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Castaway [VHS] (1987)

Oliver Reed , Amanda Donohoe , Nicolas Roeg  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Oliver Reed, Amanda Donohoe, Georgina Hale, Frances Barber, Tony Rickards
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Lucy Irvine
  • Producers: Peter Shaw, Richard Johnson, Rick McCallum, Selwyn Roberts
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300273539
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

True story that started with an executive in London placing an ad for a woman to share a tropical paradise and wedded bliss, dreaming of sexual abandon. Unfortunately his partner doesn't share his dreams.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard one to get away with April 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Some will say that this was a shoddy attempt to retell an old story and shouldn't have been put before the public. I say it is a very good essay at what is an increasingly new story, and should be watched, thought about and digested by a wider audience than it has probably had.
True, it is a genuine R-rated movie, but I liked that part of this particular film. The heroine threw her clothes off the moment she found herself an actual castaway and had she done anything else, such as acting coy with the camera, I doubt the effect would have been the same. So moving on beyond the nudity, of which there is a genuine and, let's face it, realistic sufficiency, what else is left? Making a film about two people trying the experiment of getting far away from the traffic noise and the LOUD TVs AND RADIOS of their former lives (and who can blame them!), cannot have been easy. I mean, what do you do on the island? How do you cope with sudden isolation? How do you react to the only other human being nearby? Do you do anything at all, or do you laze the time away under the palm trees? And most of all, do you change, perhaps grow, maybe learn something more about yourself or the world or other people? All these questions and more are asked and answers are attempted, making this a very thoughtful piece, which at times reaches impressive heights of film-making. Sure we have to struggle a bit with the "plot," but so do the actors. It isn't easy, nor should it be, doing what they have set out to do.
It is also a film that is full of nice touches, like the loud news casts in the beginning which cause us to miss the (English) dialogue.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
This film just about cured me of my annual February fantasies about escaping from our bleak winters. Those who consider this a standard male fantasy film about sharing a desert island with a beautiful young woman weren't paying much attention. It does start out that way, paunchy, fifty something man advertises specifically for a pretty woman in her 20s to share the adventure for one year which he intends to write a book about. It rapidly blows up in his face. That they realistically portray this decidedly unheroic man facing his personal realities as he fails again and again to provide food, shelter, and be a source of sexual attraction to his increasingly frustrated, bored and literally starving young woman is what makes this movie stand out from the usual Hollywood "manly-man impresses woman right into bed" feature film. And it is a true story. At the end of the year together they go their separate ways happy never to have to see each other again. Interestingly, I hear the woman wrote the book and was published within months of leaving the island. I don't know if the man ever did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of a movie I thought was gone forever October 15, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful movie for multiple reasons. The beautiful landscapes, the interesting relationship that is built between Reed and Donohoe, and the mounting strain of being castaway. Inserted shots of their withered bodies, in conjunction with their images of self is truely gripping. Full of freedom, aka nudity, the roles of man and woman are explored with an honest beauty. While there are some moments with other people on the island that are not as well conceived, some of these moments show the flaws and insecuritites of man beautifully. A movie that is not for everyone, but nice if your looking for something different and beautiful to look at. With such a small audience I was surprised to see a rather old movie still available for purchase. Buy it while you can. I would say hold out for a DVD release, but I am surprised it is even around at all! Who knows if a DVD for this title will ever be produced.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Look November 19, 2000
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It's a familiar story: "Let's spend a year on a deserted island." Oliver Reed and Amanda Donohoe are both great as the couple who do this...Reed places and ad, Donohoe answers it, they tumble into bed, and in a few months, they are dropped off at their island in the South Pacific. It seems iyllic, and indeed it is, but things soon begin to fall apart. Shortly after arriving, Reed's feet and legs swell, and he develops hideous, supurating sores all over them. Donohoe becomes angry, shrewish, and pretty much stays that way. We never know why, exactly, this happens--Donohoe thinks Reed is lazy; Reed just...loses his health. Eventually, they become malnourished, but this can't be the reason for Reed's initial decline...they have plenty of food, at least at first.
The couple's slow decline is just that--slow. Donohoe's increasing shrewishness becomes tedious. Still, it's an enjoyable movie. Even though it leaves some questions naggingly unanswered, it also grabs the audience, and holds us, but allowing us to speculate on how *we* would react in such a situation. After all, this movie's scenario is darn near every guy's fantasy: stranded on a deserted island with a beautiful young woman who is almost always naked. (Amanda Donohoe is not shy in this movie.) This, of course, is Reed's dream, too, and it becomes a nightmare.
The movie is flawed, but enjoyable to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I read the book first.
After reading a book, it is always interesting to then see the movie to see how accurately the subject is portrayed. I wasn't disappointed in this movie.
Published 8 months ago by Joanne Sellner
5.0 out of 5 stars Castaway
Here is an enjoyable drama about two people that draw up a contract to be a Robinson Crusoe like couple on an island. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rodney M. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Reed in Castaway
I like this movie because it deals with a subject that I think people sometimes consider, trying to survive on a deserted island,I really like Oliver Reed as a very believable... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Richard Craiglow
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific film!
Where was I hiding when this movie was released? I read the book and had no idea a film had been made. I was surprised. It's a gripping film with fabulous vistas. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. Morbius
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy Irvine's review, from the UK
I found that lucy Irving wrote a comment on the movie. Go to: Amazon UK. Castaway, VHS (not DVD) and see what she has to say about the movie. It will answer some questions. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by Captain Zeroid
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful study of the search 4 that love beyond sexualilty
I consider this movie a must see for one category of people and a don't waste your time for another category. Read more
Published on January 27, 2005 by Richard L. Nevitt
4.0 out of 5 stars True Reality Viewing
The day dream of anyone I ever met, put to screen in a fairly representative version of the book by Lucy Irvine who actually did pursue her dream of living on a deserted... Read more
Published on February 23, 2004 by Max de Bruyn
2.0 out of 5 stars They have to be kidding to give more than 3 stars!
They have to be kidding to give this more than 3 stars! Lets start with the film making.. Its aweful. Read more
Published on August 26, 2003 by JediMack
5.0 out of 5 stars ACTING
I came across this film again,
I saw it first some years ago,
Two people, island, stranded game,
The best of acting I have known. Read more
Published on January 22, 2003 by Boris Zubry
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Lacking in Movies of the 90's is Here!
An ugly, fat, middle aged guy on a deserted island with a young twenty something
year old woman who likes to run around buck nekkid! The essential male fantasy film! Read more
Published on May 17, 2002 by Mr. Tickle Snort
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