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Robinson Crusoe (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 5 August 1954 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Dan O'Herlihy ... Robinson Crusoe / Crusoe's father (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
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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EVERY THRILL-SWEPT PAGE BLAZES TO LIFE ON THE SCREEN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The script was used only for the first week of shooting. Afterward, Luis Buñuel and Dan O'Herlihy would merely discuss the story and how O'Herlihy should act and react. 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 »

Quotes

Robinson Crusoe: If anyone in England met such an odd creature as I was in my 18th year of solitude, it must either have frightened them or caused a great deal of laughter.
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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 »

Connections

Version of Robinson Gruesome (1959) See more »

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Survival, Loneliness, Fear and Friendship
5 January 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On 30 September 1659, the ship of the aristocratic British Robinson Crusoe (Daniel O'Herlihy) sinks and he miraculously survives in a deserted island somewhere in South America. He retrieves the dog Rex and the cat Sam, together with some supplies, weapons, clothes and tools from the shipwreck; builds a shelter; and learns how to survive, cooking, farming, harvesting the crop and gathering a cattle. Then the loneliness disturbs 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 (Jaime Fernández) and they become friends. When Robinson Crusoe sees Caucasians in the island, he finds that Captain Oberzo (Felipe de Alba) was the victim of a mutiny and he helps him to retrieve his ship. After twenty-eight years, two months and nineteen days, Robinson Crusoe leaves the island to return to the civilization.

"Robinson Crusoe" was my favorite novel in my childhood and I do not know how many times I have read this book. Luis Buñuel, who is one of my favorite directors, makes a faithful transposition of this timeless story of survival, loneliness, fear and friendship to the cinema. This is probably the first conventional movie of Buñuel that I have ever seen and his usual surrealism is limited to the sickness and daydream of Robinson Crusoe. Daniel O'Herlihy is a perfect Robinson Crusoe and this movie is recommended for the whole family. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Robinson Crusoé" ("Robinson Crusoe")


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 August 1954 (USA) See more »

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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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