Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson

Ken Annakin (1960)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


An 18th-century family becomes shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The father and his eldest son begin building a new home, but find their efforts jeopardised by the unwanted attention of nearby pirates. Disney adventure based on the novel by Johann David Wyss, starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk and Janet Munro.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Ken Annakin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama