henpol747
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"Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:22 am

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.

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:58 am

No, it is in no way based on a true story.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:00 am

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:29 am


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.

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:32 am


Spacecadet, sorry, but it was indeed an A300F
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:38 am

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.

 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:44 am

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!
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:54 am

It was an MD-11 and it was an entirely fictional story.
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Fri Oct 29, 2004 9:55 am

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.


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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 2:31 am

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

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 2:40 am

I dont recall any other negative refeences to the MD11 in the public.
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 2:53 am

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:13 am

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:14 am

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:18 am

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.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 3:23 am

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)

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 4:01 am

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 7:53 pm

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Sun Oct 31, 2004 9:14 pm

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...
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:17 am

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

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:41 am

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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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Mon Nov 01, 2004 9:05 pm

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

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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Mon Nov 01, 2004 10:18 pm

Where in "The Day After Tomorrow" can you see that?
I didn't notice it...
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Mon Nov 01, 2004 11:09 pm

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!
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Tue Nov 02, 2004 5:31 am

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.
 
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:06 pm

u shd have seen An225-Mriya crash slowly (like a zeppelin) in Die Another Day.
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:47 pm

I thought it was an An-124 in die another day? I do remember it pulling apart slowly in the movie haha
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RE: "Cast Away" Accident Question

Tue Nov 02, 2004 7:46 pm

The Avianca 707 crashed in NY in January 1990, and it was near
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