Marsha Robinson, host of a TV cooking show, takes her family on a working vacation to a South Seas Island, but their yacht is hijacked by pirates, and then shipwrecked, and the Robinsons ... See full summary »
Sarah Michelle Gellar
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
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There were two incredibly close calls on the set, both of which occurred during scenes with the family playing in the water. First, when the father takes a swing to try to change vines like the monkeys, he misses and falls into the water. John Mills revealed that his foot just missed a sharp, jagged rock under the water that no one had known about. Then there was the scene with Francis playing in the ocean with Rocky the baby elephant. At one point, Kevin Corcoran under, and the elephant's foot ended up right on his face. But, by some lucky chance, the underwater current was so strong that it prevented the foot from pressing down, and thus Kevin from getting hurt. See more »
When Fritz swings across the pool, swapping vines halfway, just as he is landing on the rock a crew member's hand reaches up into shot, just below his feet. See more »
Filled with action, adventure and romance, this classic tale of a swiss family trying to escape the suppression of their native land and wind up ship wrecked on a tropical island, is nicely adapted on the big screen. The acting is nothing to go woof over but what it lacks in that department it surely makes up for in scenery. You get the impression that the cast was just to breath taken to perhaps concentrate on their lines, being surrounded in paradise. The entire movie was shot on location, in the lavish South Seas. Dorothy McGuire does a nice job playing the mother of three sons, struggling to raise them "properly" although they are in the middle-of-nowhere; while James MacArthur gets loads of screen time with just him and his bare chest. And yes, just as you think you were safe...that annoying kid who was in EVERY DISNEY MOVIE IMAGINABLE...pops up as the youngest (and whiniest) of the brood, Francis. Don't let his stupid remarks, ruin the movie for you. Disney compensated us with many slick plot twists involving: pirates, wild animals and a love interest for Fritz (chest boy) and his punier brother, Ernest. This is a movie EVERYONE can watch munching on popcorn and having a few laughs. My score: 6
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