Swiss Family Robinson

  • U
  • Ken Annakin (1960)
  • US
  • 121 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

John Mills and Dorothy McGuire leading their family in a chorus of Oh, Christmas Tree (in an impossibly luxurious desert-island tree house) is, for many, an abiding memory of childhood cinema-going. Viewed many moons later, this lavish (if overlong) Disney version of Johann Wyss's novel has lost little of its appeal. British director Ken Annakin shot the film on the Caribbean island of Tobago and keeps the action brisk and breezy. Compared to state-of-the-art sequences in modern action adventures, though, the shipwreck, the raft rescue and the pirate raid are perhaps not as thrilling as they once seemed.

Plot Summary

Period adventure starring John Mills. In an attempt to escape Napoleon's oppressive rule, the Robinson family board a ship and set off for a new life. But their journey comes to an abrupt halt when they are shipwrecked on a tropical island.

Cast and crew

Cast

Father Robinson
John Mills
Mother Robinson
Dorothy McGuire
Fritz Robinson
James MacArthur
Roberta
Janet Munro
Pirate chief
Sessue Hayakawa
Ernst
Tommy Kirk
Francis
Kevin Corcoran
Captain Moreland
Cecil Parker
Auban
Andy Ho
Big pirate
Milton Reid
Battoo
Larry Taylor

Crew

Director
Ken Annakin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Buena Vista
Categories
Childrens
Drama