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Robinson Crusoe on Mars ()


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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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Cmdr. Christopher 'Kit' Draper
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Friday
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Col. Dan McReady
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Mona

Directed by

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Byron Haskin

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Ib Melchior ... (screenplay) and
John C. Higgins ... (screenplay) (as John Higgins)
 
Daniel Defoe ... (novel "Robinson Crusoe")

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Aubrey Schenck ... producer
Edwin F. Zabel ... executive producer

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Van Cleave

Cinematography by

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Winton C. Hoch

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Terry O. Morse

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Arthur Lonergan
Albert Nozaki ... (as Al Nozaki)
Hal Pereira

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Bud Bashaw Jr. ... makeup artist
Wally Westmore ... makeup artist

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Robert Goodstein ... assistant director
Arthur Jacobson ... assistant director

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Harold Lewis ... sound
John Wilkinson ... sound
Howard Beals ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Lawrence W. Butler ... special effects

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Albert Whitlock ... matte artist (uncredited)

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Murray Young ... key grip (uncredited)

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Larry Bunker ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Jack Cookerly ... musician: organ (uncredited)
Ivan Ditmars ... musician: organ (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Red Mitchell ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Ted Nash ... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Fred Steiner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Irvin Talbot ... conductor (uncredited)

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Edward V. Ashburn ... technical advisor
Richard Mueller ... technicolor color consultant

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Plot Summary

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 A Lone U.S. Astronaut Space-Ship Wrecked on Mars! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Robinson Crusoé sur Mars (France)
  • Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe auf dem Mars (Germany)
  • Notlandung im Weltraum (Germany)
  • Robinson Crusoe de Marte (Spain)
  • Robinson Crusoé em Marte (Brazil)
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  • 110 min
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Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The "air pills" were stock M&Ms, while the "poi sausages" harvested from the Martian plants were pepperonis. See more »
Goofs When Draper gets in and out of pond in long shots, he's totally naked but during time he's actually in water he's wearing brown trunks. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1978). See more »
Quotes Draper: How long have you had these things on?
Friday: Sixty-two years.
Draper: How old are you?
Friday: Seventy eight.
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