Robinson Crusoe on Mars

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Time Out says

Intelligently imaginative sci-fi version of the Defoe classic, in which an astronaut and his monkey are stranded on Mars, and later joined by the humanoid slave of an alien race. Haskin and producer George Pal provide the same excellent camerawork and special effects that marked their earlier War of the Worlds and Naked Jungle (the hostility of the Martian landscape is spectacularly evoked in California's Death Valley); but here, harnessed to a surprisingly faithful rendition of Defoe's conception, the result is an economical, subtle study both of Crusoe's will to survive, and of the hesitant growing friendship between the astronaut and his futuristic Friday. Most remarkably, Haskin avoids sentimentality even when dealing with the monkey, such is the assured sensitivity of the film.
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Release details

UK release:

1964

Duration:

109 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Byron Haskin

Cast:

Vic Lundin, Paul Mantee, Adam West

Music:

Van Cleave

Art Director:

Arthur Lonergan, Hal Pereira

Editor:

Terry Morse

Cinematography:

Winton C Hoch

Screenwriter:

John C Higgins, Ib Melchior

Producer:

Aubrey Schenck

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