In Cast Away could Tom Hanks’s character have done anything on the desert island different which would have improved his situation more?

  1. Stripped the dead aircraft crewman before burying him, he’d have had more clothing available.

  2. creating shoes sooner, way sooner.

  3. The writers and producers of the film got together and created a list of what they thought would be the most useless things to have with you on a desert island, hence the ice skates, party dress, volleyball.

    Then they gave that list to a team of survival experts who came back with a list of uses that they incorporated into the film.

    He did pretty well.

  4. He should have made sure to shut off that flashlight instead of letting it go dead the first night.

    He should have opened that package. There could have been something in there that could have changed his situation.

  5. Launch his raft on the opposite side of the island. Dumb ass kept fighting the trade wind blowing in. If he went out the other way, the island would have shielded the launch and made it easy to get out to sea. When he climbs to the top of the peak on the island you can clearly see it.

  6. Just so you all know, the contents of the package:

    In the third draft of the screenplay (March 13, 1998)the package is opened by Chuck on the island after he has lived there for 1000 days. In the package he finds two cans of salsa and a note that reads “You said our life was a prison. Dull. Boring. Empty. I can’t begin to tell you how much that hurt. I don’t want to lose you. I’m enclosing some salsa, the verde you like. Use it on your sticky rice and think of home. Then come home– to me. We’ll find the spice in our lives again. Together. I love you. Always. Bettina.”

    Kind of sad to think that whoever that note was for probably didn’t come back home.

  7. Yes! Within the first couple of nights, he sees search lights off in the distance. He tries to signal them with his tiny flashlight.

    If he had a raging fire going already, he may have been found quickly. Make a huge fire at night. Make lots of smoke during the day.

  8. To improve his situation, he should have had a pyre on top of the peak ready to go as if he were trying to signal Gondor.

  9. I haven’t seen the movie in a while so I may be mistaken. I remember being frustrated with how he was making rope. You should take the thin bark from small trees for rope, cut it into strips then twist it together like you’re making a two-ply braid . The vines he used wouldn’t be very flexible or strong.

  10. It was tight knit. His spearing skills and improv of things like the skates was well done.

    Don’t mean to steal other points but leave on the lee-side is best. You’re just floating, may as well float from the safe side. It was more dramatic to go into the waves but its hard to believe the “get caught in the wrong current” thing.

    Build a bigger raft and take more provisions. Have a sunshade. Get fat first.

    Have fires ready in the shape of “dot, dot, dot, dash, dash, dash, dot, dot, dot”

  11. Made a hole in Wilson

  12. He should have gone looking for the hatch.

  13. he should’ve lashed together a couple of sea turtles using the hair from his back

  14. Draw up plans for a coconut radio and, if possible, a coconut Nintendo system.

  15. He could have taken a moment to be happy that he wasn’t a british child with a bunch of other british children trapped on the island.