Cast Away

Cast Away (2000)

Ending / spoiler

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Drifting at sea and barely alive, Chuck is rescued by a passing ship and returns home. His reunion with Kelly is bittersweet, however—she is now married and has a baby. They still love each other, but accept that she cannot abandon her family. Kelly has kept Chuck’s car and gives him the keys. He goes on a road trip to deliver the one unopened FedEx package from the island. He takes it to a small farm in the mid-west, but no one is home, and he leaves the package on the porch with a note. At a crossroads near the farm, Chuck stops to look at a map. A pretty redhead drives by and gives him directions. As she’s driving away, Chuck recognizes the logo on her truck as the same as the one that was hand painted on the package. The film ends with him looking in the direction that she’s just driven.

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Continuity mistake: When Chuck first goes over and sees the cave, it changes the camera angle and the sunlight is significantly dimmer and more orange, indicating a sunset.

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Chuck Noland: I couldn't even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over nothing.

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Trivia: Screenwriter William Broyles took survival courses and during that time a Wilson brand soccer ball washed up on shore - the inspiration for Wilson in the movie. The director Bob Zemeckis states in the feature voiceover that they changed it to a volley ball because "a soccer ball has all those black spots on it'.

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Question: Does anyone know what's officially in the mystery package and why Chuck never opens it, or is it just a 'McGuffin' like the briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

Answer: No one knows what was in the package. I think Chuck doesn't open it in order to keep his sanity. The package is his only link to his life before being stranded, working for FedEx and making sure packages get delivered. He was determined to make sure it got delivered just as he was determined to survive and get back to civilization. Success in one meant success in the other. While Zemeckis has joked there was a waterproof satellite phone in it, the real answer from the script is, no joke, salsa verde. Its a care package with a note imploring Bettina's (the artist) husband (naked cowboy) to come back and spice up their life like the salsa.

Answer: The package he got had divorce papers in them. He signed them and then placed them back in the package for return to her.

Answer: In the third draft of the movie there's a scene where Chuck opens the package and finds salsa and a note from the woman in the beginning asking her husband to come home. It's also revealed that she doesn't mind that he never got the package. Pretty unsatisfactory, probably why it was cut and left a mystery.

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