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Crusoe (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | 31 March 1989 (USA)
Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked and he finds himself all alone on a tropical island. With a few tools he manages to rescue from the wreck he has to learn to support himself until help arrives.


Caleb Deschanel


Daniel Defoe (book), Walon Green (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... Crusoe
Elvis Payne Elvis Payne ... Runaway Slave
Richard D. Sharp Richard D. Sharp ... Colcol (as Richard Sharp)
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Clerk
William Hootkins ... Auctioneer
Shane Rimmer ... Mr. Mather
Jimmy Nail ... Tatik
Patrick Monckton Patrick Monckton ... Cook (as Patrick Monkton)
Chris Pitt Chris Pitt ... Kitchen Lad
James Kennedy James Kennedy ... Capt. Harding
Timothy Spall ... Rev. Milne (as Tim Spall)
Ade Sapara ... The Warrior
Hepburn Graham Hepburn Graham ... Lucky
Raymond Johnson ... 1st Victim
Ricco Ross ... 2nd Victim


Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked and he finds himself all alone on a tropical island. With a few tools he manages to rescue from the wreck he has to learn to support himself until help arrives.

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31 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crusoe - Etelämeren seikkailija See more »

Filming Locations:

Avala Studios, Belgrade, Serbia See more »


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Island Pictures See more »
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This was first announced in 1973. See more »


When Crusoe comes up from the hull of the ship, after salvaging provisions, there is a CINDER BLOCK in the frame behind Mr. Quinns "Crusoe" character. Cinder blocks were not used until the 1920's. See more »


Version of Robinson Crusoe (1997) See more »

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the classic story, with a new spin
12 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

This 1988 revision of Daniel Dafoe's popular desert island survival adventure has enough of a modern conscience to suggest a tropical variation of 'The Defiant Ones', with Virginia gentleman slave trader Crusoe (no first name is given: could it be Robinson?) shipwrecked off the African coast and chained by circumstance to a native tribesman. Director Caleb Deschanel brings to his own film some of the same meticulous attention to visual detail from his work elsewhere as an ace cinematographer, in this instance hiding the shortcomings of an underdeveloped screenplay behind lots of glorious surf-and-sand imagery. The story itself, perhaps because of its familiarity in outline, unfolds with a surprising lack of emotion for such a compelling scenario. Little information is offered about its protagonist except that he's a bigot with a lesson to learn, so what little character he has isn't very sympathetic. But the idea alone still carries a lingering fascination, making the film a consistently interesting if not always very involving experience.

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