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      Castaway

      R Released Sep 11, 1987 1 hr. 57 min. Drama List
      91% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 73% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score A London secretary (Amanda Donohoe) answers an ad to join a man (Oliver Reed) on a tropical island and be his wife. Read More Read Less

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      Jim P This is a great desert island story packed with powerful imagery. The books are worth reading too Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/26/23 Full Review Shioka O Odd tale but the setting is beautiful. Interestingly it's not emotionally moving, because its highly observative on their change. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Lucy Irvine wrote the book Castaway all about the year that she spent living with writer Gerald Kingsland on the isolated island of Tuin, between New Guinea and Australia. Director Nicolas Roeg made this adaption, working from a script by Allan Scott. Irvine is played by Amanda Donahue, while Kingsland is Oliver Reed. Donahue said of this film, "Well, naked on a desert island with Oliver Reed – it was a tabloid fantasy, wasn't it? He was an alcoholic and his behavior was erratic, but he was always a courteous and good actor." Yeah, Reed lost weight to be in this movie by using the vodka diet. Kate Bush was the initial choice to play Irvine but didn't want to be nude for the entire film. Instead, she sent her song "Be Kind to My Mistakes." Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review charlie l A strange and altogether useless moviegoing experience. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Castaway left an impression on my brain and made me an admirer of the great Nichoasl Roeg. This is not the Tom Hanks Castaway but the Nicholas Roeg one full of complete nudity and great acting. Both Oliver Reed and Amanda Donahue are amazing as the couple who chose to live on an island for a year, and even more astonishingly this is based on real life events. Nicholas Roeg is an acquired taste and this film is strictly for cinephiles but you will be rewarded if you give it a chance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This is not the Tom Hanks Castaway but the Nicholas Roeg one full of complete nudity and great acting. Both Oliver Reed and Amanda Donahue are amazing as the couple who chose to live on an island for a year, and even more astonishingly this is based on real life events. Nicholas Roeg is an acquired taste and this film is strictly for cinephiles but you will be rewarded if you give it a chance.(An offbeat art film by the great Nicholas Roeg). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Wendy Ide Times (UK) Oliver Reed gave his last great screen performance in Nicolas Roeg’s scenic adaptation of Lucy Irvine’s bestselling memoir. Nov 28, 2023 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader Rated: 3/4 Feb 20, 1987 Full Review Juan Carlos Coto South Florida Sun-Sentinel Much of Castaway is about as exciting as watching an ordinary middle-aged man spend a year on a tropical island with an ordinary younger woman. Rated: 2/4 Aug 19, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com While not of the same potency of Roeg's earlier, famed decade, Castaway has its merits, and DP Harvey Harrison's island landscapes are deserving of a restoration. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 10, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Despite all its short-comings, Roeg never lets things get dull--his camera sees to that. Rated: B Jun 21, 2010 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A London secretary (Amanda Donohoe) answers an ad to join a man (Oliver Reed) on a tropical island and be his wife.
      Director
      Nicolas Roeg
      Executive Producer
      Richard Johnson, Peter Shaw
      Screenwriter
      Allan Scott
      Distributor
      Cannon Film Distributors
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 11, 1987, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $229.9K
      Sound Mix
      Surround