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Robinson Crusoe (1954)

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

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(as Luis Bunuel)

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(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Storyline

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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The sky...the ocean, the island, the loneliness... See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

5 August 1954 (USA)  »

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Robinson Crusoe  »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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

Crusoe's father: [as an apparition] My boy, you should not leave your native country.
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Bunuel's rare optimism
29 March 2003 | by (midlands) – See all my reviews

Defoe is not obvious Bunuel material in the way that Wuthering Heights is but the very tension between director and writer makes it the more interesting film. One scene especially should be viewed by anyone who holds that Bunuel's brilliance lies primarily in his surreal imagery marvelous as this. Crusoe in despair at his his solitude calls out 'The Lord is my shepherd' at the hills. As he he hears only the echo of his his voice even the lush tropical landscape appears to mock him. Once seen and heard(Dan O'Herhiley's voice is wonderful here) the VCR and DVD become redundant. The ending low key and unrhetorical is one of the rare moments of uplift offered by Bunuel. Relish it! Bunuel's adaptation of Defoe is one his rare films,others are 'Cela s'appelle l'aurore','The Young One' and 'Nazarin' in which some sense of optimism in human solidarity moderates the general bleakness of his view of the human condition.


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