Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 October 2001 (USA)
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A fun behind-the-scenes look into the 60's television series, "Gilligan's Island."



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The Scandals. The Egos. The Fights. Find out what when on when the cameras went off.


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Well Done! Propaganda certainly not!
7 February 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This documentary movie hosted by Dawn Wells, Bob Denver and Russel Johnson was incredibly well done!

The actors that re-enacted the roles of the castaways were superb, the young man who portrayed Jim Backus had a hell of a task on his hands and performed pretty well.

The actor who Portrayed Alan Hale had his character down to a Science. Tina Louis was portrayed most accurately.

If you pay close attention to this movie it explains why Tina never comes to the reunions, she wanted nothing to do with this show after it was over, she demanded extra high pay to play Ginger in the Rescue from Gilligan's Island so Schwartz told her where to go and he got another actress, this is not mentioned in the film.

The fact that Tina Louis was tricked into doing this show by her agent is a good enough explaination and is fully explained here.

No one is portrayed as a saint in this film, whoever made that comment was totally wrong!

This film follows up the E! True Hollywood Story Nicely and by the way Tina Louis allowed herself to be interviewed by E! for that documentary.

I give this 4 stars for excellent acting and accuracy! Worth checking out if it is shown again.

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