In Cast Away (2000), Chuck is flying west towards Malaysia, hits a storm, then crashes.

Chuck finds a bunch of packages that seem to be headed for the US, the main angel wing package is for Texas.

Why is a plane heading towards the other side of the world with a package for Texas?

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As far as I remember we never actually see any to or from addresses on any of the packages so it's anyone's guess where they were headed. That said, I should point out the flaw in your conclusion that the angel wing package was destined for Texas. The angel wing lady lives in Texas and that is her logo. So the package bearing her logo is not being sent to her, but from her to some unknown destination. Chuck is simply returning the package to her because he wants to tell her how the logo inspired him to try and return home.

EDIT: I'm adding Moo's point from the comments since it is a very good one. The plane was headed from the US to somewhere overseas. It doesn't make sense that a package being sent to Texas would leave Boston (or wherever they are) and head to Malaysia if it was destined for Texas.

  • Are there any close-ups that show the address? It sure seems to me that Chuck wanted to deliver the package, not have it start over.
    – blankip
    May 21, 2019 at 14:31
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    @blankip its honestly been too long since I've seen the movie to remember if there are any close up shots of the address, but I feel pretty strongly that it doesn't logically make sense for someone to put her logo on a package they are sending to her. She drew the image on the package herself because she is the sender, not the receiver.
    – sanpaco
    May 21, 2019 at 15:46
  • It could be considered a long-delayed "return to sender" situation. The package never made it to the destination, and Hanks' character was fulfilling one final "mission" for FedEx by returning the package to its sender at the ranch in Texas but also to thank her for indirectly inspiring him to hold on and keep going on the island. May 21, 2019 at 17:57
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    @blankip considering the aircraft was departing from the continental United States, and flying over the Pacific Ocean when it crashed, it's pretty certain that the parcel was being sent by the woman rather than her being the intended recipient. Unless Fedex normally sends parcels thousands of miles overseas to send them back to the US again...
    – Moo
    Jul 8, 2019 at 4:57
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    The fact that chuck is playing Elvis Presley's "Return to sender" in his car as he arrives at the crossroads confirms this hypothesis in my mind.
    – iandotkelly
    Sep 4, 2020 at 3:11

I wondered about this for awhile and then found the third draft of the script which explains this. In this version, the package that is sent to Russia is not returned. The package leaving on the plane that will crash is a new package, sent by the lady in Texas, but not to Russia. After Tom's character is rescued, he consults with FedEx to see who should receive it. The lady's husband's account is traced. Russia is next to last address, but last address is Kuala Lumpur, which explains why the package in on this plane. His current address is unknown, so they decide to return it to the sender address in Texas. The revised script kept this storyline but did not explain it well.


To answer the question of the packages and the package from Texas in particular: Most of the packages do not have much importance, but the one from Texas is the vital one. Our hero does not open this package but the scriptwriters' blog and notes explain that this package contained all the necessary survival items he could have used to survive, such as a water purifier, flint for making fire etc. Ironic, the meaning in life being we humans often miss the most important things we need in life because of our own bad choices.

The lady's package from Texas gets delivered to her husband in Russia at the beginning of the movie. The husband is wearing a cowboy hat and is obviously having an affair (his lover being the lady standing beside him at the door when he receives the package from his wife from Texas)... and saying "It's from my wife". So it's hinted that it was returned to sender, although there is no actual scene depicting it being sent back to the sender.

Tom Hanks' character then returns to America from Russia, does some more business, says goodbye to his wife, saying "I'll be back soon", then leaves America the second time and has the fateful plane crash with the returned package from the Texan husband on the plane with him. That part of the script is a little ambiguous and is not shown or explained properly, and is easily missed if the viewer is not watching intently. I think that part is a scriptwriters' mistake and should have had more credence in the script.

Anyhow, that particular package from the lady in Texas is now with him on the island, and hence becomes his reason to survive and return it back to Texas. Although why it is being returned back to America when the plane had already landed back in America from Russia and then left with him on the plane is the biggest mistake in the film and is often missed altogether. If you watch the beginning of the film intently, you will see that this is correct.

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    Please don't write in all caps, it's like you're shouting at us.
    – F1Krazy
    Aug 8, 2020 at 12:14
  • Nick ... welcome to the site. This is however a very long answer which is quite hard to understand, and I'm still not sure actually answers the question. If it does I'm sorry - but its buried in there somewhere. Why is a package destined for Texas on a flight leaving the USA?
    – iandotkelly
    Sep 4, 2020 at 2:38
  • I answered this the first time. But I'll make it simple for you. It's a script writers mistake. If you watch the movie closely, that package gets returned on the same plane with him on the return flight back to America after leaving Russia. The mistake is the fact that even though the package has made its way back to American soil already it then leaves America with him "the second time" on the plane that crashes. Scriptwriters mistake. Sometimes movie makers just don't care to much about scriptwriting information. I was trained in acting at QUT Brisbane. Hope that's not to long?
    – Nick Bell
    Sep 4, 2020 at 3:08
  • That package from the Texas lady is the same package in the Texas man's hands at the start of the film.. He is her husband. The husband is in Russia having an affair. Husband receives the package in the doorway and says "it's from my wife" ...... the lady in Texas. His wife.
    – Nick Bell
    Sep 4, 2020 at 3:12

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