#Castaway March 22

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Cast Away

Several Sunday ago I watched the movie Cast Away for the first time in many years. The ending of this film left me hanging with a number of unanswered questions.

If you don’t know the movie’s plot here you go. It is story about a Memphis TN FedEx employee Chuck Noland (Played by Tom Hanks), who finds himself a castaway on the shore of an unpopulated island in the South Pacific after his FedEx plane crashes.

He keeps himself alive for five years using FedEx packages. He also has a quest to get back to his girlfriend played by Helen Hunt.

He opens all the packages that wash up onshore except one. The one that he did not opened is shown below. It is addressed from Bettina Peterson to Dick Peterson.


It is never directly stated but implied in the movie that he makes a promise to himself to get back to Memphis and deliver that package to the sender with the Angel Wings.

He gets rescued after a harrowing experience on a raft at sea. He finds out his girlfriend has moved on and married someone else after five years. He is left to ponder what to do next.

There are some great quotes in the movie but maybe none better than the one found below. It is pretty good advice for all of us whether we feel like a castaway or not.

“And I know what I have to do now. I got to keep breathing. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

Good blog post by Neeraj Kaple on some of the great quotes in Cast Away.

So back to the ending of Cast Away.

I heard it said that the opening scene in a movie and the closing scene are the two that tie it all together. Those two parts of a movie tell or complete the story. In the case of Cast Away there are two things that didn’t get told to my curiosity.

I don’t know what was in the FedEx package Chuck Noland was delivering and I don’t know which direction he is headed as he stands on a Texas crossroad at the movie’s end. The opening scene and closing scene are both at the farm/art studio of Dick and Bettina Peterson played by Lari White.

In the opening scene she sends a package via FedEx with Angel Wings delivered to a naked cowboy in Moscow named Dick Peterson.  The package returned to Bettina Peterson by Chuck Noland at the end of the movie is addressed to man named Dick Peterson living in Malaysia.

Lot of possibilities on the answers to those two questions of what was in the package and which way does Chuck go when faced with a crossroad decision. The last question is one all of us will probably face at some time. What direction do we head in?

Beginning Scene-Two Clips

Ending Scene


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