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'Cast Away' Turns 20 Today! Here Are 10 Facts

Tom Hanks 'Cast Away' Facts

There are many figures in pop culture that are synonymous with being stranded on a tropical island: "Robinson Crusoe", Swiss Family Robinson, and "Gilligan". The goal with Cast Away was to fashion a modern-day inclusion on that list and the filmmakers succeeded with their character "Chuck Noland".

In the 90s, Tom Hanks went from being a Hollywood actor to being THE Hollywood actor. In that decade, he won two Oscars back-to-back and is only one of two actors to accomplish this feat. The list of his movies running up to the year 2000 is very impressive: Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2. Also in the 90s, he also began to write, direct, and produce entertainment.

Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis is likewise a talented individual. His films preceding the 21st Century include such known titles as the Back to the Future Trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Contact. Cast Away was a reunion for Tom Hanks & Zemeckis and the film celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It is often referenced in memes warning people not to travel with Tom Hanks. For some additional fun facts about Cast Away, watch the video above.

Cast Away Turns 20 Today! Here are 10 Facts