Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

Byron Haskin (1964)

105min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Once you get passed the ridiculous title this is a wholly satisfactory and intelligent slice of pulp sci-fi from Byron Haskin, director of The War of the Worlds. Shot in the bleak hostility of California's Death Valley, this is an innovative retelling of the classic Defoe tale, centering on astronaut Paul Mantee's survival challenges following a crash-landing that leaves him stranded on the red planet. Haskin wisely bypasses flashy effects to concentrate on the human element, notably the growing relationship between Mantee and the alien he rescues from a slave ship, although the harsh planet landscape, with its craters and hovering fire balls, offers a visual feast. By the way, that's Adam West - TV's Batman - as Mantee's doomed astronaut companion.

Summary

Stranded on Mars with only a monkey as a companion, an astronaut has to quickly figure out how to survive a lack of oxygen, food and water on the lifeless planet. Sci-fi drama, inspired by Daniel Defoe's classic tale, starring Paul Mantee, Adam West and Victor Lundin.

Cast & Crew

Actor Paul Mantee
Actor Adam West
Actor Victor Lundin
Director Byron Haskin

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama