Lisa Schwarzbaum
January 05, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Cast Away

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
132 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/22/00
performer
Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Chris Noth, Nick Searcy
director
Robert Zemeckis
Producers
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
William Broyles Jr.
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Tom Hanks towers in Robert Zemeckis’ ambitious epic Cast Away, an existential meditation about men and love and loneliness and survival and a FedEx employee (Hanks) who loses track of time when his delivery plane crashes on a South Seas desert island. (His last words to his girlfriend, played by Helen Hunt: ”I’ll be right back.”) The best part is the long, mesmerizing stretch during which Hanks acts alone, mostly in silence (except when conversing with a volleyball).

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