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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 tribesman to their gods. During 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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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Miramax,RHI Entertainment See more »
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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It was originally made as a U.S. television film for Hallmark in 1994.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 »

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(at around 34 mins) The camera zooms out over the "uninhabited" island. Clearly visible are over a dozen modern beach-front houses in a row along two beach sections. 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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I liked the book. I was disappointed with the movie.
4 January 2002 | by jcrissSee all my reviews

I read the book many years ago and liked it. I was looking forward to seeing the movie version. I was very disappointed that the movie was so much different than the book. I guess the movie makers decided there wasn't enough action in the book so they added things (like defending the island against the natives and the fight at the end) that were not written by Defoe. I would have liked it better if they had just stuck closer to the original and concentrated on the details of how he survived on the island.


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