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Robinson Crusoe (1954)

The classic story of Robinson Crusoe, a man who is dragged to a desert island after a shipwreck

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Daniel Defoe (novel), Hugo Butler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dan O'Herlihy ... Robinson Crusoe / Crusoe's father (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Jaime Fernández Jaime Fernández ... Friday (as Jaime Fernandez)
Felipe de Alba Felipe de Alba ... Captain Oberzo
Chel López Chel López ... The Bos'n (as Chel Lopez)
José Chávez José Chávez ... Leader of the Mutiny (as Jose Chavez)
Emilio Garibay Emilio Garibay ... Leader of the Mutiny
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Storyline

On 30 September 1659, the aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe's ship sinks and he miraculously survives on a deserted island somewhere in South America. He retrieves a dog, Rex, and cat, Sam, from the shipwreck together with some supplies, weapons, clothes and tools and builds a shelter. He soon learns how to survive by cooking, farming, harvesting the crops. Then the loneliness begins to haunt him, especially after the loss of Rex. When he sees a group of cannibals in the island, tension and fear become part of his life. Later he saves the life of a savage that was going to be eaten by the cannibals; he names him Friday and they become friends. When Robinson Crusoe sees Caucasians on the island, he finds that Captain Oberzo was the victim of a mutiny and he helps him to retrieve his ship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tepeyac Studios, Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. High Fidelity Sound)

Color:

Color (Pathe Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Luis Buñuel's first all-English film; the script was also written in English, but according to Dan O'Herlihy Bunuel only directed him in Spanish. See more »

Goofs

Two different cats are used that look nothing alike to play the same cat. Sam, the cat he rescues from the shipwreck is a calico. By the time they reach shore, Sam has somehow transformed into a gray and white tabby and remains that way throughout the rest of the movie. See more »

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Crusoe's father: [as an apparition] My boy, you should not leave your native country.
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Alternate Versions

According to Dan O'Herlihy, he would perform each scene twice, once in English and then once in Spanish, for the English-language and Spanish-language versions, although a Spanish-speaking actor was used later to dub O'Herlihy's voice in the Spanish-language version anyway. See more »

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Version of Play for Today: Man Friday (1972) See more »

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God helps those.......
4 July 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Robinson honoring the day of the Lord?When you know Bunuel's huge body of work,you do know that scene can only be ironical.If there's a moral to draw from his "Robinson" it's probably "God helps those who help themselves".That's what he says to his prisoner .In "La Mort en Ce Jardin" (1957) Bunuel would go further:his characters ,lost in the jungle ,light a fire with the pages of the Bible.

My favorite scene is Robinson screaming in front of the vast ocean :God is nothing but the echo of Man's voice.

Bunuel's Robinson is rather unpleasant.He is at first an idle lazy young bourgeois who has to work for the first time in his life.As always in Bunuel's canon,the nightmare scene where a mocking father appears is impressive;ditto for the voices of Robinson's old companions singing about good old time.

Robinson's relationship with Friday is very well depicted; the hero confesses he was a potential slave trader :the goal of his voyage?The dialog Robinson/Friday includes these immortal lines:

-If God's stronger than the Devil,why doesn't He kill him?

-God wants to put Man to the test.Man has choice between good and bad.

A writer,Michel Tournier ,was probably influenced by Bunuel for his book "Vendredi ou les Limbes du Pacifique" :he made Friday Robinson's equal.

An essential Bunuel? probably not.But even a minor film by this extraordinary director deserves your undivided attention.


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