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So, Where Was Cast Away Filmed?
The Cast Away movie was filmed on Monuriki, a member of the Mamanuca Islands. It is in a subgroup of the Mamanuca archipelago, which is sited off the coast of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. The island used for filming is at 17°36′42″S 177°02′02″E / -17.611547, 177.033777 The island has become a tourist attraction following the film’s release. Upon Chuck’s return, Kelly explains to Chuck that when he was found, he had “drifted 500 miles”, and the island was “about 600 miles south of the Cook Islands.” There is no land between Antarctica and the southern-most Cook Islands of Mangaia.
Robert Zemeckis has stated in many interviews that FedEx did not pay anything for their presence in the movie, though Fred Smith, the CEO of FedEx at the time, made an appearance as himself as the one to welcome Chuck home. Chuck’s “coming-home” scene was also filmed on location at FedEx’s home facilities in Memphis, Tennessee. Initially, FedEx Corporation did not like the plane crash scene. The movie increased FedEx’s brand awareness in Asia and Europe
The body of one of the flight crew washes up on the island along with several FedEx packages. Chuck buries the pilot and neatly piles away all of the washed up packages. After an attempt to leave the island in the inflatable raft (the same he came in) fails because the surf is too strong, Chuck realizes that his stay on the island may be prolonged. He then opens all the packages, except for one with an angels’ wings logo, and finds a practical use for whatever is inside. One package contains a Wilson volleyball, on which Chuck leaves a bloody hand print that inadvertently resembles a face. He names the ball “Wilson” and starts speaking to it. He develops a deep, friendship-like dependency with this volleyball and his conversations with it are almost exclusively the only times he talks while on the island.