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Swiss Family Robinson

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)


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None of the many cinemadaptations of Johan Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson are as relentlessly enjoyable as this 1960 Disney feature. The film wastes no time getting down to business, with the shipwreck of the Robinson family occurring as the credits flash across the screen. Fashioning a raft, the family heads to a lush tropical island. While the mother (Dorothy McGuire) isn't too happy about being a castaway, the father (John Mills) and the sons (James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran) are


Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Lowell S. Hawley

May 7, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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The Swiss Family Robinson, like most of Walt Disney's screen versions of the children's classics, is good Disney and bad culture.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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It's hard to imagine how the picture could be better as a rousing, humorous and gentle-hearted tale of family love amid primitive isolation and dangers.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Mild peril, dated animation in tale of island survival.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Good intro for kids reluctant to watch old movies.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's something for everybody in this Disney's live action adventure made for the entire family, which may explain why it was the most commercially popular film of 1960.

August 7, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

It's no Pirates Of The Caribbean but the spirit of adventure, and Disney's high production values, means that there's still some fun to be had watching this wholesome family adapt to island life.

March 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Chock-full of exotic locations and animals, desert-island DIY ingenuity, and high-spirited excitement, with a poignant subplot involving the rivalry of the two elder sons.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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The escapist atmosphere is still difficult to resist.

June 10, 2005

Classic family adventure with pirates and animals on an exotic island. What's not to love?

June 1, 2005
Movie Metropolis

unrealistic disney fun

February 26, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Should be called Swiss Army Robinson.

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

With mom's parasols and dad's water wheel inventions, this family looks like the original inhabitants of Gilligan's Island. Of course, this is not meant to be a comedy...

May 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

It has atmosphere, wild animals, pirates, and most of all, an awe-inspiring sense of wonderment about creativity in general and about inventions in particular. Director Ken Annakin fashions an imaginative and special movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Swiss Family Robinson

Next to 20,000 Leagues, I would say that this is one of Disney's best live action movies of the time. It's such a fun movie with everything you love about adventure. Pirates, tree houses, animal races, etc. It's just an extremely rich story that is told beautifully, there's no way you can't love this movie.
January 13, 2010

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yes i know it's corny but i still want to live in a treehouse!
September 5, 2008
Stella Dallas

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one of my all time favorite family classics. i must have watched this film no less than 20 times when i was a kid. ultimatley it is rediculously over the top, but its fun and adventurous like few other films. great flick.
November 28, 2007
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