Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Lari White, Chris Noth, Nick Searcy, Dennis Letts, Paul Sanchez, Jenifer Lewis
OUR RATING: ★★★★★
Survival drama directed by Robert Zemeckis. Cast Away (2000) follows FedEx executive Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), who whilst en-route to an assignment his plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean during a storm. The sole survivor of the flight, Chuck washes ashore on a deserted island. When his efforts to sail away and contact help fail, Chuck is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive on the island, where he remains for years, accompanied by only his handmade volleyball friend, Wilson.
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Ramon: [notices the FedEx package with a Butterfly logo on it] Where’s she headed?
Bettina Peterson: Ah, she’s snow bound Ramon.
Ramon: I see you went with the pink.
Bettina Peterson: Yeah. Yeah. It’s kind of a pink day today.
Chuck Noland: Time rules over us without mercy. Not caring if we’re healthy or ill. Hungry or drunk. Russian, American, beings from Mars. It’s like a fire. It could either destroy us, or it could keep us warm. That’s why every FedEx office has a clock. Because we live or we die by the clock. We never turn our back on it. And we never, ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time.
Chuck Noland: [referring to what he FedEx’d to himself] It is a clock, which I started at absolute zero, and it’s now at eighty seven hours, twenty-two minutes and seventeen seconds. From Memphis, America to Nikolia in Russia, eighty-seven hours. Eight seven hours is a shameful outrage. This is just an egg timer! What if it had been something else, like your paycheck? Or fresh boysenberries? Or adoption papers? Eighty-seven hours is an eternity. The cosmos was created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled at eighty-seven hours! Fortune made and squandered.
Chuck Noland: [leaving a message for Kelly] I miss you. I really want to kiss you. I’m out of here in about two minutes and I’m picking up the sweep through Paris, so I should be back in Memphis in about eighteen hours or so. That’s the good news. The bad news is, I got to go to the dentist this week. I got something in there and it’s hurting. I love you, and I’m going to see you soon, and you know what that means.
Chuck Noland: Nikolai. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock!
Chuck Noland: I absolutely, positively have to get to Memphis tonight.
Pilot Jack: Can’t help you. Try UPS.
Chuck Noland: Relentless is our goal. Relentless!
Stan: What do you expect from the guy who stole a crippled kid’s bicycle when his truck broke down?
Chuck Noland: I borrowed it. I borrowed it. But I love that the kid’s now crippled.
Chuck Noland: [to Stan] It’s about the trucks. Today’s truck was two minutes late. Tomorrow’s will be four minutes late, and then six minutes late, and then eight minutes late. And the next thing you know, we’re the U.S. mail.
Kelly Frears: You’re home
Chuck Noland: Home indeed.
Kelly Frears: I love that you’re home.
'The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.' - Chuck Noland (Cast Away) Click To Tweet
Dennis Larson: [at the family Christmas meal] Speaking of marriage, Chuck, when are you going to make an honest woman out of Kelly?
Chuck Noland: Here it is! Let’s look at the clock.
Kelly Frears: How long?
Chuck Noland: Alright. By my time, it took fourteen minutes into the meal. So I win.
Kelly Frears: Okay. You won. I owe you five dollars.
Chuck Noland: Way before the pie
Kelly Frears: I told him on the way over here. Right about the pie came out, the marriage…
Kelly Frears: [looking at their diaries] Okay, I’ll cancel Saturday.
Chuck Noland: No, don’t. If I’m not here, I’m not. But if I am, well, then I am.
Kelly Frears: Chuck, it’s canceled. But you got to be here New Year’s eve.
Chuck Noland: Malaysia can’t be that bad. I’ll be here New Year’s eve.
Kelly Frears: [as Chuck opens her Christmas present, an antique watch] My grandaddy used it on the Southern Pacific.
Chuck Noland: [opens the watch and sees a picture of Kelly inside] Hey, I took this. This is my favorite picture of you. You know what I’m going to do? I’m always going to keep this on Memphis time. Kelly time!
Chuck Noland: [referring to his Christmas present for her] Sorry about the hand towels
Kelly Frears: No, no. I love them.
Chuck Noland: You’re hard to shop for.
Kelly Frears: Every time I wash my hands, I will think of you.
Chuck Noland: [as he walks back to Kelly to give her the car keys] You know, that reminds me. I almost forgot I had one more present for you. Only this isn’t an “open in the car” kind of present. Like, say, hand towels, which were a joke, by the way.
Kelly Frears: [referring to the small ring box he’s given her] I’m terrified.
Chuck Noland: Just take it and hold onto it, and you can open it on New Year’s eve. And I love you.
Chuck Noland: [kisses Kelly and turns to walk towards the airplane] I’ll be right back.
