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Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 3:55 am

Can Tom Hanks really survive the crash in " Cast Away " ? It seems to me thats impossible ... BTW , did FedEx sponsored the movie ? There were lots of shots of FedEx plane ... In one sense its good for FedEX, since they got a whole lot of free " ad " time .... yet it creates some bad image because the plane crashed ...
If you are the CEO of some airline .... will you let your birds participate in some movies that will make it fall ?


RE: Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 4:03 am

Well its more the aircraft manufacturer (e.g. Boeing) who might not want people too see their plane being destroyed (although in "Airport" for example, the 707 is shown as very good).

BTW: I would let my aircraft (Maveric intl.) be involved in a film, but it would probably be more of a war film {'nuff said}.

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RE: Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 4:44 am

At the end of the film, Hanks' ex tells him that investigators thought the accident was caused by a hazardous material on board.
This creates an image that FedEx does not keep track of what goes on board.
Of course, this is good for FedEx because it illustrates the fact that transporting volatile goods can be catastrophic.
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RE: Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 4:53 am

How could he survive when the aircraft was cut to pieces. And the pilot must have been a real jerk seeing all that RED on the radar and just keep on going! How exactly was the vacum created in the cabin? I didn't see any broken windows or something! It came so suddenly that it seemed very fake. Never mind; how would they have created the plot?

RE: Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 5:08 am

That's the nice thing about the 707 kid.....It can do everything but read..... Joe Patroni
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RE: Can Tom Hanks Really Survive?

Fri Mar 02, 2001 5:43 am

In the movie, Tom Hanks flies in two different FedEx A300s. The first one (Moscow-Memphis) has a real A300 flight deck, but the one that crashes has a totally fake flight deck.

Now, what's exactly supposed to have caused the accident? Like Lewis says, what originated the vacuum? While watching the scene of the accident, I was looking for broken windows or a hole in the fuselage that would cause a loss of pressurization but found none.

Shortly before ditching, the Captain lowers a lever located in the upper panel, meaning that engine 1 was on fire.

Anyway, let's just remember that this is just a MOVIE. We can't expect it to be real.

What I think was a great achievement in the crash scene, is how with great realism it reproduces the atmosphere of complete horror that I imagine is experienced during an accident.


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