Crusoe (1988)




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This film is very loosely based on novelist Daniel Defoe's story of Robinson Crusoe. In this version, Crusoe is an insensitive slave trader in the 19th century, shipwrecked on an island with many black natives. Over the course of his stay, Crusoe learns from them, rather than the other way around.
PG-13 (violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Aidan Quinn
as Crusoe
Ade Sapara
as The Warrior
Elvis Payne
as Runaway Slave
Richard Sharp
as Colcol
Colin Bruce
as Clerk
William Hootkins
as Auctioneer
Shane Rimmer
as Mr. Mather
Jimmy Nail
as Tarik
Chris Pitt
as Kitchen Lad
Raymond Johnson
as 1st Victim
James Kennedy
as Capt. Harding
Timothy Spall
as Rev. Milne
Warren Clarke
as Capt. Lee
Michael Higgins
as Dr. Martin
Oliver Platt
as Mr. Newby
Warren Clark
as Captain Lee
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Critic Reviews for Crusoe

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

An intriguing revisionist take on the DeFoe story from moonlighting cinematographer Caleb Deschanel.

October 14, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Brilliant cinematographer Caleb Deschanel directs another adaptation of Defoe's classic tale.

July 26, 2002

Beautifully filmed, but suffers from deliberate pacing and a shallow, uninspired viewpoint.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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June 29, 2005

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May 5, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Crusoe

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

The Robinson Crusoe story with a few twists. Crusoe as a slave trader. I did not see the twists as an improvement over the original story.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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I watched this film on Netflix Instant Watch and the Film was of good video quality. The Audio is very low on my laptop so I have to wear earphones turned up 100 percent, if anyone knows how to correct this problem please contact me. The film itself spent little time with the native Friday, more time was spent with Crusoe getting a out of season slave trade ship, the cruise, the shipwreck and after that little time was left for the Island Adventure and Friday. The story seems to have been modified, either that I don't the real story. I just don't remember the slitting of throats and the beheading of black natives for a native ritual sacrifice. I can only give this one 2 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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