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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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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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They turned a lost island into an exotic paradise! See more »


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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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The climactic battle was a direct influence on the final Ewok skirmish in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). See more »


During the opening credits, the damaged sailing ship has the wind astern in one shot, then from the port side in the next. See more »


Father Robinson: First thing we've got to do is to, uh, unload the raft. Then, uh... put up some sort of shelter for the night.
Mother Robinson: No. That's not the first thing.
[kneels down in prayer, and the rest follow suit]
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Referenced in Thir13en Ghosts (2001) See more »


O Christmas Tree
Performed by Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, John Mills, and Janet Munro
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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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