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Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

 -  Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  June 1964 (USA)
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Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

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Cmdr. Christopher 'Kit' Draper
Victor Lundin ...
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Col. Dan McReady
The Woolly Monkey ...
Mona
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Commander Kit Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are orbiting Mars in an exploratory surveyor. A malfunction forces them to eject with only Draper and a monkey named Mona surviving. Draper must learn to survive in this hostile environment fighting thirst, hunger and even hostile aliens if he expects to see home again. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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One U.S. astronaut pitted against all the odds beyond this earth! See more »

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Robinson Crusoe on Mars  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The snow was real in the scene where Kit and Friday were buried after the meteorite impacts the Martian North pole. Paul Mantee states in the DVD commentary that they had to stay under the snow and breath through straws for quite a long time while the camera set-ups were completed - an experience he found very unpleasant. After Victor Lundin digs Paul Mantee out, Mantee's jaw and lower lip can be seen trembling from the cold in the next shot. See more »

Goofs

When Draper records his first log entry, at one point he says that his supplies will get him by "for about fifteen days". His lips, however, mouth a different number and you can clearly hear that this part was dubbed in later. See more »

Quotes

Draper: Friday, you're gonna learn English if I have to sit on your chest for two months.
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WAAAAAY ahead of its time!
17 January 2005 | by (Raleigh, NC, USA) – See all my reviews

Even though this movie was made in 1964, it puts to shame the more recent (and astronomically more expensive) "Mission to Mars" and "Red Planet".

The characters act much more like real people/enslaved extraterrestrials than was common in sci-fi films of that era. Mantee is well-trained and resourceful, handling most problems (with the exception of his forced isolation) with reasonable aplomb. He is much closer to what we expect an astronaut to be than the ridiculous characters from MtM and RP.

The equipment is also a notch above the usual 60s fare, with real cables, actual dials and knobs, and that utilitarian look so common in military hardware. I have to give this film and extra half-star just for the realistic technology.

Overall, a good, solid sci-fi film from the golden age. Like many others, I'm waiting for the DVD.

*** out of *****


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