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Robinson Crusoe (1997)

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Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left ... See full summary »

Directors:

Rod Hardy (as Rodney K. Hardy), George Miller

Writers:

Daniel Defoe (novel), Christopher Lofton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pierce Brosnan ... Robinson Crusoe
William Takaku William Takaku ... Man Friday
Polly Walker ... Mary McGregor
Ian Hart ... Daniel Defoe
James Frain ... Robert / Defoe's Publisher
Damian Lewis ... Patrick Connor
Ben Robertson Ben Robertson ... James / Patrick's Brother
Martin Grace ... Captain Braga
Sean Brosnan ... Cabin Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lysette Anthony ... Mrs. Crusoe
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Crusoe's Second (as Tim McMulian)
Mal Tobias Mal Tobias ... Patrick Connor's Second
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Storyline

Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival on the island, until he meets Friday, a tribesman whom he saves from being sacrificed. Initially, Crusoe is thrilled to finally have a friend, but he has to defend himself against the tribe who uses the island to sacrifice tribesmen to their gods. Over time, their relationship changes from master-slave to a mutual respected friendship despite their difference in culture and religion. Written by Tiny T

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1997 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe See more »

Filming Locations:

Papua New Guinea

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was originally made as a U.S. television film for Hallmark in 1994. Miramax then bought the rights to capitalize on Pierce Brosnan being named the latest James Bond, with a plan to distribute it as a theatrical release. It was finally released on television in the U.S. in 2001. See more »

Goofs

A "No Swimming" sign is clearly visible in the bottom left corner of the screen in the shot of the calm beach in the morning after the storm in which Crusoe and Friday lose their boat and livestock. The same shot shows several palm trees with the trunks painted white, an unnecessary and impossible feat for Crusoe and only done in modern times to keep ants out of the trees. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel Defoe: I am a journalist Robert, I assure you. I have very little interest in your flights of fancy.
Robert: You Daniel Defoe are a writer. It's your destiny as such to bring this remarkable man's story, a story of intense struggle, extraordinary friendship, and undying love to the world.
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Connections

Version of Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) See more »

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Unimpressive
10 March 2002 | by br2brownSee all my reviews

At the risk of repeating what others have already written, this movie is not the same "Robinson Crusoe" that Daniel Dafoe wrote. While some might question whether this matters, I think it is fair, at the very least, to complain that it falsely presents itself as being something it isn't. I rented this movie to see an adaptation of Dafoe's novel, which this isn't. Lest I leave the impression that the film's "artistic license" is my only complaint, though, I should mention that this isn't a very good movie by any measure. I guess they tried to punch up the book by adding romance, conflict, and action scenes that could best be described as a curious mix of the A Team and MacGyver. Suffice to say, there are better ways for viewers to spend their time and money. 3 out of 10.


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