Cast Away

Cast Away (2000)

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Corrected entry: The scene where he just got a fire going and is throwing logs on the fire on the beach, notice how calm the water is. Every other shot of the water has huge waves just to leave the island. Why didn't he just leave from the beach he had the fire on?

Correction: Because he didn't have a raft. The last one was damaged on his first attempt.

MasterOfAll

Corrected entry: When Chuck reaches the island and writes "HELP", the letters face the water. Later, when Chuck climbs the mountain of rocks, the letters are now sideways and facing him instead of the water.

bobthedancingdonut

Correction: He first writes the word help in the sand. Later he makes the word from tree stumps the other way around.

Corrected entry: The aircraft interior is of a MD-11. (The emergency exits are the plug-type MD-11 doors) The digital cockpit is of an MD-11, not an Airbus A300 series which Chuck boards before the crash.

Jordan Hare

Correction: He is seen walking towards the security gate of the airport with an A300 parked in the background. He had to enter the airport through that ramp and just an A300 happens to be parked in the background. We never even see him walking past the gate so there is never even a hint that he boards that A300.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Chuck is floating in the water on the raft you can see that the raft is yellow. When he gets on land and puts the raft up by the trees it is orange. Throughout the whole movie you can see that the raft changes from yellow to orange.

Correction: The lighting makes it look like the raft changes colour - it's always yellow.

Corrected entry: Chuck's plane was supposed to have gone down in 1995 and he was on the island for just under 4 years, but when he is talking to Kelly in her house about the Tennessee Titans, she says they "were in the Super Bowl last year." Even if the crash happened in December of '95, he'd have been home by the end of '99, a minimum of a few months prior to the Titans Super Bowl appearance (which was actually in January of 2000 - Super Bowl XXIV).

jds122567

Correction: He did in fact crash in December 1995, they were eating a Christmas dinner when he was called away for work. When he writes his farewell note on the rocks, he states he was on the island 1500 days(give or take),which is over 4 years. By the time he is rescued and returns to America, it could easily be spring of 2000. Super Bowl, as stated, would have been in late January. So he just missed it.

In that case wouldn't she say they win the Super Bowl this year??

jds122567

No. Usually once the season has ended, the last superbowl would be referred to as last year's superbowl, as it belongs to the previous year's season.

oldbaldyone

Corrected entry: When Chuck reaches the island and drags the life raft on shore, the bag the life raft was in is empty. Yet, he seems to be able to find a shovel when he buries the pilot. Where did the shovel come from?

cdg125

Correction: The object used to bury him was a paddle that came with the life raft. It was not actually a shovel.

Corrected entry: After the plane crash, when Tom Hanks is in the raft, he falls asleep and awakes only when the raft hits a rock on the island and a section of the raft deflates. How did the raft get over all those gigantic waves on the reef without capsizing? (Especially with the high waves that would occur after a storm.) Did Tom sleep right through it all?

Correction: Both situations are entirely plausible. The boat not capsizing is because these rafts are designed to skim the top of the water, riding the highest swells. Out farther in the water, even fairly close to shore, the waves just swell for the most part, and don't break like they do on shore which could make the ride quite nauseating, but not necessarily dangerous. As for the sleep, a defense mechanism of the human psyche is to induce sleep in some very stressful situations. Even though scared and alone, the swells alone could have been enough to lull him to sleep.

Corrected entry: Tom Hanks was wearing tan pants when he was in the plane before it crashed, however, after the crash, he is wearing dark green pants.

Correction: They're not dark green, they are just wet tan pants.

Corrected entry: He is on a flight going to the Far East. All the packages have domestic airbills. If they were on international airbills it would not be necessary for him to open the package to see what was inside, a description of the contents would be clearly visible on the airbill.

Correction: Having sent many packages internationally using FedEx, I know the airbills are filled out by hand, and they are not in a water-tight seal. The seawater could have blurred or washed away the ink, making it difficult or impossible to read small handwriting.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: When Tom Hanks is about to bury the dead pilot, he takes the pilot's shoes off, but when he is pulling him into the grave, you can see that the pilot has his shoes back on.

Correction: What you see are his black socks.

Corrected entry: When Tom is taking a leak on the beach at night he turns away from the beach and toward the camera. The fake ship's light is viewable in the distance. Tom is squinting badly at that point and there is a large glare on his shoulder, indicating the scene was shot during bright sunlight. Even in a bright moon the squint is unlikely.

Correction: He's probably squinting because he's nearsighted. Squinting helps to focus an image.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Chuck is finally rescued by the ship and he is holding his arm out towards the ship, if you look under the raft it looks like you can see the lines on the bottom of a swimming pool.. considering he is in the ocean the water doesn't really look that deep.

Correction: If you look carefully the "lines" are actually parts of the video tape that Chuck has used to tie the raft together.

Corrected entry: When it shows that Hanks has retrieved Albert's shoes, the ends are cut off to resemble sandals. In all later scenes they are in normal condition, and they were the only shoes Hanks had access to.

cluchsinger

Correction: They are not in normal condition. The toes are always cut out of the shoes.

amycamille1975

Corrected entry: When Chuck is going down with the plane his life boat has a small reddish bag attached. This gets attached to some metal piece and starts to pull him further underwater until it snaps off. Once on the island, he starts to drag the life boat towards the trees. As he walks further up you can see the little red bag being dragged behind the life boat.

Correction: Many inflatable liferafts have more than one of these sandbags attached to them. This is likely a different sandbag.

Jazetopher

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: I couldn't even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing.

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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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Question: Does anyone know what's officially in the mystery package and why Chuck never opens it, or is it just a 'McGuffin' like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

Answer: No one knows what was in the package. I think Chuck doesn't open it in order to keep his sanity. The package is his only link to his life before being stranded, working for FedEx and making sure packages get delivered. He was determined to make sure it got delivered just as he was determined to survive and get back to civilization. Success in one meant success in the other. While Zemeckis has joked there was a waterproof satellite phone in it, the real answer from the script is, no joke, salsa verde. Its a care package with a note imploring Bettina's (the artist) husband (naked cowboy) to come back and spice up their life like the salsa.

Answer: The package he got had divorce papers in them. He signed them and then placed them back in the package for return to her.

Answer: In the third draft of the movie there's a scene where Chuck opens the package and finds salsa and a note from the woman in the beginning asking her husband to come home. It's also revealed that she doesn't mind that he never got the package. Pretty unsatisfactory, probably why it was cut and left a mystery.

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