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Man Friday (1975)

Englishman Robinson Crusoe, stranded alone on an island for years, is overjoyed to find a fellow man, a black islander whom he names Friday. But Crusoe cannot overcome the shackles of his ... See full summary »

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Jack Gold

Writers:

Daniel Defoe (novel), Adrian Mitchell (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter O'Toole ... Robinson Crusoe
Richard Roundtree ... Friday
Peter Cellier Peter Cellier ... Carey
Christopher Cabot Christopher Cabot ... McBain
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Doctor
Sam Seabrook Sam Seabrook ... Young Girl
Stanley Bennett Clay ... Young Boy (as Stanley Clay)
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Englishman Robinson Crusoe, stranded alone on an island for years, is overjoyed to find a fellow man, a black islander whom he names Friday. But Crusoe cannot overcome the shackles of his own heritage and upbringing and is incapable of seeing Friday as anything other than a savage who needs Crusoe's brand of cultural and religious enlightenment. Friday attempts to share his own more generous and unashamed culture, but ultimately realizes that Crusoe can never see him as anything but an inferior being. With that awareness, Friday sets out to turn the tables on Crusoe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1976 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

'Sexta-Feira' See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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THURSDAY'S CHILD COMMENTS ABOUT FRIDAY'S CHIDING COMMENTARY

I have not seen this in a long while, and it has not been released on VHS or DVD, but I remember it as in intelligent spoof of Robinson Crusoe. It is the same old story we all know, but it is told from the perspective of Friday, who, if I recall correctly, narrates the tale like a hip soul brother from the 1970's replete with a Jamaican accent.

"Broter, lemme tell ya, iss da story o dis dumb wite mon, who doan know his ahs from a coconut grove."

That's not exactly what he said, but it is the gist of how things are told. Friday, Richard Roundtree, who had just finished three movies and one television series as Shaft, is a wealth of oneupsmanship over the not too bright Crusoe, played superbly by Peter O'Toole.

This is a must watch and a keeper. Write ABC Entertainment. Tell them to get it out on DVD. I think that one of the problems with this film is that AVCO Embassy Pictures, which produced it with ABC, went out of business years ago.

A choice film.


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