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Director:
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 »
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Tagline:
EVERY THRILL-SWEPT PAGE BLAZES TO LIFE ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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One of Bunuel's finest... See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dan O'Herlihy ... 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

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

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

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

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Pathe Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R.C.A. High Fidelity Sound)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U (cut) | UK:U (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #16650) | West Germany:6 (f)
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Trivia:
Hugo Butler only received credit for his screenplay in 1997, after his death.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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.See more »
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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
One of Bunuel's finest..., 5 October 1999
Author: Dave Godin (Dave G) from Sheffield, England

Of the many great films Luis Bunuel was involved with, ROBINSON CRUSOE is perhaps his most neglected, but in my view, it is one of his very best movies. Defoe's story of an emissary of white, Christian civilisation suddenly alone in the universe and having to fend for himself, is a wonderful metaphor from which to explore the human condition and spirit, thrust into a world in which, if there is a God, he is seemingly powerless to help or intervene.

As Crusoe returns to his roots, he becomes more and more at one with Nature and his own nature, until the yearned for contact with a fellow human being, provokes fear and terror when it appears likely to happen. But, although his own fear means that his initial treatment of Friday is harsh and cruel, the enslavement of a fellow human being enables Crusoe to see how depraving and corrupting such vile practices are, and eventually he and Friday become friends and comrades, but only when Crusoe realises he must give Friday total and unconditional freedom.

The film contains some of Bunuel's most potent cinema: the feverish dream sequence where Crusoe's father chides him for his adventurous, and, therefore, "wayward" spirit; the scene where he is so desperate to hear another human voice he goes to the Valley of the Echo and shouts a Psalm, and then walks in despair into the sea until his torch is extinguished by the waves; and the final scene where, leaving the island at last with Friday, he looks back for the last time, and hears the ghostly echo of his faithful, but long since dead dog, Rex, barking...

Shot in Pathécolor, some of the scenes are beautiful, whilst others could be improved upon, but the sheer drama and intellectual engagement it provides overcome such minor technical faults, and the whole is wonderfully enhanced by a first-rate score by Anthony Collins and Luis Breton. Dan O'Herlihy as Crusoe carries the entire film, and was quite rightly nominated as "Best Actor" for this role at the 1954 Academy Awards. It is perhaps Bunuel at his most laid-back and subtle, but, believe me, watched in the right frame of mind, (which means forgetting all your preconceptions about the well-known story), it packs as much punch as any of his films. A rare and beautiful gem that is well worth searching out.

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