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Swiss Family Robinson
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Swiss Family Robinson -- The heroic tale of the courageous exploits of the Robinson family after they are shipwrecked on a deserted island. Using teamwork and ingenuity, they overcome the obstacles of nature and transform their new home into a "civilized" community.

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Director:
Writers:
Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)
Johann David Wyss (novel)
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Release Date:
21 December 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE ADVENTURE OF ADVENTURES! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Get me to a tree house!!!...tremendous family fun... See more (51 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Ken Annakin 
 
Writing credits
Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay)

Johann David Wyss (novel "Swiss Family Robinson") (as Johann Wyss)

Produced by
Bill Anderson .... producer
Basil Keys .... associate producer
Walt Disney .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
 
Production Design by
John Howell 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Stephens 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hair stylist
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Charles Nash .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Hill .... production manager (as Bill Hill)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
René Dupont .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Hoesli .... assistant art director
John L. Jensen .... sketch artist (as John L.Jensen)
Peter Murton .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist (as John S. Dennis)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Les Wiggins .... sound editor (as Leslie Wiggins)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special effects (as Dan Lee)
Walter Stones .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Fez Reynolds .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Arnim Tardieu .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... additional photography
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Buddy Baker .... composer: additional music "Animal Race" (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Nature's Haven (uncredited)
Fez Reynolds .... animal trainer: zebra (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
126 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Norway:7 (original rating) (cut version) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (1999) (2003 DVD audio commentary) | USA:G (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
At the box office, the film took roughly $40,000,000 (around $367,000,000 in today's money), making it one of the most successful family films ever made.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Father is lighting the bombs using a torch it loses ignition and gains it again throughout the scene.See more »
Quotes:
Roberta 'Bertie':Do you like the sea, Fritz?
Fritz Robinson:I like things you can depend on. The sea, you can never be sure of it.
Roberta 'Bertie':Well, that's the fun of it. Not being sure of things.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
My Heart was an IslandSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Get me to a tree house!!!...tremendous family fun..., 26 August 2006
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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