Cast Away
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Other mistake: When Tom Hanks cuts his hand and loses his temper, he picks up the volleyball with a bloody hand and throws it. When he picks it up, you can see that his fingers are spread. When you see the handprint that he makes "Wilson" with, you can see that the fingerprints are together and parallel.

Other mistake: 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.

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Suggested 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.

Jason Hoffman

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.

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Other mistake: In the cave we see Tom Hanks drawing an analemma without a precise timekeeper, which is needed to draw one. What he could have done is a meridian rect, which is build with the meridian time. The analemma is the differential chart between the solar time and civil time.

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Suggested correction: No, what we see is Tom Hanks drawing a chalk outline on a wall to approximate the date. There is no reason to assume he got it exactly right or knew exactly what he was doing. He probably started just by drawing lines on the cave wall to mark the days then noticed the light.

Greg Dwyer

I'm afraid "just drawing lines" doesn't create the well-crafted analemma you see in the movie. A very precise time-keeping device is necessary: just a minute off will dramatically change the shape.

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