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Robinson Crusoe

Pierce Brosnan , William Takaku , George Miller , Rod Hardy    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   VHS Tape
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Pierce Brosnan stars in a new movie version of the classic adventure tale Robinson Crusoe. After killing a friend in a duel, Crusoe flees his native Scotland and takes to the high seas. A storm casts him ashore on an island in the Indian Ocean, where he builds himself a home out of bamboo and goes a little crazy from solitude--until he finds a footprint in the sand that isn't his. The relationship between Crusoe and Friday, a native from a neighboring island, gets a more contemporary (less colonial) interpretation than in the original story; the result is quite enjoyable. Brosnan is particularly good at depicting Crusoe's borderline madness from isolation, and William Takaku gives Friday both dignity and intelligence. The cinematography of the island is gorgeous. --Bret Fetzer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 9 2002
Format:DVD
An overall poor performance that is easily outshadowed by Aidan Quinn's performance in the same role of the same title which was released in 1988. The 1988 release was not only a superior performance for Quinn, but was also better directed with an incredibly emotional and haunting score. It's surprising that not many people know of this earlier release. Sadly, there seems to be no available soundtrack to the 1988 release of Crusoe. If anyone knows of one, please let me know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Survival Movie June 8 2003
Format:DVD
I don't know how the plot of this film compares with the book - I read it so long ago that I remember only Crusoe, Friday, and the bad guys from the other island, all of whom are here. What I can say is that this is an elegantly filmed, well-acted survival story. It grabs you right at the beginning and holds its intensity right through to the end. Pierce Brosnan is excellent as Robinson Crusoe. (I like him best in films where he has a chance to do more than look pretty such as "Taffin," "The Heist," "The Tailor of Panama," and "Evelyn," along with this one.) And William Takaku makes a believable Friday. In this version, Crusoe goes through hell, but comes home to a happy ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined a great story April 30 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Don't waste your time or money on this one. They took a great story and ruined it with political correctness.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Once was enough Oct. 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The movie, "Robinson Crusoe" seems to be centered wholly on the notion that human race is not fit to be alive at all. It throws prejudices in ones face, without dealing with them. Flies corruption like a banner without the balance of integrity, and altogether butchers Daniel Defoe's account of Robinson Crusoe's escapades. Through gunfight and anger, harsh words and mixed-up sequences this film ambles. Leaving the viewer with the impression that all good things come to an end, but the bad remain forever. It is this sort of movie that makes a person grateful to the movie rentals. One viewing was enough for me!
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1.0 out of 5 stars True or False? Oct. 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Everyone is pretty much familiar with the classic tale spun by Daniel Defoe.... (Or, if not, they should be.) If such is what the viewer expects from the "Robinson Crusoe" movie, or if you wish to enjoy a good moral, this is not the film for you.
As a person who is fond of all whole and decent tales, I can say truly, after watching this movie, (dubbed inaccurately "Robinson Crusoe") I felt ill. Not that the story was completely re-written, for, as we all know, a re-written story can be excellent at times. But, that through this lame attempt to make the racial issues in "Robinson Crusoe" (the book) palatable to the modern mindset; instead of focusing on the gracious example of Friday, or the moral of the story, this movie seems to wish to overlook any true illustration of decency.... offering, instead, the crippled climax of man's incompetence.

Not wishing the reader to assume this review was written in a furious attempt to squash any chances the movie might have for some mischievous reason of my own, I would like to assure all who may look upon these words, this is as unprejudiced and accurate a report as possible.

The best that may be said for this film is that the actor, (Pierce Brosnan) did show some talent in portraying George Miller and Rod Hardy's mediocre account of Robinson.
Though other of Pierce Brosnan's rolls are a deal more enjoyable, no one can quite dislike him, no matter the ruffian he plays. Though it comes close, I admit.
For the storyline itself, I leave you to rely on previous reviews, which, I'm sure will do a thorough job depicting and dissecting this fable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Adaption of a Timeless Classic Sept. 21 2002
By Tom
Format:DVD
I am not of the opinion that story lines or characters in classic books need be kept intact when converting a book to film; however, if a script writer wants to completely revamp a plot, his version should at least be more interesting than the original .
The ONLY similarities between the Defoe classic and this film are as follows: the lead character's name is Robinson Crusoe, the savage's name is Friday, and Crusoe is shipwrecked on an island. The Tom Hanks film Cast Away is closer to Defoe's plot line than this film (and has much better acting and dialogue).
Granted, this script has far more action than the original work (Crusoe's ship apparently had an unlimited supply of salvageable gunpowder) as Crusoe becomes an almost comical booby-trap-setting military strategist defending against a savage onslaught (if you liked Disney's Swiss Family Robinson, you may actually enjoy the exploding tree houses and rope-traps that predictably befall the ignorant savages). But the film's action, can't keep an otherwise unriveting plot and medicore acting afloat.
In sum, read the classic, watch Cast Away and the Swiss Family Robinson, and pray for the careers of the script writers and director of this poor film.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This movie was a waste of time May 16 2002
By atlgurl
Format:DVD
First of all, for all the movie critics out there, this had barely any real correlation to the book it was based on. I always thought Crusoe was English not Scottish, and when did he ever kill some one in Scotland? And bodies never washed up on the shore in the book. Friday was not African American in the book either, as he was portrayed in the movie. Even if you want to watch the movie for the sake of it's action quality, there is no action, so move along and pick another movie.
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