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"Cast Away" Accident Question  
User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4731 times:

In the movie "cast away" with Tom Hanks, there is an accident of a Fedex A300F. Did this accident really happened, since the movie is based on actual facts. I haven´t been able to find anything about that particular event.

Thanks,

Henpol747


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User currently offlineDispatcher From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 253 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4607 times:

No, it is in no way based on a true story.

User currently offlineSpacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3594 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4598 times:

Yeah, I don't know where you're getting that this was a true story. It wasn't.

I thought it was an MD-11 or DC-10 anyway. But in any case, it never happened.



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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4562 times:


Wouldn´t Fedex be upset to see their name in a movie that portrays an accident if it weren´t true? Generally, accidents that haven´t happened in the real world are portrayed in movies with fake airlines. Some articles spoke about that particular movie as "based in actual facts", although I don´t know to what extent.

Henpol747



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User currently offlineHenpol747 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 588 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4551 times:


Spacecadet, sorry, but it was indeed an A300F



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User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

Actually, you are both right. He is shown walking toward an A300 on the ramp in MEM but the shots of the cockpit and in flight are definitely of an MD-11.



User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4523 times:

If I remember right, the scene where Hanks is in the ocean, immediately after the crash, there an engine on the tail...... So he boards an A300F, flies in an MD-11, and could of had a DC-10 engine crash behind him!

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8182 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4497 times:

It was an MD-11 and it was an entirely fictional story.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

So he boards an A300F, flies in an MD-11, and could of had a DC-10 engine crash behind him!

This is in the ranks of "when in Northweast going to get rid of their DC-9's" for most asked and beat to death questions.

The crash aircraft is clearly an MD-11...we only 'assume' he boards an A300 as it is the plane closest to the employee ramp gate. The shot NEVER shows him walking toward the plane, only the Security Gate.


[Edited 2004-10-29 02:57:04]


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User currently offlineBmacleod From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 2230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

The MD-11 has had enough negative coverage. Why didn't the movie producers realize this and crash a A300 instead?

[Edited 2004-10-30 19:42:19]


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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4249 times:

I dont recall any other negative refeences to the MD11 in the public.


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User currently offlineArniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

The MD-11 has had enough negative coverage. Why didn't the movie producers realize this and crash a A300 instead?

A cargo A300 could never make Memphis-Tahiti.
Thinking about it the MD 11 would be the only plausible solution anyway.



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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4194 times:

Was he going to Subic Bay? I know there is alot of talk about this when it first came out. Needless to say thats how a crash is like I'm sure. I hope I never experience that.


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User currently offlineAirtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3702 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4189 times:
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The show him walikng onto the ramp with A300's all around, but they never show him boarding the airplane. When they have the flight deck shots it is most definately the MD-11, it is an all glass cockpit.


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User currently offlineSfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

I'm curious as to how the deal went for the movie. Did Fedex get paid, did Fedex pay to have their name all over the place, or did Fedex get all the advertising for free since the producers wanted to crash one of their planes.

If they wanted to make the plane that Tom Hanks was one a passenger aircraft, they would have used a fictional airline name, like TransNational or something like that. No passenger airline wants bad press about their planes crashing.


User currently offlinePyroGX41487 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

If I remember correctly, didn't that odd-balled TV-series about an aircraft that crashed and how the victims survived (That reminds people of Gilligans Island) have a Delta L1011? (In old livery)

Kill me if I'm wrong ^^;;


User currently offlineAussieboggie From Australia, joined Sep 2000, 92 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4129 times:

Actually Memphis to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, KUL or Penang, PEN.

http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=4493&reviewer=235
http://www.all-reviews.com/videos-2/cast-away-3.htm



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User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1135 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3903 times:

The interior shots were actually made on board an MD11. The exterior shots were made at FedEx's facilities in LAX, MOW and MEM, and in Monu-riki and other locations of the Mamanuca-i-ra group of Fiji. FedEx had nothing to do with the producers, much less put money into it (it's against the corporate policies). DreamWorks thought FX was the only character that could set up the high-demanding standards necessary to add drama to the movie, in which Hanks' character could develop under ideal circumstances: his 'absolutely, positively, whatever it takes' attitude is indeed a FedEx trademark... FedEx's involvement was to put a Marketing team to follow up closely, and that's it.

Actually, FX was hesitant to participate in the movie,as there is more than one negative image shown: the obvious crash (at the end of the movie, Helen Hunt tells Hanks the crash was thought to have been provoked by a 'mislabeled hazardous material problem' (or words to that effect), not a storm); a dirty courier van in Moscow, a smoking courier using an old uniform and showing a four-day beard, a child running with the package for the last leg of the delivery (all the foregoing a problem being fixed by Hanks)...

However, all of the above was measured against the chances of displaying FX's corporate image all over, and the obvious impact of being the first company to become a character in a movie, in its own right. What's more, I believe that all that display of attention Hanks gets from FedEx upon his return is very real, and very likely to happen if a similar circumstance should take place. It's part of FedEx's 'people first' philosophy.

This thread is living proof that the impact was great, as the issue is being discussed here four years after the movie release. It means it remains in the people's minds.

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User currently offlineFlyibaby From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

Aussieboggie,

I believe you are correct. In flight, they were calling Tahiti control to advise they were manuvering around the storm before the tragedy starts...


User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Why did FedEx agree to have their name used in an air crash in the movie?

Horus

p.s. I haven't actually watched it...yet



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

Why did FedEx agree to have their name used in an air crash in the movie?

Because Fred got a staring role.....!!!



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User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2537 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3484 times:

if u watch the movie "the day after tomorrow" you will see the Avianca 707 that crashed from fuel starvation in NYC in part of the movie lol! i think that was way back in the 70s

oops



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User currently offlineSK973 From Sweden, joined Mar 2004, 327 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3411 times:

Where in "The Day After Tomorrow" can you see that?
I didn't notice it...


User currently offlinePilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2537 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3358 times:

they show people watching tv in the movie and there is a brief section on all flights being cancelled and how 1-2 flights didnt make it, there is a 2-3 second time frame in the tv in the movie flashes to the non-burning wreckage of the 707's orange tail!


The only time there is too much fuel onboard, is when you're on fire!
User currently offlineTWAalltheway From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 144 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

The movie was based on actual facts, but not on facts of an actual accident. The producer/writer...whatever, he and a team spent a period of time actually living on an island, starting off with nothing and trying to come up with ways to use the islands resources. The team made detailed notes of how they progressed, and then wrote Hank's actions based on theirs.

25 Airindia : u shd have seen An225-Mriya crash slowly (like a zeppelin) in Die Another Day. mother of all movie plane disasters..............
26 Pilotaydin : I thought it was an An-124 in die another day? I do remember it pulling apart slowly in the movie haha
27 ARCJET : The Avianca 707 crashed in NY in January 1990, and it was near Tennis Star John McEnroe's house.
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