Tom Hanks "gives one of the towering screen performances of all time" (New York Post) as Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only just begun...
**Feature with Optional Commentary by Robert Zemeckis and Crew
Cast & Crew
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.
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.
Hanks conducts a master class in acting by showing a man losing his sense of himself in fractional gradations.
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.
Cast Away amounts to little more than an unprecedented showcase for its star.
Dig deep and you'll find a film that's even richer than what its handsome surface seems to reveal.