Tom Hanks in Cast Away

My Favorite Scene: Cast Away (2000) “Who Knows What the Tide Might Bring In?”

Good movies entertain and divert you; great movies stick with you and become part of your cultural lexicon; then there are the few that change you.  Something in them finds something in you and for the rest of your life you’ll look at things differently for having seen that film.  It’s so rare.  Maybe once or twice a decade if you’re fortunate.

Cast Away didn’t start off being that important to me.  I really loved it.  I thought it was the best movie of 2000 (definitely better than Gladiator) and it really touched me, but it wasn’t until several viewings later that this scene latched on to how I view things.  It’s at the very end of the film after Tom Hanks’ character has made it off the island and found that everything that gave him hope to survive those years there is gone and he’s once again alone.  He’s sits with his friend and tells him how he survived and how he plans to go forward.  I don’t watch it often, because it wrecks me a bit, but the words have been with me when I needed them.
Tom Hanks, Cast Away

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