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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

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A family in route to New Guinea is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They are forced to remain on the island because of the damage to the ship and the pirates that are roaming the islands. They create a home on the island (centering around a huge tree house) and explore the island and its wildlife. Plenty of adventure ensues as the family deals with issues of survival and pirates, and the brothers must learn how to live on the island with an uncertain future. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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THE GREATEST ADVENTURE STORY OF THEM ALL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Adventure | Family

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21 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ciudadela de los Robinson  »

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$40,350,000 (USA)
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When the studio acquired the rights to Johann David Wyss' novel, they essentially junked about 90% of it. Ken Annakin and his technicians brainstormed all the things they'd like to have seen in a desert island picture, storyboarded their wishlist and then handed it all over to screenwriter Lowell Hawley. See more »

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When Ernst is riding the ostrich Clementine during the race it begins to circle the pylon half way through. The rope holding the ostrich to the pylon is clearly visible. See more »

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Ernst Robinson: Fritz! Listen! Do you think when we get to New Guinea, *if* we ever do, there'll be any girls our age?
Fritz Robinson: By the time we get to New Guinea, we won't care *what* age they are!
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My Heart was an Island
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Swiss Family Robinson
8 January 2006 | by (michigan) – See all my reviews

Pure Disney magic! What a movie....might just be the greatest Disney film of all, might throw in "Pollyanna" and "Song of the South" in there as close competition. What is there not to like? Beautiful photography and a perfect casting of Dorothy McGuire as the mother who is the glue that holds the family together along with the suave British actor John Mills (Hayley's father) as the dad of the family. Great opening scene of foundering ship nearly stuck on a reef during violent storm...family quickly recognizes they will be on the island for the long haul and makes it an island paradise complete with a tree house that the Hilton hotel chain could rent out for big bucks. Family makes use of every scrap of fabric, wood, powder, and weapons as they struggle to survive the hazards of the island they are stranded upon. How in the world did the Disney team transport all of the animals onto that small island for this wonderful film? Zebras, elephants, snakes, tigers, and throw in an ostrich too for a family fun filled ride picnic. Only thing I wondered about was how the entire crew of pirates seem to be madeup of asians....most pirates in films are usually caucasians. Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, who flew into Tobago days after finishing "Pollyanna" and James McArthur play splendid roles as the three sons who grow up physically and discover themselves as young men on the island. Love the scenes of the watering hole complete with a natural water slide and swinging vines to traipse back and forth on. Janet Munro plays the stranded girl, rescued by McArthur and Kirk, and becomes a tug of war for affection between the two. Just the scenery alone on the island and the lagoons makes me want to visit the filming sight. This is a timeless classic, watch it a couple of times a year and it is just as entertaining the second time as the first. Wish Disney would re-release this film to theatres so you could see it on a big wide screen, preferably Imax. Movies just do not get any better than this one. Perfect film for family viewing.


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