Did everyone "get" the ending of Cast Away?

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  1. Artur Meinild

    Artur Meinild Screenwriter

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    I just watched this movie last night, and while I think it's a great film and an even greater DVD, I was wondering if all of you got the ending right.
    You are not told this directly in the picture, but the redhead Chuck talks to in the end IS in fact Bettina Peterson, the girl whose package he didn't open on the island and returned just 2 minutes before he meets her...
    I think it's a great ending! [​IMG]
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  2. Jason Seaver

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    I'd be really surprised if anyone did not get the ending of Cast Away; Zemeckis wasn't exactly going for subtle, having Chuck standing in the middle of a crossroads and all.
     
  3. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    Not to mention that Hanks talked about the crossroads ending in more than one interview when the film was released.
    And yes, Artur, I think most of us realized who the woman is.
    M.
     
  4. Artur Meinild

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    Well, I didn't think any different... EDIT: Upon second viewing I realize that it's actually her in the beginning, and that the gate says Dick & Bettina first, but in the end it reads only Bettina... Cool detail, but I didn't notice that in the first place. [​IMG]
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  5. Tom-G

    Tom-G Screenwriter

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    I have to admit that I didn't know that woman was Bettina Peterson. I should have caught it the first time, but I didn't watch it again.
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  6. Bruce Hedtke

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    Well, the wings on her tailgate should have made it clear. And, yeah, the crossroads referral was hokey, but it was also pretty effective.
    Bruce
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