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14 October 1978 (USA) See more »
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The castaways must try to readjust to life in civilization after they are rescued from the island. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bob Denver ... Gilligan

Alan Hale Jr. ... Skipper Jonas Grumby

Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III

Natalie Schafer ... Lovey Wentworth Howell

Judith Baldwin ... Ginger Grant

Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr.

Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers

Vincent Schiavelli ... Dimitri

Art LaFleur ... Ivan

Norman Bartold ... Producer

Barbara Mallory ... Cindy Smith
June Whitley Taylor ... Miss Ainsworth
Martin Rudy ... Dean
Mary Gregory ... Mrs. Devonshire
Glenn Robards ... Mr. Devonshire
Diana Chesney ... Mrs. Fellows
Victor Rogers ... Mr. Fellows
Michael Flanagan ... Director
Martin Ashe ... Butler
Robert Wood ... Tony
John Wheeler ... Studio Guard
Alex Rodine ... 1st Officer

Don Marshall ... FBI Man #1
Mel Prestidge ... Governor's Aide

Lewis Arquette ... Judge

Judd Laurance ... Technician
Michael Macready ... FBI Man #2
Richard Rorke ... Helicopter Pilot
Marcus K. Mukai ... Hawaiian Man
Snag Werris ... Camera Man
Micki Waugh ... Pom Pom Girl
Alisa Powell ... Pom Pom Girl
Portia Stevens ... Pom Pom Girl
Candace Bowen ... Pom Pom Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mario Machado ... Reporter (uncredited)
Stan Rodarte ... Reporter at homecoming parade (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie H. Martinson 
Writing credits
Sherwood Schwartz (creator)

Sherwood Schwartz (written by) &
Elroy Schwartz (written by) &
Al Schwartz (written by) &
David P. Harmon (written by) (as David Harmon)

Produced by
Lloyd J. Schwartz .... producer
Sherwood Schwartz .... executive producer
Valton Lee Taylor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
Cinematography by
Robert Primes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marshall Neilan Jr.  (as Marshall Neilan)
Casting by
Millie Gusse  (as Mildred Gusse)
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
Set Decoration by
Anthony Mondell  (as Tony Mondell)
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist (as Greg La Cava)
Edie Panda .... hairdresser
Production Management
John Thomas Lenox .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Fenaja .... first assistant director
Phil Morini .... second assistant director
Art Department
Wally Graham .... construction coordinator
Sam Loreno Sr. .... property master (as Sam Loreno)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... re-recording mixer
Eddie Knowles .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special effects
Kevin Pike .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer (as Ron McLeish)
Ronald Vidor .... camera operator (as Ron Vidor)
Ken Wheeland .... key grip
Casting Department
Myra Harris .... assistant casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michele Dittrick .... costumer: women (as Michelle Dittrick)
Willie Perez .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Jerry C. Rogers .... assistant editor (as Jerry Rogers)
Location Management
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Transportation Department
Myron P. Shepherd .... transportation coordinator (as Mike Shepherd)
Other crew
Randy Aspinall .... production assistant
Shelley M. Friedman .... assistant to producers
Art 'Klondike' Jones .... craft service
Hope Juber .... dialogue coach (as Hope Sherwood)
Lily La Cava .... script supervisor
Marla B. Liebling .... assistant to producers (as Marla Liebling Sawyer)

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95 min
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Did You Know?

This film is in the public domain, which is why many versions sold in stores have an alternate theme song as Sherwood Schwartz owns the rights to the original theme song.See more »
Errors in geography: At the beginning of the movie when Gilligan is talking to the Skipper, you can clearly hear quail calls in the background. Quail do not live in tropical climates.See more »
Professor:Miss Ainsworth, turn off your macho!See more »
Movie Connections:
Ballad of Gilligan's IsleSee more »


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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The greatest kind of disappointment, 22 November 2003
Author: Peter (fineanimal) from San Diego, California

As a youngster and lifelong fan of Gilligan's Island, I still recall my excitement when I first learned that Rescue From Gilligan's Island was going to be shown on television. I also remember my profound disappointment when I finally saw the show: it wasn't particularly funny.

Now, some 25 years later, I found myself purchasing this movie on DVD anyway, for two reasons: To enjoy sweet memories of youth when TV humor was simply good fun and didn't even pretend to be anything more, and because it only cost $5.99.

Well, what can I say? I was disappointed again because, again, it wasn't particularly funny. Yet I am still very glad I now own this movie on DVD. How can that be?

For all the abuse Gilligan's Island has taken over the years from "serious" humorists, the fact remains that the show appeals to everyone's desire for real friendship and camaraderie, without all the drama of real life. The original show was just plain fun to watch. And frankly, so is Rescue From Gilligan's Island, despite its many, many flaws.

I know it is anathema to say so, but this movie would have scored much higher if only it had included a laugh track, as did the original TV series. The laugh track itself creates the illusion of camaraderie with an audience, and that was always part of the appeal of Gilligan's Island. So I found myself pretending to hear the original laugh track every time the cast told a joke (i.e., constantly), and lo--the film was much more palatable!

On the bright side, losing the laugh track made me realize just how good these actors really were, and how great an ensemble they comprised. After all, the original cast never heard the roaring laughter the audience heard as the actors playing the castaways fired one asinine line after another between ludicrous slapstick action sequences. Without a laugh track, for example, the actors portraying Russian spies in this movie behaved beyond reproach; they were simply painful to watch. But then again, so was Wrongway Felman, Harold Hecuba, and other visitors to the island, without a laugh track. It is precisely because this ensemble was so good that they managed to score with such silly humor every time in the finished product. That takes talent (and guts, I suspect). For this reason more than anything else, I truly missed Tina Louise as Ginger: no one could adequately replace a member of such a tight ensemble. Kudos to Judith Baldwin for trying, however. Thurston and Lovely Howell are hilarious characters even without the laugh track.

Overall, as another reviewer observed, the value of this film is that it provides a trip down the most pleasant stretch of memory lane. It would be wrong, however, not to mention the unforgivable production of this DVD. The sound is bad, a few jump cuts are embarrassing to watch, and the video has frequent static bars like you would see on an old, worn videotape. Shame on the production company. Shame on you!

Bottom line: If you don't appreciate the Gilligan's Island TV series you will hate this movie with a capital "H", with good reason. But for those of you who get misty just thinking about Gilligan, the Skipper and company, Rescue From Gilligan's Island will help you feel like a kid again for 90 minutes, with good reason. A cast featuring Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Bill Murray and other notable comics simply couldn't even come close to pulling off the feat this underrated ensemble pulled off time and time and time again for years, for no better reason than to make all of us feel good for a half hour each week.

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