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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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A new world of excitement is yours as a man, his wife, and their sons--bonded by courage and strengthened by love--turn a wild tropic jungle into an exotic island paradise! 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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| (RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »

Quotes

[Reflecting on their island paradise]
Mother: It's wonderful for today, but what about tomorrow?
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Remade as Swiss Family Robinson See more »

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Swisskapolka
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Music by Bob Jackman and Buddy Baker
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Get me to a tree house!!!...tremendous family fun...
26 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON is the ultimate family adventure film from Disney, photographed on the island of Tobago for some lush scenery and exotic settings. But that tree house rules!! Everyone's favorite fantasy is this sort of adventure whereby a shipwrecked family finds refuge on what appears to be a deserted island, only to find that they're not exactly alone.

DOROTHY McGUIRE and JOHN MILLS play the parent roles (played originally by Thomas Mitchell and Edna Best in the B&W '40 version), and the kids are played with equal skill by Kevin Corcoran, Tommy Kirk and JAMES MacARTHUR, who excels as the oldest son.

There's some rough going when the pirates invade, but it's all done in true Disney style and you know there's going to be a happy ending.

Summing up: The kind of film the whole family can enjoy. A lot more visually appealing than the old B&W version filmed on RKO sound stages.


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