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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay), Johann David Wyss (novel) (as Johann Wyss)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Father
Dorothy McGuire ... Mother
James MacArthur ... Fritz
Janet Munro ... Roberta
Sessue Hayakawa ... Kuala - Pirate Chief
Tommy Kirk ... Ernst
Kevin Corcoran ... Francis
Cecil Parker ... Captain Moreland
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Auban - Pirate
Milton Reid ... Big Pirate
Larry Taylor ... Battoo - Pirate
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Storyline

A family in route to New Guinea is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They are forced to remain on the island because of the damage to the ship and the pirates that are roaming the islands. They create a home on the island (centering around a huge tree house) and explore the island and its wildlife. Plenty of adventure ensues as the family deals with issues of survival and pirates, and the brothers must learn how to live on the island with an uncertain future. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Actually filmed amid the spectacular splendor of the tropical West Indies! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ciudadela de los Robinson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,356,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2018 Tommy Kirk (Ernst) is the only surviving member of main cast . See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, the damaged sailing ship has the wind astern in one shot, then from the port side in the next. See more »

Quotes

[reflecting on their island paradise]
Mother: It's wonderful for today, but what about tomorrow?
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Connections

Remade as The Swiss Family Robinson (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Swisskapolka
(uncredited)
Music by Bob Jackman and Buddy Baker
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Swiss Family Robinson
8 January 2006 | by mhrabovsky1-1See all my reviews

Pure Disney magic! What a movie....might just be the greatest Disney film of all, might throw in "Pollyanna" and "Song of the South" in there as close competition. What is there not to like? Beautiful photography and a perfect casting of Dorothy McGuire as the mother who is the glue that holds the family together along with the suave British actor John Mills (Hayley's father) as the dad of the family. Great opening scene of foundering ship nearly stuck on a reef during violent storm...family quickly recognizes they will be on the island for the long haul and makes it an island paradise complete with a tree house that the Hilton hotel chain could rent out for big bucks. Family makes use of every scrap of fabric, wood, powder, and weapons as they struggle to survive the hazards of the island they are stranded upon. How in the world did the Disney team transport all of the animals onto that small island for this wonderful film? Zebras, elephants, snakes, tigers, and throw in an ostrich too for a family fun filled ride picnic. Only thing I wondered about was how the entire crew of pirates seem to be madeup of asians....most pirates in films are usually caucasians. Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran, who flew into Tobago days after finishing "Pollyanna" and James McArthur play splendid roles as the three sons who grow up physically and discover themselves as young men on the island. Love the scenes of the watering hole complete with a natural water slide and swinging vines to traipse back and forth on. Janet Munro plays the stranded girl, rescued by McArthur and Kirk, and becomes a tug of war for affection between the two. Just the scenery alone on the island and the lagoons makes me want to visit the filming sight. This is a timeless classic, watch it a couple of times a year and it is just as entertaining the second time as the first. Wish Disney would re-release this film to theatres so you could see it on a big wide screen, preferably Imax. Movies just do not get any better than this one. Perfect film for family viewing.


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