Did You Know These Behind-The-Scenes Facts About "Cast Away"?

Director Robert Zemeckis and actor Tom Hanks tag-teamed several films together. One of the most iconic films the duo made was "Cast Away." Here we breakdown how the film was made and which behind-the-scenes tricks were used to bring the story to life...

Wilson Is Worth $18K Today

The iconic prop was the only lifeline Chuck had on the island, and he treated the old volleyball like a friend. During the scene where Wilson floats out to sea during Chuck's escape, it's one of cinema's most heartbreaking moments. Recently, the original volleyball sold for $18,400 in an online auction.


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The More You Know

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  • Both volleyball and basketball were invented in Massachusetts.
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