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Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | June 1964 (USA)
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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During a flight to Mars in the spaceship Mars Gravity Probe 1, Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are forced to deviate from an asteroid and they leave their spacecraft in pods. Draper lands on the surface of the Red Planet and survives. He learns how to produce oxygen and while exploring the planet, he finds McReady dead in his crashed pod. He finds also the monkey Mona and brings the animal to the cave where he is sheltered. He learns that he can breathe the Martian air for short periods but needs also oxygen. But Mona finds water and an edible plant in the underground. .After a long period alone, Draper feels the loneliness. One day, he sees a spacecraft landing on Mars and he believes it might be the rescue team to save him. But he finds aliens working on the planet and some of them are slaves. One of them flees and stumble with Draper and he names him Friday. Now he needs to find a way to be rescued and return to Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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June 1964 (USA)  »

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Robinson Crusoe en Marte  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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The purple cold-weather clothing that Paul Mantee wears in the cavern scenes were based on the N.C. Wyeth illustrations for the "Robinson Crusoe" novel. See more »

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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 »

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Draper: Mr. Echo, go to hell!
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one of my favorite sci fi films
14 February 2004 | by (Mississippi, United States) – See all my reviews

This is a little science fiction gem that goes quietly unnoticed,but it does have a following. It's much smarter than given credit for and very entertaining considering a lot of the time Paul Mantee has the screen by himself with a monkey. What isn't talked about is how well made it is for this type of subgenre(the Mars sci fi films aren't always so well made). It has this 50's feel to it so it would be hard to see the CGI generation being totally overwhelmed by it,but I have a love and affinity for these types of films. This film even has the monkey contribute to the story(it even is key to Mantee's survival on the red planet). The film actually isn't that cheesy until Friday,the alien, comes into the film. It is a film you really need to have patience with. I enjoyed because I never knew where the story would take me. It has imagination and does really well with it's limitted budget. I highly recommend this film if your are a fan of it's ilk. ****1/2/*****


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