Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

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This film is an adaption of Daniel Defoe's classic tale of a sailor stranded on a deserted island. In this version, Crusoe is an astronaut who crash-lands on the seemingly-abandoned planet of Mars. Soon, he meets Friday, who is an alien slave who recently escaped from his captors.

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Cast

Paul Mantee
as Cmdr. Christopher 'Kit' Draper
Vic Lundin
as Friday
Adam West
as Col. Dan McReady

Critic Reviews for Robinson Crusoe on Mars

All Critics (16)

There's lots to appeal to fans of adventure stories and the film has a distinctive visual style that adds to its character.

Nov 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Robinson Crusoe on Mars is more a kitsch curio than a classic movie, there is much entertainment to be had comparing this 1964 story of "a lone astronaut pitted against all odds beyond this Earth" with The Martian.

Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

About as good as any sci-fi adventure film of that generation.

Mar 11, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Dated on many levels, but the film represents a fascinating slice of scientific history.

Jan 16, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The crucial link between The Ten Commandments and 2001: A Space Odyssey

Mar 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Much beloved - and sadly overrated - by many science fiction fans. . .

Jan 23, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Robinson Crusoe on Mars

½

an entertaining, cheesy, dated, and stellar (or should i say inter-stellar) film. it's hard not to laugh at the effects, but as survival films go, it's quite fun.

danny d
danny d

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Wonderful film. It's nice to see science fiction treated seriously for a change in the era that it was made. At the time, B movies were ruling the drive-in screens and something like this was just not commonly done. It makes for an entertaining character film that doesn't require a lot of exposition - mostly just the visuals to tell its story. And for that, I am grateful. One of my very favorite sci-fi movies and thanks must be given to Criterion for their wonderful Blu-ray presentation of this classic film.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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½

The beginning and ending of this movie are horrible, for one thing, West's character dies in the first scene! Putting the story of Crusoe in space was probably their first mistake.

Aj V
Aj V

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½

Special effects wunderkind and genre master Bryon Haskin(who is mostly known for his work in the 1953 science-fiction classic War Of The Worlds and for the 1960's television series The Outer Limits among others)won a place in the hearts of fantasy film lovers everywhere with this gorgeously designed journey into the unknown in this innovative retelling of Daniel Defoe's classic story. The story involves when a intrepid adventurer aboard a spaceship crashes on the barren wastelands of Mars. United States astronaut commander "Kit" Draper(Paul Mantee) must fight for survival with a pet monkey in tow as his only companion and a runaway slave from an exotic planet. Is he alone? All three survivers must use their ingenuity and resources in order to stay alive on a hostile planet. Released in 1964,this imaginative and dazzling beloved techni-marvel of classic science fiction was Oscar nominated in 1964 for Best Special Effects. Presented in astounding widescreen Techniscope and Technicolor this classic also stars Adam West(the former TV's Batman),and Victor Lundin(as Friday). Running Time of 106 minutes.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

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