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

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21 December 1960 (USA)  »

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$40,350,000 (USA)
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A huge fan of the film, George Lucas named Anakin Skywalker after the director of this film, Ken Annakin. See more »

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When Father is lighting the bombs using a torch it loses ignition and gains it again throughout the scene. See more »

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[trying to think of a way to get off the shipwrecked boat]
Ernst Robinson: Why don't we put up a distress flag?
Father Robinson: Don't you think we look distressed enough? Ernst, anyone who sees a ship stuck on the rocks might possibly guess it's in trouble.
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Spoofed in Night Court: Danny Got His Gun: Part 2 (1988) See more »

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My Heart was an Island
by Terry Gilkyson
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Classic family adventure film
8 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this during it's initial theatrical release when I was 6 years old and of course immediately loved it and have seen it several times over the years. It's one of those family classics that even though it's dated it seems to live on forever entertaining new generations. A great live-action film from the Disney studios. When many years after I first saw this movie, I first visited Disneyland in 1984, the first thing I wanted to see was the Swiss Family Treehouse exhibit. The attraction had lost it's luster and I was the inly one visiting it. They've since turned it into Tarzan's tree house from what I understand. The movie doesn't lose it's luster and the tree house is the film's central attraction. It does seem a little unbelievable that a family who could construct such a fantastic structure why couldn't they use those same skills to repair their ship wreck or build a new ship to take them away from the island? This is beautifully photographed by cinematographer Harry Waxman, John Howell is the production designer and Jack Stephens is the set decorator. Ken Annakin who directed several adventure films is the director. Lowell S. Hawley who was one of the writers on Disney's Zoro TV series wrote the screenplay in his adaptation of the Johann David Wyss novel. John Mills and Dorothy McGuire play the parents and James McArthur, Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran are their sons in the story of a family shipwrecked on a remote island with dangerous animals and the threat of bloodthirsty pirates in the waters. Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa and Cecil Parker round out the cast. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10.


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