They were not married. They were engaged. Hank’s character had given her the ring the night he left on that fateful flight.
I saw this movie before I returned to the Church. I remember being touched by it deeply. However, after seeing it a few times since, I am struck by the complete absence of any mention of God or faith. The castaway is completely self-driven and sees no “coincidence” as possible divine intervention. When the metal door washes onto shore allowing him to finally fashion a sail to effect his escape, there is no reflection about how this “miracle” came to be. Hanks plays this character as though the only thing driving him is his survival instinct, very Darwinian. While it is true that his love for his fiance sustains him, there is not one line in the entire 3 hour movie that even suggests God had any part in his survival.
I am compelled to contrast this film with the movie “Alive” which approaches the survival story from a completely different perspective. For me, movies, books, and tv programs that eliminate the “God” element fall flat and are not edifying in any way. They usually leave me feeling profoundly sad and empty.
They say there are no athiests in foxholes. The castaway certainly found himself in a “foxhole” type situation. I find it inconceivable that even the most devout atheist wouldn’t have a moment of reflection. The castaway, rather than turning to prayer or God, turns to a soccer ball. I know I’m suffering from mild paranoia, but for me this story line seemed almost deliberate. At the very least, it reflects a cultural shift from Christian faith to humanism.