J.C. Chandor's Film 'All Is Lost' with Robert Redford Uses No Dialogue

January 17, 2013
Source: The Playlist

All Is Lost JC Chandor

I knew there was something unique about this one. In order to sign on 76-year-old Robert Redford to star in a film about being lost at sea on a sailboat, it takes more than just a good story. Ever since first hearing that Robert Redford would be starring in the follow-up from Oscar nominated Margin Call filmmaker J.C. Chandor, I had a feeling there was something special about All Is Lost. Now word has arrived from Redford himself at the Sundance opening press conference that the film actually has "no dialogue" in it. Not much more was revealed besides that, but this is an intriguing concept to follow up unique films like Buried.

While we don't have the complete quote or relevant context, The Playlist was attending and reports that "Redford has said that the film has 'no dialogue.'" Another tweet from someone there stated: "Redford says he recent acted in a dialogue-free indie film. That's worth talking about." Indeed it is. What I want to talk about now is when the heck we're going to see this. I thought it might premiere at Sundance, since they did finish shooting last year, but no word yet. All Is Lost, about "getting lost at sea and struggling against the elements to stay alive" or "a journey of one man's fight to survive." We featured a first look photo last year, but are still waiting to hear about a release or film festival premiere. I'm very curious to see it already.

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Interesting. Sounds like Essential Killing, that film had no dialogue and was a tale of survival. Redford is a better actor than Vincent Gallo though.

Ben on Jan 17, 2013


No shouting at the sky amidst the waves? Don't all sailors do that when battling the sea? I could watch a pensioner silently drown, wouldn't be the first time.

Carpola on Jan 17, 2013


Interesting indeed, maybe this will be some sort of Redfords last opus.

Cody W on Jan 17, 2013


"Dialogue" is the key word here. As in, there's not a second person to talk to. Tom Hanks spent 2/3rds of Castaway without any dialogue. I'm sure Redford has plenty of shouting and muttering to himself.

Spencer Sweeting on Jan 17, 2013


Can't wait to see Redford on screen again. I also thought Margin Call was a fantastic film. If Chandor can pull off scenes with so many incredible actors in a single room, I'm sure his work with Redford will be just as intense and profound.

Andrew DiDonato on Jan 17, 2013


If it was a hit it would be great if it resulted in the Coen Brothers getting their "To The White Sea" dialogue free script to the screen.

I am Jacks DVD on Jan 18, 2013


We got an interesting and unexpected request from some rights people about a year ago asking permission to use our Storm tactics handbook as a prop in this movie. Were eager to see the film just to see if we could catch a glimpse of our book. Now learning it has no dialogue I am even more interested.

Lin Pardey on Apr 14, 2013

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