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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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Survival, Loneliness, Fear and Friendship See more (25 total) »


  (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 »
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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14 out of 15 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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