Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

G  |   |  Adventure, Family  |  21 December 1960 (USA)
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A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.



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Complete credited cast:
Roberta 'Bertie'
Kuala, Pirate Chief
Cecil Parker ...
Andy Ho ...
Big Pirate
Larry Taylor ...


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 <>

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Actually filmed amid the spectacular splendor of the tropical West Indies! See more »


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

21 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ciudadela de los Robinson  »

Box Office


$40,350,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 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 »


[Reflecting on their island paradise]
Mother: It's wonderful for today, but what about tomorrow?
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Music by Bob Jackman and Buddy Baker
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Great Disney film!
5 October 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

This is one of Disney's best efforts. Beautiful scenery, great soundtrack music, and a hard-working cast add much to this compelling story of a shipwrecked family. To me this film is an exception to the less-weighty fare that Disney was wont to produce over the years. I like Disney flicks, but this is one I can go back and watch when I want to get lost in an idyllic setting (with beautiful soundtrack music to establish the mood). You've gotta love those coconut bombs!

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