Shipwrecked on a tropical island, a young boy befriends an abandoned native youth, forcing him to reevaluate societal prejudice about race, religion and nudity.




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Credited cast:
John Garces ...
Harton Crandall / Lloyd Woodruff
Rita Elliot ...
Janet Woodruff
Warren Raum ...
Ryp Siani ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norvin Baskerville ...
Ralph C. Bluemke ...
John Woodbridge ...


Two young boys shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. A modern Robinson Crusoe legend of friendship and survival. Boys and nature untouched, unspoiled and uninhibited. Written by Jim Stark

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How Do You Tell a 9 Year Old Boy That He Has To Turn His Back on His Best Friend?

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1968 (USA)  »

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Kuka pelastaa hänet?  »

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Warren Raum and Ryp Siani were both director Ralph Bluemke's first choices for the two main roles. Luckily, both boys and their parents consented to the extensive nudity in the script. See more »


Robby's red and white striped t-shirt changes back and forth from a tight fitting shirt to a much looser, obviously larger shirt that he tucks into his shorts. See more »


Robby: [first words to the boy who just saved his life] Does your mother know you're going around with no pants?
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naïve and touching movie about two children all by themselves on an island

Paradise lost seems to be an appropriate second title for this not very famous movie. Why this lack of fame? Obviously because of what seems to appear as inappropriate content: the director has indeed decided that the description of the return to innocence of the children implied that they had to get rid of their clothes. This meant a lot of problems to distribute the movie and of course things have only gotten worse in our contemporary society. The background being set, I would like to insist on the cinematographic qualities of the movie, which are real: Bluemke intended to emphasize the beauty of nature and the strong link between the latter and people. There are a lot of general shots that are here to remind us of the close relation between the landscape and its `products', the children. And the director obviously thinks that mankind must not loose its memory and its origin: therefore the return of Robby to nature, when his friend teaches him to swim, is presented as a very positive thing, which Christopher Young's very moving and delicate music emphasizes. In such scenes the nudity of the children has certainly nothing to do with voyeurism: it is just an integrated part of the artistry of the movie. In a way it reminds me of the photographs Edward Weston made of his son (the famous `Neil' series): everyone recognizes today the value of this approach, which is very similar to the one developed by Bluemke, who wants to show in a very sober way the lines that constitute the human body. Of course the movie is not perfect: there is for instance some amateurism in the acting of the children and the director has not the eye of his greatest peers (Nicholas Roeg's masterpiece Walkabout which develops a similar theme). But it still is a commendable work which wants us to believe that return to nature may lead to innocence and not cruelty and madness, as it is the case in Lord of the flies for instance.

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