LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actor Tom Hanks attends the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for People's Choice Awards)

Twenty-two years after “Cast Away” took the world by storm, Wilson the Volleyball became the cultural icon he is today. Anytime I see any volleyball, the feeling comes over me to yell out, “Wilson.” 

The movie was a survival thriller in which Wilson the Volleyball plays a huge role in the film. I was disappointed by the Motion Picture Academy for not recognizing the acting talents and snubbing them for Best Supporting Role at every award show.

Over the years, give Wilson credit for staying out of the tabloids. Not one scandal was reported by TMZ. We could find no drug addiction charges or jail convictions online in searches. You can find replica versions of Wilson the Volleyball at Amazon, Dick’s sporting goods stores, and Walmart for the low price of $19.95. The Real Wilson ball sold at auction – an off-white leather Wilson-brand volleyball used in the 2000 survival drama movie sold for $85,239 – in London over the weekend. The same markings on the ball— a bloody handprint with eyes, a nose, and a mouth. Wilson the Volleyball still holds a place in movie history even two decades after the release of “Cast Away.” He even has his own IMDB page. Hats off to the movie’s real star and hopes we all give Wilson the credit and give the ball an Oscar. Heck, Jimmy Kimmel is hosting in March make it happen.

Wilson, the Volleyball That Kept Tom Hanks Company in 'Castaway,' Just Sold for Over $85,000 - NewsBreak

In Cast Away, Tom Hanks' character was able to survive his escape from the island he was marooned on, but his "costar" Wilson wasn't so lucky. Hanks' companion drifted away after falling off their handmade raft. Well, the good news is, that trusty, blood-stained volleyball has come ashore and has a new home.

10 Fictional Dates from Movies Everyone Should Know

Throughout movie history, various dates within them have taken on special meaning thanks to pop culture.

Some dates had crucial roles in plots to films providing settings while others have become unique one-liners that have become part of the general lexicon.

Here are 10 fictional dates from movies everyone should know.

  • April 25 (Miss Congeniality)

    Honestly, Miss Rhode Island isn’t wrong.

  • November 5, 1955 (Back to the Future)

    A true red-letter date, indeed.

  • March 24, 1984 (The Breakfast Club)

    On this fateful day, a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal served detention, and teen films were never the same.

  • July 4, 1996 (Independence Day)

    “Perhaps, it’s fate today is the fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom.” Independence Day is so delightfully over the top, and this scene below perfectly encapsulates its melodrama.

  • August 29, 1997 (Terminator 2: Judgement Day)

    “On August 29, 1997, it’s gonna feel pretty f—ing real to you too!” A very dark scene, but on the plus side, there wasn’t an apocalypse in reality. So, yay?


  • February 14, 2016 (Ghostbusters II)

    “Valentine’s Day. Bummer.”

  • December 25, 1985 (Rocky IV)

    AKA: The day Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War. [Cues John Cafferty’s “Hearts on Fire”]

  • December 24, 1988 (Die Hard)

    [Insert Die Hard is a Christmas movie rant here.]

  • April 8 (Empire Records)

    “We mustn’t dwell. No, not today. We can’t. Not on Rex Manning day!”

  • October 3 (Mean Girls)

    A truly momentous date in all of cinema.

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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