for Fedex have no air conditioning, why would the driver wear a big winter jacket? Even on cold days in Texas, you don't need a jacket that big.

Correction: Character decision, not a movie mistake.

BocaDavie Premium member

Obviously, you've never visited or lived in the Texas Panhandle.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Chuck is looking through the dead pilot's wallet, if you zoom in on the drivers license, the pilot's date of birth is listed as 1949. When Chuck buries the pilot, he writes 1950-1995 on the rock.

Correction: Character mistake on behalf of Chuck. He could have either chosen to write it as he did to round out the pilot's age to 45, or if he wrote it wrong, had no way to erase it.


Corrected entry: After a night of rain, Chuck walks to the stack of FedEx boxes he covered with the now-deflated yellow raft. He flings the raft off and you see a bunch of water fly off with it. He then proceeds to try and drink any drops of fresh water in the coconut shells. Why didn't he try and drink from the little pools of water that had collected on the raft?

Correction: He's just been stranded on an island, so he's not exactly in his right mind. He just didn't think of it. Anyway, character mistakes are not movie mistakes.

Factual error: Shortly after the crash, when Chuck is in the raft, one of the engines continues to run even though it is half submerged in water. The engine would not have exploded like it did, rather, it would have just stopped running as soon as it became disconnected from its fuel source and flooded with water.

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Suggested correction: The aircraft seems like a Airbus A300 or 310 but it is really a MD-11 or DC-10 because you can clearly see that the front body with wing with engine attached sink leaving the tail section. So the tail has a fuel tank and the third engine. The engine normally compresses air then burns it by feeding in fuel and igniting it. But can't compress air because the turbines are in the water. The fuel would in this case would "flood" the engine then the igniter ignites it and explodes.

Fumes explode, raw fuel burns. Igniter will not ignite raw fuel nor would there be anyway to propagate the explosion that took place.

Even if the engine was flooded, and full of water, and the air couldn't, it still wouldn't explode. MD-11 engines run on a fuel that cannot be ignited.

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Chuck Noland: You wouldn't have a match by any chance would you?

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Trivia: Production was shut down for a year, to give Tom Hanks enough time to lose weight and grow out his "castaway" beard. During that time, director Robert Zemeckis used the same crew members to help film "What Lies Beneath."

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Answer: Cast Away was filmed on an island called Monuriki. It's part of a group of islands called the Mamanuca Islands, in Fiji.

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