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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:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The day before production started on this film, June 8, 1994, Pierce Brosnan was being introduced to the press as the new James Bond at the Regent Hotel in London. He was already sporting his Robinson Crusoe beard. 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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What this is (in the aspect of: Is this what Defoe wrote?) I do NOT care, How it is, I CARE
28 August 2000 | by stamperSee all my reviews

And how is it. It is good. The story, about friendship and loneliness and also society as it was then, is good of course even if it is slightly modified. But I do not care if it is, for the actors are good and the filmmaking is too. I especially like William Takaku (Friday). He is very good and plays his role perfectly and he is of course in the best scenes of the movie, which actually doesn't start until Crusoe meets Friday. Before that meeting there are some scenes of lesser quality. But there are far more good or very good scenes, favourite scenes are: the burial, the readying of the boat, the last fight scene on the island, the last shot plus the afterwards inserted text and especially the DUEL at the end.

7 out of 10


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