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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island.

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writers:

Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay), Johann David Wyss (novel) (as Johann Wyss)
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Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Father Robinson
Dorothy McGuire ... Mother Robinson
James MacArthur ... Fritz Robinson
Janet Munro ... Roberta
Sessue Hayakawa ... Kuala - Pirate Chief
Tommy Kirk ... Ernst Robinson
Kevin Corcoran ... Francis Robinson
Cecil Parker ... Captain Moreland
Andy Ho Andy Ho ... Auban - Pirate
Milton Reid ... Big Pirate
Larry Taylor ... Battoo - Pirate
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Storyline

A family in route to New Guinea is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They are forced to remain on the island because of the damage to the ship and the pirates that are roaming the islands. They create a home on the island (centering around a huge tree house) and explore the island and its wildlife. Plenty of adventure ensues as the family deals with issues of survival and pirates, and the brothers must learn how to live on the island with an uncertain future. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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THRILL TO The Fabled Tree-House! -- The Wild Animal Race! -- The Great Pirate Attack! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tommy Kirk (Ernst Robinson) considered quitting at one point, as he was so desperately homesick. See more »

Goofs

When Father is lighting the bombs using a torch, it loses ignition and gains it again throughout the scene. See more »

Quotes

Father: Right now being alive is more important than being found.
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Connections

Featured in Living Seas (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

O Christmas Tree
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Anschütz
Performed by Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, John Mills, and Janet Munro
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a bit of 60s-era trivia
5 June 2004 | by notmicroSee all my reviews

IMBD refused to post this in the "Trivia" section, so I'll add it as a comment: note that throughout the film, the men are often shirtless; however their pants and shorts are always carefully tailored to cover their navels, like Barbara Eden's harem-pants in "I Dream of Jeannie".

If you have access to the DVD, it is very well worth it to watch the special-features documentaries and interviews on disc 2. What the actors and crew went through to make this thing is incredible! The many animals used are mostly nasty and potentially very dangerous. That no one got disemboweled by a zebra or ostrich kick, or a tiger-claw, is a miracle; let alone the face-off scene with the hyenas! Wrestling an anaconda chest-deep in a mosquito and leech-infested swamp is probably not a role most actors dream of. James MacArthur was told by the snake's handler to just dunk the snake's head under water when it started to constrict him; apparently it worked, as he lived to tell the tale!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swiss Family Robinson See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$40,356,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,356,000
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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