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also known as The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe1952

  • 3.9
The year is 1659. There is a shipwreck and the sole survivor, Robinson Crusoe, is washed ashore on a deserted tropical island. Suddenly faced with a hostile and unknown wilderness, he carves out a life for himself with his bare hands. Remarkably, he learns how to survive the maddening absence of human companionship and intense loneliness. Based on Daniel Defoe's immortal classic, it is a story about the human spirit's ability to endure what seem to be insurmountable challenges. Nominated for Best Actor at the 1955 Academy Awards®.

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"…free of that deadly solicitude that usually kills off classics." - Pauline Kael, the New Yorker


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Great telling of the classic tale. No special effects needed, just a master director, a fine central performance and a great script. The locations are well chosen and make you feel stranded along with Crusoe. The inner struggle of Crusoe, his touching relationship with animals and his loneliness are well drawn. As always with Bunuel the brutality of nature is presented in a matter of fact way. This film is for kids older than 12 because there are some sad scenes with animals dying and some cannibals getting knocked off by cannibals. Highly recommended.

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Great telling of the classic tale. No special effects needed, just a master director, a fine central performance and a great script. The locations are well chosen and make you feel stranded along with Crusoe. The inner struggle of Crusoe, his touching relationship with animals and his loneliness are well drawn. As always with Bunuel the brutality of nature is presented in a matter of fact way. This film is for kids older than 12 because there are some sad scenes with animals dying and some cannibals getting knocked off by cannibals. Highly recommended.

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Masterfully shot and told, old-fashioned adventure with colorful, exotic sets and a great performance by Dan O’Herlithy of despondent loneliness bordering on madness. The dream and delirium scenes add interest to the straightforward story. Very entertaining.

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Pretty tame & standard production of an adventure classic. It's hardly like some of Bunuel's more radical projects. Yet, it is a well done film with good cinematography & believable acting. Maybe Bunuel chose a classic like Robinson Crusoe to portray the purity of Man when isolated from the corruption that Bunuel saw in organized religion, in the upper middle class lifestyle, & in government regulation that he so savaged in many of his other films.

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Proof that Bunuel could make a completely straightforward film if he wanted to. One of the greatest masters of cinema, Bunuel's Crusoe is the best treatment of this story ever. Umm..I didn't see the Tom Hanks version, but I don't need to.

The color version of this classic tale (fiction thought to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk) is a feast for the eyes. You start to feel that you are on the tropical island yourself with all of it's green foliage and wildlife. Crusoe works hard to create a comfortable living environment, but he still craves human companionship. At his wit's end, he meets Friday, and they eventually become life-long friends (after discovering each other's motives). There are some exciting adventures just before the conclusion.

By the way, the answer to Friday's question is: sin eventually leads to unhappiness, corruption, brokenness and death. That is not what God wants for us.

Crusoe's treatment of Friday when they first meet shows just how far we have gone and still need to go to achieve racial equality in this world. It seems ingrained in white people to patronize, and it takes effort to overcome this. Helpful to understand the roots and extent of systemic racism, to see racism in ourselves.

The film is of course a masterful rendition of a great classic.

Quite conventional by Bunuel standards, with few of his typical concerns. Certainly this is not a good starting point if you're new to this director. Sadly Fandor is unlikely to have access to the better ones, but I'd love to see Illusion Travels By Street Car again

"Someday, if you are good, I'll teach you to smoke."

Very Good Film with Biblical Views and Morals Incorporated in the film that you don't see in Movies of today.

Bunuel's existential spin on this classic story is magnificent. His iconic images and Daniel O'Herlihy's deftly modulated performance are pure joy. Crusoe railing biblical verses into an empty landscape is pure Bunuel. Granted, it has a slightly dated quality, but that adds to its magic and majesty. It's profound compared to the phoniness of something like Cast Away.

I LOVE! it YES BRUNO IT IS GUST SO GOOD!

I have seen this many times years ago and still enjoy it.

This is one my most favorite books and must say this film captures the book very well.

I have seen many film versions of Robinson Crusoe, and this is the the best I have seen.