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The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  3 May 1979 (USA)
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The Castaways finally get permanently rescued and they turn their island home into an exclusive resort.

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Stuck on the same island as before, the castaways find an abandoned World War II bomber that the Professor is able to repair and fly. However, in the attempt to fly to Hawaii, Gilligan falls out and has to parachute down to the island. Against their better judgment, the gang decides to return the island to get him. In a stroke of luck, that saves their lives as an engine collapses upon landing instead of in midair. Even better, a U.S. Navy captain appears saying that their plane was detected on radar long enough for them to follow it to the island. A year later, the island is now a tropical resort spot fully linked to Civilization, and the castaways work as the staff as they work to entertain the various guests they receive. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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An Enjoyable Return
10 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It had to happen. "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" was such a ratings smash that the network executives had to milk some more money out of it. In fact, these reunion movies probably started the entire business of converting old television shows into big-budget movies. Unfortunately, no attempt was made to lure Ginger back to the role which made her so famous. Her absence and the conspicous presence of Judith Baldwin are one of the few factors from making this movie as great as the first. The plot goes that the island was once used as a landing strip during the war and the castaways stumble across the planes; you'd think that after thirteen years on the island they would have stumbled across them a long time ago. The Professor uses some very deductive reasoning to peice together a plane from the parts to get off the island, but it falls apart and they get rescued anyway when the Coast Guard investigates the odd craft. Sticking to the promises he made during the series, Mr. Howell converts the series to a resort. The construction of which was supposed to lead to a new weekly series along the lines of "Fantasy Island." Bob Denver as Gilligan again gets to stretch a small bit with some dramatic license as he befriends a young tourist, but most of the movie is the same cartoony humor of the series. Even with the altered premises from the original series, the Skipper and Gilligan are still clad in the limited wardrobe of their old costumes rather than given a clothes budget. Still, the movie does harken back to the series, but unfortunately it stays there rather than going to the next level. On a whole, the movie is a wonderful if not slightly askew bit of nostalgia, but the only audience for it are the fans of the original series, and little kids who will love the inane humor.


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