Cast Away script
Cast Away (2000)
Synopsis: Cast Away is a 2000 American epic survival drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, and Nick Searcy. The film depicts a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific and his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's cargo. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards for his performance.

FADE IN:

EXT. MARFA, TEXAS - 1993 - WIDE - DAY

The Texas plains, horizon to horizon, nothing but the browns

and ochres of earth and the blue and violet of the sky. The

sheer scope of it sinks in: the blank slate of nature, the

absence of man. On the screen superimpose:

MARFA, TEXAS, 1993.

CREDITS BEGIN.

A plume of dust comes into frame. The dust is from a TRUCK,

orange and white and violet, with "FedEx" blazoned across the

side.

The truck turns into a collection of ramshackle World War II

era Quonset huts and outbuildings. Around the outbuildings

are large sculptures of wood and metal.

EXT. QUONSET HUT - DAY

The door is opened by a WOMAN in her late twenties. Hair

pulled back, casual, an artist. She hands the DRIVER a FedEx

BOX which is decorated with a drawing of two ANGEL WINGS.

The Driver has a hand-held computer; a portable printer

dangles from his belt.

The Driver scans the package with his hand-held computer,

prints out a label and sticks it on the Box, ready to go.

But something on the box catches her eye. She wants it back.

He glances at his watch. She draws RINGS around the Wings,

uniting them. She gives the box to the Driver, then hands

him a cup of coffee. They've done this before.

He takes a sip of the coffee, then runs for the truck. He

jumps in and heads back onto the plains.

EXT. FEDEX OFFICE - MIDLAND/ODESSA - NIGHT - HOURS LATER

The Driver jams the distinctive Angel Wing Box on top of a

dolly and loads it into a CONTAINER with clear plastic sides.

A female Loader slaps a large bar code label on the

container, scans it, then pulls the container across a belt

of rollers onto a larger truck. The doors of the truck

close. The latch slams down.

A forklift hoists the container to the cargo doors of a 737.

EXT. MEMPHIS AIRPORT SUPERHUB - NIGHT

The 737 lands.

EXT. SUPERHUB - NIGHT - MINUTES LATER

One of a seemingly endless line of FedEx planes, our 737

taxis to a gate at the FedEx SUPERHUB. The Hub is a vast

living organism -- loud, complex, overwhelming, as much a

symbol of modern life as was the factory in Modern Times.

Five thousand people work in a frenzy of interconnected

activity inside three vast hangers brightly lit. Hundreds of

forklifts and cargo-pullers dart about, their headlights

crisscrossing like a laser show.

Loaders quickly roll the container onto a FORKLIFT.

INT. MEMPHIS SUPERHUB - NIGHT

The forklift speeds inside one of the hangers to a LOADING

BELT, where our Box is spilled into a Mississippi River of

packages, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of them, all shapes and

sizes, from shoe boxes to engine blocks. Large mechanical

arms divert the immense flow of Workers at dozens of

stations. The packages surge and move.

The Workers place the packages label-side-up on new belts,

where they're scanned by laser readers. Picking up speed our

Box is shunted across the acres of interlocking belts.

The Box ends up in a much larger CONTAINER labeled CDG.

EXT. MEMPHIS SUPERHUB - NIGHT

A forklift lifts the Container to a door on a giant MD-11.

INT. GLOBAL OPERATIONS CENTER - NIGHT

A jumbled room jammed with computers and dominated by a HUGE

WALL GRAPHIC that charts hundreds of airplanes. An Operator

moves a yellow strip labeled Jumbo 12 across the board.

EXT. CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT - DAY

SERIES OF SHOTS:

The giant place touches down in Paris. The Angel Wing Box

moves quickly on another belt and disappears into another

CONTAINER, which is loaded onto still another AIRPLANE.

EXT. ST. PETERSBURG AIRPORT, RUSSIA - NIGHT

The plane lands. The container is unloaded down a belt. We

see our Angel Box. Directly in front of it is a DENTED BOX.

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William Broyles Jr.

William Dodson "Bill" Broyles Jr. is an American screenwriter, who has worked on the television series China Beach, and the films Apollo 13, Cast Away, Entrapment, Planet of the Apes, Unfaithful, The Polar Express, and Jarhead. more…

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