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Strange Holiday (1970)

Ten young boys are shipwrecked somewhere in Oceania.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaeme Hamilton Jaeme Hamilton ... Briant
Mark Healey Mark Healey ... Doniphan
Jaime Massang Jaime Massang ... Moco
Van Alexander Van Alexander ... Gordon
Ross Williams Ross Williams ... Jacob
Simon Asprey Simon Asprey ... Iverson
Peter Alexander Peter Alexander ... Garnett
Michael Barry Michael Barry ... Service
Mark Lee ... Costar
Larry Crane Larry Crane ... Wilcox
Carmen Duncan ... Castaway Nurse Kate
Ben Gabriel Ben Gabriel
Mark Hertson Mark Hertson
Goff Vockler Goff Vockler
Tony Allen Tony Allen ... (as Tony Allan)


Ten boys and a dog are shipwrecked on an island in the Pacific. After a storm they discover another boat has been shipwrecked on the island. They make friends with two of the survivors, a nurse and ship's carpenter, but discover there are three other survivors who are ruthless mutineers. The children manage to outwit the mutineers, the carpenter builds them a boat and they sail home. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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A fun filled adventure drama with ten fantastic kids on a Pacific island.


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

1 January 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Boys of Lost Island See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Edited into CBS Children's Film Festival: Strange Holiday (1975) See more »

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Offbeat 'B' Matinee Movie, For Teens
9 September 2018 | by wendelsitka-1See all my reviews

An interesting, odd, and memorable scouting-type movie, from Down Under. Given the small budget, the (amateur) teen actors compensated by proudly and seriously engaging their all into their roles. Acting is stilted but their values and abilities are impressive- how to make do/survive on a desolate remote island, even including dutiful social order, (in direct opposition to "Lord of The Flies" mayhem). Kudos to their efforts!

It's a one of a kind presentation, so different, it has stayed in mind for decades. For me, it's a rare 'B' gem, definitely.

It cannot be compared to "Home Alone", that's ridiculous! (as suggested by another reviewer). For one, these boys are role models.

But ridiculous is a theme widely explored, mostly due to budget issues, and improvisation. Engage your sense of humor!

"Strange Holiday" is the original uncut movie. "Boys of Lost Island" is the same movie- censored. Edited out (under two minutes deleted) are a group skinny dip, and other minor 'skin' scenes, likely making it more suitable for the US audience.

Fans of off-beat/unusual youth cinema, scouting, and island castaways may appreciate this unique film.

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