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Sunday July 21st 2019

Cast Away | 2000

Cast Away filming location: Monu-Riki, Fijian Islands, South Pacific
Cast Away location: Chuck Noland survives on the South Seas island: Monu-Riki, Fijian Islands, South Pacific | Photograph: Shutterstock / Paolo Ponga

Contrary to appearances, the film wasn’t financed by FedEx, despite the prominence of the brand.

The prologue sees demanding systems engineer Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in Russia giving the local staff a hard time. This really is Moscow, on a street just off Red Square.

It's not long before Norland's globetrotting ends when the plane he's travelling in plummets into the South Pacific Ocean.

Now, if you’re going to be stranded on a remote island for years, you could do worse than one of the Fijian Islands in the South Pacific.

And, yes, the island on which Noland spends four years surviving is Monu-Riki. The beautiful island is uninhabited, but you can visit it by boat from Denarau Island, which is actually connected by a causeway to the west side of the main Fijian island, Viti Levu.

The attempted raft escape filmed on the island of Namotu. It’s a private six-acre island, but does boast an exclusive resort.

The long-undelivered package is ultimately picked up in the tiny town of Canadian on Rote 60, in the Texas Panhandle, where the film company found that crossroads stretching uninterrupted to the horizon.