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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Prior to filming, none of the cast and crew were nudists. However, since most of their scenes were filmed in the nude, Warren Raum and Ryp Siani soon became accustomed to not wearing clothes unless it was required for a particular scene, and often wandered amongst the crew stark naked even when not filming. Much of the crew also joined in skinny dipping with the boys during lunch breaks. 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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A great film for adults and kids alike
3 June 2009 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

This film is inspired by Robinson Crusoe story, only that this time it is two little boys who are stranded alone in an island.

The views of the island, sandy golden beach and crystal clear sea water are totally breathtaking. With the two boys swimming and running around the beach naked, the whole movie gives a feeling of nature coming home and a relaxing environment.

Some people seem to have a problem with the fact that the two little boys are nude on the island most of the time, and I believe this was precisely one of the intents of the movie, to challenge the wrong long held belief that nudity is a bad thing.

The last thing I would want is for my kids to be brought in a religious and repressive environment feeling shameful and guilty over what a naked body looks like, my kids loved this film too.

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