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Cast Away: The Zemeckis/Silvestri Collaboration
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Robert Townson
David Bifano
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Varèse Sarabande
(February 13th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek only the necessary material from Cast Away, as well as samples from the previous nine scores that comprised the collaboration between Alan Silvestri and Robert Zemeckis at the time.

Avoid it... if you seek the full twenty or so minutes of material from Cast Away, most of which is redundant and some of which wasn't even composed by Silvestri anyway.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #209
WRITTEN 2/15/01, REVISED 11/8/08
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Cast Away: The Zemeckis/Silvestri Collaboration: (Alan Silvestri) Collaborations between directors and composers can often span six or seven films over many decades, and while it is no record, the highly acclaimed 2000 film Cast Away represented the tenth pairing of director Robert Zemeckis and composer Alan Silvestri. Even though their first project together was highly disappointing Romancing the Stone, Zemeckis and Silvestri became famous with their monumentally successful Back to the Future and its sequels. The remarkable result of Forrest Gump was unparalleled critical praise for the two, and that praise once again arose for Cast Away. Zemeckis and Silvestri are very close friends, and the trust that the director has for the composer is evident through the wide diversity of the genres that the two tackle together. Even while they were preparing and recording What Lies Beneath in early 2000, they were hard at work with Cast Away, which figured to be the blockbuster hit of the holiday season that year. And, without a doubt, Cast Away was a success. Tom Hanks' portrayal of a man stranded on a small island for an extended time was equaled by the sensitivity of Helen Hunt's short performance as his grieving wife. Even more interesting for film score fans is the fact that Zemeckis chose to include less than 15 minutes of music for the entire duration of the film (a film which is, surprisingly, quite long). It was an effective choice, enhancing the feeling of alienation that Hanks' character experiences on the island. Only once he begins his attempt to leave that island does the slight string, woodwind, and piano theme begin. When he loses Wilson (a ball he has desperately befriended) on that journey, the theme announces the arrival of the emotionally traumatizing final act.



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Toby - November 13, 2002, at 7:37 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:05
• 1. Romancing the Stone: End Credits (5:20)
• 2. Back to the Future: Theme (3:18)
• 3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Suite (4:59)
• 4. Back to the Future, Part II: Suite (4:35)
• 5. Back to the Future, Part III: End Credits (4:03)
• 6. Death Becomes Her: End Credits (5:49)
• 7. Forrest Gump: Suite (8:52)
• 8. Contact: End Credits (8:00)
• 9. What Lies Beneath: End Credits (6:36)
• 10. Cast Away: End Credits (7:30)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a note from producer Robert Townson about the collaboration between Zemeckis and Silvestri. The theme for Cast Away appeared in a 2003 spoof advertisement of the film for FedEx. It was also used by the 2008 presidential campaign of Barack Obama in some of the biographical films produced on his behalf.
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