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Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966)

Dick Van Dyke , Nancy Kwan , Byron Paul  |  G |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan, Akim Tamiroff, Arthur Malet, Tyler McVey
  • Directors: Byron Paul
  • Writers: Screenplay By Bill Walsh & Don DaGradi, Based On A Story By Retlaw Yensid
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BPFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,083 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N." on IMDb

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Shortly after Dick Van Dyke played Bert in Mary Poppins, he starred as Lt. Robin Crusoe in this lesser known 1966 comedy, splendidly showcasing his myriad comedic talents in a South seas setting. Families who remember Van Dyke’s riotous romp as Navy-pilot-turned-island-native will appreciate this digital release of the original film. The laughs begin from the moment Crusoe is marooned at sea on a military-issue rubber raft and fights off a shark while reading a step-by-step survival guide. By the time he washes ashore on the island, discovers the wonders of bamboo, and stumbles upon a poker-playing astro-Chimp, audiences are given over to the gigglefest. Nancy Kwan, as Wednesday, adds to the merriment as the island’s other castaway who plays a humorous game of charades with Crusoe before revealing her status as an exile, having escaped her overprotective father. With the battle cry, "Women have rights too," Crusoe and Wednesday prepare for the inevitable patriarchal showdown, a madcap misadventure. While special features are sorely lacking--such as an interview with Van Dyke--this decent family flick remains a rich Disney relic. (Ages 4 and older) --Lynn Gibson

Product Description

Escape to an island full of castaway comedy as Disney favorite Dick Van Dyke and Nancy Kwan star in this hilarious South Pacific adventure. Lt. Robin Crusoe (Van Dyke) is an all-thumbs Navy pilot who ditches his plane after engine trouble. He survives a riotous raft ride only to find himself marooned on a lush tropical island with a poker-playing chimp, a gadget-rich abandoned sub, and Wednesday (Kwan) -- a wild but beautiful native girl in exile for disobeying her overprotective father. You won't stop laughing as all the natives get restless in this paradise of clowning and chaos -- on DVD for the first time!

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a childhood favorite makes it to DVD!!! February 25, 2005
Format:DVD
I've been waiting for this movie to come out on DVD so I can replace my well-worn VHS copy. I used to watch this film a lot as a teenager because I've always had an interest in "deserted south pacific islands" ("Gilligan's Island" was one of my favourite childhood shows, I loved "Swiss Family Robinson", I dreamed of visiting Tahiti and Fiji when a 4th grade teacher spoke about such islands existing, and a part of me still fantasizes about the Peace Corps).

This film is a Disney classic which still holds up well today. I'm not sure if savvy modern-day children will like this kind of film, but I imagine they will. The humor is timeless and Dick Van Dyke is the sort of actor that children gravitate to (perhaps "the Mary Poppins effect"). I like this retelling of the "Robinson Crusoe" story, modernizing it and adding much humor as well. The chimp as sidekick is great.

My favorite part of the movie is when Lt Crusoe meets the island ladies and they speak pidgin to comedic effect (like using "cow-cow"). There were so many lines in this film that my sister and I loved to quote to one another, such as "Kabuna say 'women got rights!'" Just the word "Kabuna" sounds funny when you say it. I love how Lt Crusoe plays with the natives' superstitious belief in idols, by making Kabuna (an Easter Island looking tiki rock carving that the island natives worship) speak with a booming voice. Ah, to be stranded on an island full of beautiful native women! This film is kind of a parody about the women's liberation movement, as Lt Crusoe changes the women to be less submissive and more independent, which has an unintended consequence for him...as they chase after him and he's still dreaming about his girl in the U.S.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a Disney Sleeper That's Worth Buying March 25, 2005
By EDK
Format:DVD
We've been waiting for a long time for this one to hit. If you've never seen it, and you like either the classic Disney movies or Dick Van Dyke, you'll like this one. I saw this as a 6 year old at the drive in, and got a lousy recording years ago on VHS off of the TV. My kids watch this again and again even though it's "old fashioned".

Funny, clean, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable. I truly think this would be a Disney classic on par with more famous flicks if only they would have changed the ending. For those of you that have seen it, you'll know what I mean when I say that Lt Crusoe should have returned! A perfect ending!
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146 of 190 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Five reasons to skip this one. April 17, 2005
Format:DVD
It's been a long time since I've seen this film, and I remember it to be an engaging slapstick farce with Dick Van Dyke in top form as the title character, a descendant of the original Robinson Crusoe who, while on training mission, crash-lands on a tropical island. He must fend for himself while awaiting rescue, with only fellow castaway Floyd the astrochimp and a native girl he names Wednesday to keep him company. It's a funny and fast-paced lark, and very typical of '60's Disney product.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this version of the film for purchase at this time. Here are five reasons why:

1. Like "Million Dollar Duck" and "Barefoot Executive", "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N." is being released to DVD in a lazy, fullscreen version instead of the family-friendly 1:66:1 aspect ratio it was originally filmed in. As a film purist, I simply refuse to buy anything that isn't presented in the format it was originally filmed in. That Disney is dumping old films on DVD in the old fullscreen VHS format shows a total lack of respect for the filmmakers and the consumer alike.

2. I see no indication on the packaging that this film has been digitally restored. Therefore, I must conclude the DVD contains the same tired old print of the film that was originally released on VHS. Even more galling is the fact that the sound hasn't been upgraded to stereo, but according to the packaging is presented in "mono." I ask consumers everywhere: why bother replacing old VHS films with DVDs that are of no better quality than what you already have?

3. There are absolutely no extras presented with this film. No "making of" documentary, no commentary with Mr. Van Dyke, no original theatrical trailer, nothing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!!! May 23, 2005
Format:DVD
I recalled seeing this movie during Saturday afternoon showings at the post theater. As I was a military brat and this film had a military bend, I was hooked; and it has remained one of my most favorite children's movies ever since. Now my 4 and 2-year-old daughters are enjoying it immensely and it has become their favorite movie to watch with dad. In fact, this is the first movie my oldest will watch from start to finish without asking me to skip or repeat a scene over and over again. She'd just rather watch the whole movie over and over again. As her some of her other favorites are "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," it seems Dick Van Dyke's ability to mesmerize children is timeless.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney Classics Never Die! February 21, 2006
Format:DVD
My Dad used to own a video store when I was young, so we saw all of the Disney movies and owned tons of them. Lt. Robin Crusoe is one movie I loved to watch because of the chimp in it. So when it came out on DVD I just had to get it. My two girls are ages 5 and 3 and I didn't think they would like to watch it just yet but I was wrong. They love it! Even though they don't understand some of the humor, they still enjoy it. The movies that are being made today are getting worse and worse, with the exception of Disney's and very few others. The movies that were made 20 years ago are so much more decent and very enjoyable for the whole family. This movie is one of the great Disney classics that should belong in every home!!
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