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Robinson Crusoe (1997)

Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left ... See full summary »

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(as Rodney K. Hardy),

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(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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William Takaku ...
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Mary McGregor
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Patrick Connor
Ben Robertson ...
James / Patrick's Brother
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Captain Braga
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Cabin Boy
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Crusoe's Second (as Tim McMulian)
Mal Tobias ...
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Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island, until he meets Friday, a tribesman whom he saves from being sacrificed. Initially, Crusoe is thrilled to finally have a friend, but he has to defend himself against the tribe who uses the island to sacrifice tribesman to their gods. During time their relationship changes from master-slave to a mutual respected friendship despite their difference in culture and religion. Written by Tiny T

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Drama | Adventure

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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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12 June 1997 (Singapore)  »

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Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe  »

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The day before production started on this film, 8 June 1994, Pierce Brosnan was being introduced to the press as the new James Bond at the Regent Hotel in London. He was already sporting his Robinson Crusoe beard. See more »

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Crusoe is tended to by Friday's ex-wife after being shot with an arrow. In the next scene when the villagers drive them to face each other there is no sign of a wound or even a scar on his shoulder. See more »

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[first lines]
Daniel Defoe: I am a journalist Robert, I assure you. I have very little interest in your flights of fancy.
Robert: You Daniel Defoe are a writer. It's your destiny as such to bring this remarkable man's story, a story of intense struggle, extraordinary friendship, and undying love to the world.
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Version of Robinson Crusoë (2003) See more »

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Nice entertainment, but you won't miss anything...
15 June 2015 | by (Mainz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a condensed (only 90 minutes!) film version of the ageless classic, with lots of modifications though. I give kudos to the impeccable work of the actors, and directing and editing seem to work equally well for a very nice entertainment experience.

However, as soon as I start comparing this version to the original book, I feel an immense let-down as so many things have been changed (I won't give a list because it would be just way too long). I liked the look of Robinson's island a lot, and all the buildings and mechanical contraptions were nicely designed. But for the most part, the plot was just *too* smooth, leaving out most of the meditative moments and the setbacks that the "original" Robinson experiences in the book. For such a compact film version of the long book, some cuts had to be made, though.

I won't give away the ending, but it was a) way too different from the book and b) way too brief, it even felt forced to some degree. There's lots of nice scenery, however. So there are much worse ways to kill off 90 minutes...


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