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Shipwrecked (1990)

Haakon Haakonsen (original title)
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A young Norwegian boy in 1850s England goes to work as a cabin boy and discovers some of his shipmates are actually pirates.

Director:

Nils Gaup

Writers:

O.V. Falck-Ytter (book), Nils Gaup (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stian Smestad ... Haakon Haakonsen
Gabriel Byrne ... Lt. John Merrick
Louisa Milwood-Haigh Louisa Milwood-Haigh ... Mary (as Louisa Haigh)
Trond Peter Stamsø Munch Trond Peter Stamsø Munch ... Jens
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Mr. Håkonsen
Eva von Hanno Eva von Hanno ... Mrs. Håkonsen
Kjell Stormoen Kjell Stormoen ... The Captain
Karl Sundby Karl Sundby ... Bosun
Knut Walle Knut Walle ... Berg
Harald Brenna Harald Brenna ... Steine
John Sigurd Kristensen John Sigurd Kristensen ... Bakken
Geo von Krogh Geo von Krogh ... Old Salt
Frank Krog Frank Krog ... Wernes
Joachim Rafaelsen Joachim Rafaelsen ... Ole
Guy Fithen Guy Fithen ... Thatcher
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Storyline

Haakon Haakonsen didn't want to go to sea so young, but when his father, a Norwegian sailor, comes home with a badly wounded foot in the 1850s, the Haakonsen family finances require him to enlist as ship boy aboard a British ship under Royal Navy authority. After some hazing he buckles up to learn the hard work and gets accepted by the rough crew. Then Royal Navy lieutenant John Merrick is welcomed to take charge of security on a long voyage to Sidney and Calcutta, through pirates-infested waters, but Haakon distrusts him after finding out that he packed concealed weapons; indeed Merrick secretly poisons the captain. Haakon and his guardian angel, his father's best mate Jens, were about to feel the claw of the cat for helping a stowaway when a rock wrecks the ship. Haakon washes up an island where he finds a pirates treasure and weapons. Written by KGF Vissers

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ship | boy | island | pirate | norwegian | See All (127) »

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A quest for survival that became the adventure of a lifetime.

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Norway | Sweden | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shipwrecked See more »

Filming Locations:

Fiji See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK 60,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,100,000, 31 December 1990
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A dramatization by Norwegian author O. V. Falck-Ytter's "Haakon Haakonsen. En norsk Robinson" (Haakon Haakonsen. A Norwegian Robinson), an action-adventure story aimed at youths, it was inspired by Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" and published in 1873. See more »

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Haakon's footwear repairs itself as he spends time on the island. When he's washed ashore, he's barefoot, or nearly so, and when he falls into the pit he has just part of a shoe on his right foot. Then, as he builds the boobytraps, he has parts of shoes on both feet. He sees the flare from the other island, builds a boat and launches it barefoot - then wades out of the water on the other island wearing two completely intact shoes. See more »

Quotes

Mary: This is so stupid. I'm the one that should go. Hakon you know the island best and Jens you know everything else.
Håkon: It's too dangerous.
Mary: I sneaked on board your ship while you were standing guard.
Jens: I believe her.
Håkon: Have you ever used a gun before.
Mary: I think I can handle myself.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode dated 5 December 1991 (1991) See more »

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Surprisingly good...esp. Haakon
8 January 2006 | by keoismynameSee all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much when I picked up a DVD of this title. I thought it would be full of inept kid actors and suitable only for the younger ones.

Well, I was in for a pleasant surprise. The acting was quite good although occasionally I got the impression that certain actors seemed slightly strained, as if English might not be their native language. I was quite impressed with the kid (Haakon)...He was great. Great sets and scenery too! The story was weak in a few spots, but then I'm analyzing a family film from an adult perspective. But the story was much better than most family films I've seen lately. Character development could have used just a small bit of improvement. But then again, it was much better than most movies of this genre.

I won't spoil the story except to say that the ending is stereotypical. But I guess that is to be expected in a family film.

I'm giving a high (8) recommendation on this title. If your family likes pirate/treasure-type movies (Treasure Island, Goonies, etc.) you will surely enjoy this one. I enjoyed watching this, even as an adult.

P.S. I am curious as to why Haakon (Stian) did not play in any more movies (maybe he did, but I've not discovered them). He seems like the type studios would go "ga ga" over (plus, he seemed talented...unlike most kid actors).


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