Eight Intriguing One Man Show Movies

In theatre one-man shows are common when a performer wants to express a story that usually happened to them like acting out their childhood or a political belief. These are movies that only showcase one person and focuses on that one person throughout the majority of the movie. It could be all of it or a good 80% of airtime alone.

Cast Away (2000)

This film is very well known and was singlehandedly performed by Tom Hanks in the majority of the film. This film is about man survives a plane crash and lands on a deserted island. This is a modern classic of survival and enduring the worst that could happen. Also, it has Wilson.

Wild (2014)

A lonely woman goes on a cross-country hike to separate herself from the problems of her life and remorse her past. Most of the story is told in flashbacks setting up the lead character in her journey; most of which the lead’s life resides in the past. The rest of the film is about the actual physical journey seeing all the troubles and triumphs of finding closure and a new beginning.

Moon (2009)

A research scientist lives alone in space only accompanied his research work, an AI robot and a clone of himself very ill. He soon discovers that he might die in space. He has been living for years in space and has multiple videos of a family he hasn’t seen in years. Learning more about the life he had unravels the fate of this character.

Gravity (2013)

An astronaut experiences a tragedy in space and must find a way to get back to Earth without running out of the air or floating into the void of space. This is first a survival story in space. We see the how a thing like gravity not being without can work heavily against you.

Sleep (1963)

This is an art film of Andy Warhol filming his boyfriend asleep for five hours and twenty minutes. Nothing happens throughout the entire film. He’s just asleep. It’s a black and white film that’s studied for its artistic merits. It’s an anti-film which is a part of the anti-art movement loosely connected to the Dada art movement of the early 20th century.

All Is Lost (2013)

This is about a man who has capsized at sea by himself the whole tie. This was sad and mostly silent because there were no asides. You see a man try to survive uncertainty in the middle of the ocean. There are no flashbacks or an abundance of information about the lead character. This is an emotional film about trying when it’s difficult.

Manifesto (2015)

A one-woman show about 15 different characters being played by Cate Blanchett. A lot monologues in character in this collection of vignettes about society and the role a person amongst people, especially an artist role in society.

127 Hours (2010)

Based on a true story about a hiker who became stuck between to rocks had to cut his own an off to survive. This was a gross and entailing part of the film that was necessary to show what he had to go through to live.

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