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Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Poster

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Father Robinson: The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?

Mother Robinson: No! Mostly I dream of having a house in New Guinea.

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Father Robinson: Don't you sometimes feel that this is the kind of life we were meant to live on this earth? Everything we need, everything, right here, right at our fingertips. You know, if only people could have all this and be satisfied, I don't think there'd be any real problems in the world.

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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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[Reflecting on their island paradise]

Mother: It's wonderful for today, but what about tomorrow?

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Ernst Robinson: It's better to use your head than break your back, I always say.

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Ernst Robinson: Fritz! Listen! Do you think when we get to New Guinea, *if* we ever do, there'll be any girls our age?

Fritz Robinson: By the time we get to New Guinea, we won't care *what* age they are!

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Roberta 'Bertie': Do you read a lot, Fritz?

Ernst Robinson: Who, him? He practically doesn't ever read at all!

Fritz Robinson: Never really needed to. Sooner or later, Ernst tells me everything he knows.

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Francis Robinson: You know those coconut bombs... You don't have to worry about 'em. They work right well!

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Francis Robinson: You don't have to worry anymore: I got my tiger!

Mother Robinson: [awed] He's got his tiger.

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Father Robinson: What did I tell you? Anything we need, the island will produce it for us, even a girl.

Mother Robinson: *A* girl. But we have three sons.

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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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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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Fritz Robinson: What's that?

Father Robinson: That? Oh, that's a quarantine flag. Warning that there's Black Death aboard.

Ernst Robinson: How did you know that?

Father Robinson: Well *I* do a bit of reading, too, you know.

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Ernst Robinson: What are you doing?

Fritz Robinson: I'll just take charge of the pistol for a while. I seem to remember it being appropriated before, when someone wanted to go back to the beach.

Ernst Robinson: You give me back my pistol!

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Francis Robinson: Are we ever going to open these other packages?

Mother Robinson: Those are for Fritz and Ernst.

Francis Robinson: But suppose they don't come back? Suppose they got "et" up?

Father Robinson: Francis, you've had a long day, and it's past your bedtime.

Francis Robinson: But it's Christmas.

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[during the fight between the Robinsons and the pirates, the pirate chief raises a white flag]

Kuala, Pirate Chief: [calling up to the Robinsons] Kuala make talk! You hear?

Father Robinson: [calling back down] We hear you!

Kuala, Pirate Chief: [referring to Roberta AKA Bertie] You take boy belong Kuala. Give us boy, no more fight. You hear?

Father Robinson: You want the boy? You come and get him. We're ready for you, and you can put away your white flag.

Roberta 'Bertie': Maybe it would be better to agree.

Father Robinson: Don't worry. He wouldn't bargain with us if he thought he could beat us.

Kuala, Pirate Chief: Send the boy down the hill! Kuala take boy. Get plenty money. Nobody hurt. You hear?

[the Robinsons stand their ground; the chief puts the flag away]

Kuala, Pirate Chief: You make Kuala fight long time, then you die, and Kuala take boy all the same!

[the fight between the pirates and the Robinsons resume]

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