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Castaway [VHS]

4.2 out of 5 stars 19 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 (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300273539
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,626 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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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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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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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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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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