David Robinson is being shipped off to a penal colony. His wife and kids are allowed to acompany him. A storm strikes the ship and the family (save for one son, Jacob) are trapped below ... See full summary »
David Robinson is being shipped off to a penal colony. His wife and kids are allowed to acompany him. A storm strikes the ship and the family (save for one son, Jacob) are trapped below deck. Jacob is raised by pirates, and the family gets out of the boat and on to land, salvaging as much as they can from the boat, including dogs, chickens, and muskets. They learn to survive and build a shelter on land. Then, Jacob's pirates kidnap Emily, the daughter of a sea-captain. She escapes onto the island and becomes a love intrest with Fritz and Ernst. Jacob is reunited with his family during a battle with the pirates over Emily, and she is returned to her father. In the end, the family goes there own ways, some staying on the island, some going home. Written by
Girls. If it weren't for girls, I'd never go back. Would you?
What about books? You'd go back for books.
Well, obviously books! But apart from girls and books...
So, apart from music, food, books, and girls, you'd stay on our island.
You know, if he's found his way back to London, he's probably having a wonderful time with the music, food, books, and girls. In fact, he's probably thinking "If it weren't for the music, food, books, and girls, I'd ...
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Hallmark has spent a lot of money on their "Family Robinson" tale and it looks gorgeous, the money is there to behold in lavish sets, great cinematography. I saw this purely by chance, when I ordered the wrong DVD (should have been the Spanish Stranded from same year!), nevertheless it provides 3 hours of pretty decent entertainment for all but the youngest children. The violence by the end of the film may not make it ideal choice of entertainment for pre-schoolers. TV director Charles Beeson directs a cast of lesser-known actors but Brana Bajic as Lara Robinson is certainly a looker! Other than that the cast is pretty anonymous and misses the mark when it comes to suspense. Few surprises here, this is a classic whitehat/blackhat movie. The kids will love it, but the grown-ups may find this a bit anemic. Will do nicely on a rainy day, however and the lavish tropical pictures will linger on.
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