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Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | June 1964 (USA)
Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut must figure out how to find oxygen, water, and food on the lifeless planet.

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Byron Haskin

Writers:

Ib Melchior (screenplay), John C. Higgins (screenplay) (as John Higgins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Mantee ... Commander Christopher Draper
Victor Lundin ... Friday
Adam West ... Colonel Dan McReady
The Woolly Monkey ... Mona
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Storyline

During a flight to Mars in the spaceship Mars Gravity Probe 1, Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are forced to deviate from an asteroid and they leave their spacecraft in pods. Draper lands on the surface of the Red Planet and survives. He learns how to produce oxygen and while exploring the planet, he finds McReady dead in his crashed pod. He finds also the monkey Mona and brings the animal to the cave where he is sheltered. He learns that he can breathe the Martian air for short periods but needs also oxygen. But Mona finds water and an edible plant in the underground. .After a long period alone, Draper feels the loneliness. One day, he sees a spacecraft landing on Mars and he believes it might be the rescue team to save him. But he finds aliens working on the planet and some of them are slaves. One of them flees and stumble with Draper and he names him Friday. Now he needs to find a way to be rescued and return to Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

The incredible adventures of a LONE U.S. ASTRONAUT! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robinson Crusoe en Marte See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Mantee states on the DVD commentary that Mona actually had a "stunt double"--a stuffed monkey. His own stunt double had the stuffed monkey wired to his back during the rigorous climbing scenes in Death Valley. See more »

Goofs

Although the story allows Kit to breathe the limited amount of oxygen on Mars, the atmosphere there is, in fact, almost 96% carbon dioxide. He would fare almost as well drawing from an automobile tailpipe. See more »

Quotes

Draper: Mr. Echo, go to hell!
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Alternate Versions

The BBFC website for the original UK theatrical release lists a running time of just 80 minutes. This suggests the film was heavily cut on its original release as the full theatrical running time is 106 minutes. See more »

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Psychological thriller in outer space
21 February 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

It would be misleading to say this is an action packed sci-fi movie. It has more of a psychological Hitchcockian nature to it. It is the story of two astronauts, one of them Batman (tongue in cheek, its really the actor Adam West) who make it to Mars, but one of them dies (I don't think this is a spoiler, since it happens early). The survivor is seen in a very realistic sense, battling the elements and natural dangers, and trying to find sustenance, while also battling the psychological reality of being alone. Does he eventually find a companion? A Friday? I won't spoil that, either. The viewer is in for a psychological roller coaster that does spark of realism, even if the Mars landscape doesn't. If you can just imagine that this is someplace else, or a Mars of the mind, then you can still accept the premise.


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