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
The producers of the film wanted Luis Buñuel to use Orson Welles for the role, with Buñuel refusing, saying he was too loud and too fat. They arranged a screening of Welles' Macbeth (1948) to show how a bearded Welles would look, but Buñuel demanded Dan O'Herlihy, who played Macduff in that film, for the lead role. See more »
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 »
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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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 »
As someone who is not a great admirer of surrealism in any of its forms, and who found works like Le Chien Andalou or The Obscure Object of Desire gratuitously disturbing or pretensious respectively, I was delighted to come across this beautifully sensitive telling of the Robinson Crusoe story. A story not only of survival but also of friendship it is told with great feeling and warmth.
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