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An exploration of human survival and the ability of fate to alter even the tidiest of lives with one major event, Cast Away tells the story of Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks), a Federal Express engineer who devotes most of his life to his troubleshooting job. His girlfriend Kelly (Helen Hunt) is often neglected by his dedication to work, and his compulsive personality suggests a conflicted man. But on Christmas Eve, Chuck proposes marriage to Kelly right before embarking on a large assignment. On the assignment, a plane crash strands Chuck on a remote island, and his fast-paced life is slowed to a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Though Hanks comes across as blandly as ever, at least his solid performance shows he's up to carrying half a movie on his own, and Zemeckis' direction is at first as busily efficient as the protagonist."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"one-man show"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Remains one of the more vividly transporting films I've come into contact with. It's heartbreaking, darkly comedic, bravely observational, and ultimately, pure emotional poetry."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Zemeckis' tranquil control never wavers."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Hanks's Everyman quality has never been more aptly utilized: He's the perfect stand-in for all of us who never made it to Eagle Scout."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"The scenes of Hanks' complete isolation on the island, where barely a sound is heard for minutes at a time, are the best thing about Cast Away."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Tom Hanks' powerful, brutal and mature story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A gripping survival drama and one of my favorites of 2000."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I wish that all of the film's 144 minutes were spent alone with Hanks."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Cast Away isn't the first to recognize our modern need for primal tales, but it is among the most accomplished. It plugs straight into our unplugged fantasies."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"As melancholy as it is affirming, "Cast Away" tells a darkly comic, occasionally punishing parable about what happens when humans lose sight of humility in life's grand scheme - an interesting thematic twin to Tom Hanks' own "Joe vs. the Volcano.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"The beginning and ending of the film are a bit underdeveloped, but that's just quibbling."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"This is Mr. Zemeckis' most confident directing to date. If he only had as much faith in his audience."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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