I am very fond of the main theme music composed by Alan Silvestri for the 2000 Film Cast Away. I imagine most of you would be familiar with this American survival drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Cast Away contains no original musical score until Chuck escapes the island. It first appears in the scene when Wilson (the Volleyball) falls off the raft and floats away. Chuck awakens and futilely attempts to rescue Wilson but is left to grieve over his loss. It’s a very moving scene especially set to this music.
It’s a minimal score but Alan Silvestre won the Academy Award in 2002. Ironically the film is noted for its lack of score. The main sounds apart from talking are creature sound effects (such as bird song or insect sounds) while Chuck is on the island, which is intended to reinforce the feeling of isolation. You might remember Silvestre’s superb musical score for Forest Gump. The entire Cast Away soundtrack consists of 10 tracks, with performers including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Charles Brown.
Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American composer and conductor of film and television scores. He has been associated with director Robert Zemeckis since 1984, composing music for all of his feature films including the Back to the Future film series and many others. Silvestri met film director Robert Zemeckis when they worked together on Zemeckis’s film Romancing the Stone (1984) which will feature here shortly on Friday’s Finest.
1. Cast Away – Wikipedia
2. Alan Silvestri – Wikipedia
A lovely score for a remarkable film.
What a coincidence! I was just sending the song ‘Broken Dreams’ out which you wrote about and then downloaded those 3 EP songs from Art Blocks. That’s some good stuff there.