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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 (82 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: 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 (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00077BPFU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,625 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

This is the only movie for which Walt Disney received a story credit (as Retlaw Yensid -- Walter Disney spelled backward).

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58 of 58 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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142 of 185 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remeber Well April 10, 2005
By Troy
Format:DVD
I give this four stars from memory only. I watched this movie many times on the Disney channel back in the day when it ment something to have the Disney Channel. I enjoyed it a lot. I always have had a soft spot for Dick's movies. I remember it being fun, clean and very entertaining...something you just don't get from live action Disney anymore. If you are looking for a family film that will grab the attention of the room...this should be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
Couldn't believe we found this on amazon! My husband was one happy guy. Fun wholesome movie to watch with the family.
Published 10 days ago by Rebekah Markley
5.0 out of 5 stars I love watching movies I saw as a kid!
Can you go wrong if it is Dick Van Dyke? I don't think so! He is a slap stick king, but that has little to do with this movie. Read more
Published 10 days ago by gordonwaite
5.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxing comedy
A classic Disney movie. The film is a clean comedy adventure with a relaxing storyline. It's suitable for intellectuals as well as the entire family. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brian A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden Disney gem
Disney and Dick Van Dyke, who could ask for more! This story is more upbeat than the usual castaway movies have been,
and our hero seems to do a good job of engineering in a... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Doc Hazard
5.0 out of 5 stars Same as I remember
DVD video and sound were good for such an old movie and it was in wide screen ratio. The special effects are hokey, just like every Disney movie from that era, but my sons, 7 & 8,... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Bulldawg Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few.
Stumbled on this gem. Remembered enjoying this from my youth. So many times though, times and taste change. Not so here. Still fun to watch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chameleon
1.0 out of 5 stars It had so much potential
After the greats "citty chitty bang bang" and others I want to find a gem I had not seen. This could have been, but IT WAS NOT. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Island
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He crazy into the sea...waiting for help...He arrive to the island and met some people and very cool people... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Dick Van Dyke
A classic movie full of good clean laughs for the whole family! This is a great treasure to have in any movie library!
Published 2 months ago by Jill M
5.0 out of 5 stars Tonumatsu Says Great!
This is Dick Van Dyke working his magic on the screen. Such a fun story! You gotta see this one!
Published 2 months ago by christy ann green
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