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Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 14 October 1978
The castaways must try to readjust to life in civilization after they are rescued from the island.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Denver ... Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. ... Skipper Jonas Grumby
Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer ... Lovey Wentworth Howell
Judith Baldwin ... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr.
Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers
Vincent Schiavelli ... Dimitri
Art LaFleur ... Ivan
Norman Bartold ... Producer
Barbara Mallory ... Cindy Smith
June Whitley Taylor June Whitley Taylor ... Miss Ainsworth
Martin Rudy Martin Rudy ... Dean
Mary Gregory Mary Gregory ... Mrs. Devonshire
Glenn Robards Glenn Robards ... Mr. Devonshire


When a decaying Russian satellite crashes on the island, the Professor uses a key component for a barometer. With that device, he learns that a massive wave is going to swamp the island. In desperation, the castaways lash their huts together into one structure in order to have any chance to ride the disaster out. The wave strikes the island and the hut is swept out to sea. Once there, Gilligan accidents starts a fire trying to cook a meal and nearly burns the floating hut down. Occupied with stopping the fire, the gang fails to notice that the smoke caught the attention of a naval helicopter who summoned a ship to rescue the castaways. In triumph, they return to Hawaii, only to learn that things have changed over the years and they will have trouble fitting in. To further complicate matters, two Russian spies are after that the key component that Gilligan now wears as a necklace. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Gilligan, the Skipper, Mary Ann, the Professor and all your favorites are back in an all-new movie! See more »




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Did You Know?


Sherwood Schwartz ended up using his own money to fund Rescue from Gilligans Island since the studio was going to limit his funding and creative control. See more »


At the end of the movie, the castaways don't realize where they are, but how could they not?? They paddled into the lagoon, something they had seen every single day for 15 years. See more »


[first lines]
Skipper: Gilligan. Gilligan!
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Alternate Versions

Some video versions, UAV for example, remove the Universal logo and replaced the original theme music in the title. But the theme can still be heard in the movie as background music. See more »


Follows Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »


Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
Music by George Wyle
Lyrics by Sherwood Schwartz
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Pretty unfunny reunion movie
28 March 2013 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Before watching the reunion movie "Rescue from Gilligan's Island", the only exposure I had to the original television series was seeing the last five minutes of one episode. After watching this reunion movie, I have absolutely no desire to watch any more of the original show. This reunion movie goes wrong in just about every way you can think of. Most of the principle cast looks very tired and old, and seeing them try to get the energy to do their shtick is a sad sight. In fairness to the cast, they were working with an incredibly bad script. The gags are as tired and old as the cast. Not only that, but the movie doesn't seem to know what to do with its premise, having the rescued castaways doing things that don't seem the least bit comically inspired. Also, an incredible amount of time is spent on the subplot with the communist spies hunting for Gilligan's medallion, a subplot that's ultimately for nothing and could have easily been written out without affecting the rest of the story in the least bit. This sorry excuse for a movie should be marooned on an uncharted island.

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