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Writers (WGA):
Daniel Defoe (novel)
Hugo Butler (screenplay) (originally as Philip Ansell Roll) ...
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Release Date:
5 August 1954 (USA) See more »
The classical story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dan O'Herlihy ... Robinson Crusoe / Crusoe's father (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Jaime Fernández ... Friday
Felipe de Alba ... Captain Oberzo
Chel López ... Bosun
José Chávez ... Pirate
Emilio Garibay ... Leaders of the Mutiny

Directed by
Luis Buñuel 
Writing credits
Daniel Defoe (novel "Robinson Crusoe")

Hugo Butler (screenplay) originally as Philip Ansell Roll and
Luis Buñuel (screenplay)

Produced by
Óscar Dancigers .... producer
Henry F. Ehrlich .... associate producer
Original Music by
Anthony Collins 
Cinematography by
Alex Phillips 
Film Editing by
Carlos Savage 
Alberto Valenzuela  (as Alberto E. Valenzuela)
Production Design by
Edward Fitzgerald 
Set Decoration by
Pablo Galván 
Makeup Department
Isaac Jurado .... hair stylist
Armando Meyer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Federico Amérigo .... production manager
Jorge Cardeña .... production chief
Antonio de Salazar .... production manager (as Antonio Salazar)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ignacio Villareal .... assistant director
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... construction department head (uncredited)
Sound Department
Teódulo Bustos .... sound editor
Javier Mateos .... dialogue recordist
Javier Mateos .... sound
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Music Department
Jesús González Gancy .... music recordist (as Jesús González G.)
Other crew
Luis Alcoriza .... screenplay by

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" - USA (alternative title)
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90 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)
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The three lead actors all died in 2005.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Crusoe's father:[as an apparition] My boy, you should not leave your native country.See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bunuel's rare optimism, 29 March 2003
Author: john from midlands

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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