Chuck Noland: [to the pilots] Hey, is all this turbulence from Santa and those eight tiny reindeer?
Chuck Noland: [after the plane has crashed and ending up on a deserted island] Hello! Anybody?! Anybody?! Help! Help!
Chuck Noland: [after he keeps hearing a thumping noise he shouts] What is that?! Hey! Hey! Anybody?
Chuck Noland: [after burying and standing over the grave of a crew member] So, that’s it.
Chuck Noland: [after noticing a ship, turns on and off the flash light] Help me! Help! Right here! Right here! Help! Look here! Look, look, look! S.O.S. Please! Help! Come on! Help!
'We live and die by time, and we must not commit the sin of turning our back on time.' - Chuck Noland (Cast Away) Click To Tweet
Chuck Noland: [finds a birthday card from one of the FedEx boxes he’s opened] “Happy Birthday. The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself. Johnny, have the happiest birthday ever! Score! Your Grandpa.”
[takes out a volleyball from the box, which has the brand name of WILSON]
Chuck Noland: [as he’s trying to light a fire, looks over at the volleyball, Wilson] You wouldn’t have a match, by any chance, would you?
Chuck Noland: [celebrating, after successfully lighting up a fire] Look what I have created. I have made fire. I have made fire!
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson] You got to love crab. In the nick of time too. I couldn’t take much more of those coconuts. Coconut milk is a natural laxative. Things that Gilligan never told us.
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson, drawing on the cave walls] We were in route from Memphis for eleven and a half hours, for about four hundred and seventy miles an hour. So they think that we were right here. But we went out of radio contact and flew around that storm for about an hour. So that’s a distance of what, four hundred miles? Four hundred miles squared, that’s a hundred and sixty thousand times Pi.
Chuck Noland: [starts doing the calculations] That’s a search area of five hundred thousand square miles. That’s twice the size of Texas. They may never find us.
Chuck Noland: This tooth is just killing me. It started out just hurting when I bit down, but now, now it just hurts all the time. All the time. It’s a good thing there’s not much to eat around here, because I don’t think I could chew it. Just have to keep sucking on all that coconut and all that crab. And just think, I used to avoid going to the dentist! Like the plague. I’d avoid it every single chance I got. But now, oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a dentist right here in this cave. In fact, I wish you were dentist. Yeah. Doctor Wilson. You want to hear something funny? Back home in Memphis, my dentist’s name is Doctor James Spaulding.
Chuck Noland: [looks at his drawing of Kelly] She’s much prettier in real life.
Chuck Noland: [reading the label on a the port-a-potty that has washed ashore] Bakersfield? Bakersfield!
Chuck Noland: [figuring out that he can use the port-a-potty to sail in the water] This could work. This could work!
Chuck Noland: [referring to the amount of wood he’s brought to make his boat] Twenty-two. Forty-four lashings? Forty-four lashings. We have to make rope again. Wilson, we’re going to have to make a hell of a lot of rope.
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson, points at the calendar line he’s drawn on the cave wall] Here we are today. That give us another month and a half, until we’re into March and April, which is our best chances for the high tides and the offshore breezes. We need nearly four hundred and twenty-four feet of good rope, plus another fifty feet, say, for miscellaneous. That rounds that off to four hundred and seventy-five feet of good rope. Now, if we average, fifteen feet a day. Plus, we have to build it, we have to stock it, we have to launch it. That’s going to be tight. That is not much time. But we live and die by time, and we must not commit the sin of turning our back on time.
Chuck Noland: [laughs bitterly] I know. I know.
'Time rules over us without mercy. Not caring if we're healthy or ill. Hungry or drunk. Russian, American, beings from Mars. It's like a fire. It could either destroy us, or it could keep us warm.' - Chuck Noland (Cast Away) Click To Tweet
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson] Yeah, I know. I know where there’s thirty feet of extra rope! But I’m not going back up there.
Chuck Noland: [referring to the last bit of rope he’s brought from the top of the cliff] There. You happy? Do you have to keep bringing that up? Can’t you just forget it? Huh? You were right. You were right. It was a good thing that we did a test, because it wasn’t going to be just a quick little But it was the only option I had at the time though, okay? It was what, a year ago? So let’s just forget it.
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson] And what is your point? Well, we might just make it. Did that thought ever cross your brain? Well, regardless, I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean, than to stay here and die on this s**thole island, spending the rest of my life talking to a goddamn volleyball!
[kicks Wilson out of the cave]
Chuck Noland: [after he’s found Wilson] Oh! Never again! Never again. Never again. You okay? You okay? Yeah?
Chuck Noland: [putting fresh paint onto Wilson’s face on the volleyball] Yeah, I know you. I know you! I know you! So, we okay? Okay.
Chuck Noland: [to Wilson] You still awake? Me too. You scared? Me too.