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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 classic 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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Survival, Loneliness, Fear and Friendship See more (29 total) »


  (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
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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Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" - USA (alternative title)
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90 min
Color (Pathe Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R.C.A. High Fidelity Sound)
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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Hugo Butler only received credit for his screenplay in 1997, after his death.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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Survival, Loneliness, Fear and Friendship, 5 January 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

On 30 September 1659, the ship of the aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe (Daniel O'Herlihy) sinks and he miraculously survives in a deserted island somewhere in South America. He retrieves the dog Rex and the cat Sam, together with some supplies, weapons, clothes and tools from the shipwreck; builds a shelter; and learns how to survive, cooking, farming, harvesting the crop and gathering a cattle. Then the loneliness disturbs 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 (Jaime Fernández) and they become friends. When Robinson Crusoe sees Caucasians in the island, he finds that Captain Oberzo (Felipe de Alba) was the victim of a mutiny and he helps him to retrieve his ship. After twenty-eight years, two months and nineteen days, Robinson Crusoe leaves the island to return to the civilization.

"Robinson Crusoe" was my favorite novel in my childhood and I do not know how many times I have read this book. Luis Buñuel, who is one of my favorite directors, makes a faithful transposition of this timeless story of survival, loneliness, fear and friendship to the cinema. This is probably the first conventional movie of Buñuel that I have ever seen and his usual surrealism is limited to the sickness and daydream of Robinson Crusoe. Daniel O'Herlihy is a perfect Robinson Crusoe and this movie is recommended for the whole family. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Robinson Crusoé" ("Robinson Crusoe")

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