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Robinson Crusoe (1954)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  5 August 1954 (USA)
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The classical story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Robinson Crusoe / Crusoe's father (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Jaime Fernández ...
Friday (as Jaime Fernandez)
Felipe de Alba ...
Captain Oberzo
Chel López ...
The Bos'n (as Chel Lopez)
José Chávez ...
Leader of the Mutiny (as Jose Chavez)
Emilio Garibay ...
Leader of the Mutiny
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On 30 September 1659, the aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe's ship sinks and he miraculously survives on a deserted island somewhere in South America. He retrieves a dog, Rex, and cat, Sam, from the shipwreck together with some supplies, weapons, clothes and tools and builds a shelter. He soon learns how to survive by cooking, farming, harvesting the crops. Then the loneliness begins to haunt him, especially after the loss of Rex. When he sees a group of cannibals in the island, tension and fear become part of his life. Later he saves the life of a savage that was going to be eaten by the cannibals; he names him Friday and they become friends. When Robinson Crusoe sees Caucasians on the island, he finds that Captain Oberzo was the victim of a mutiny and he helps him to retrieve his ship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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EVERY THRILL-SWEPT PAGE BLAZES TO LIFE ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps)

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Adventure | Drama

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5 August 1954 (USA)  »

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Robinson Crusoe  »

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(R.C.A. High Fidelity Sound)

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(Pathe Color)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Luis Buñuel's first all-English film; the script was also written in English, but according to Dan O'Herlihy Bunuel only directed him in Spanish. See more »

Goofs

When Robinson looks at a neighboring island for the first time through his telescope, the scene shown as though looking through the telescope is just a picture of the island - nothing in it moves including the waves. See more »

Quotes

Robinson Crusoe: How wrong I had been. Friday was as loyal a friend as any man could want. With his many different skills he enriched my life on the island. We had found that two working together could do much more than working separately.
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Not What You Might Expect
28 June 2004 | by (Bayside, NY) – See all my reviews

For viewers who might be most familiar with Luis Bunuel's work in surreal films such as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, his approach here might be surprising. It's a mostly straightforward retelling of the Defoe story, although with a few dream-like touches. Bunuel was in exile from Spain and facing McCarthyism in the U.S. when he made this film (his first in English and his first in color), making the Crusoe metaphor a very personal one. So it's his personal reinterpretation, and has lots to offer regarding man's relationship with God, and his views on morality.

This film has been almost impossible to see for a very long time, but in May 2004, VCI Entertainment announced a deal to distribute it. It's well worth your time, whether you're a student of Bunuel or Defoe, or just a student of the important questions of life.


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