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Shipwrecked (2008)

Stian Smestad , Gabriel Byrne , Nils Gaup  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stian Smestad, Gabriel Byrne, Louisa Millwood-Haigh, Trond Peter Stamso Munch, Bjorn Sundquist
  • Directors: Nils Gaup
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B73Q2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shipwrecked" on IMDb

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This movie is based on the classic Norwegian novel "Haakon Haakonsen," by Oluf Vilhelm Falck-Ytter, and was filmed in Norway, England, Spain, and Fiji.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Times were cruel back then. January 2, 2007
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Being a Disney film I was a bit surprised to see the main character and family suffering from privation and class bigotry. The usual Disney film characters are very well-fed, white, stain free, and very middle class. To see the main character being 'sold' off to pay a family debt may seem foreign to us now, but I imagine that it was commonplace in many cultures in the past. The parting of the son to begin his duty as cabin boy on a ship was a bit hard to take. The trials he endured were fanciful, his resolution was gratifying, and the end was most satisfying.

My family enjoyed this film, to see a boy thrust into harsh conditions, find a bit of love, survive an accident, and fight for treasure and his love. It did make my daughter swoon at seeing the hero being strong, shirtless, and creative in his battle with evil.

Gabriel Byrne's role as the evil pirate was so cool. Deep down inside I felt that he enjoyed playing the role in this children's story. This is not the first children's film that he's done and I salute him for it. Perhaps the point of the film IS that right always triumphs in the end. It is unfortunate that this DVD is very scarce. It seems that it has been only available through a Disney film club, but no more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and Heartwarming July 31, 2008
In this film entitled Ship Wrecked (or Haakon Haakonsen) directed by Nils Gaup, a young Norwegian boy named Haakon [see bottom right DVD release cover] (played by Stian Smestad) volunteers to work as a cabin boy after his father receives an injury that prevents him from earning money for his family and paying back a debt owed to a fellow Norwegianer. While on the ship, Haakon becomes suspicious of Lt. John Merrick [man holding the pistol on the DVD cover] (played by Gabriel Byrne). However, before Haakon can inform the captain (played by Kjell Stormoen) of his suspicious, the captain "dies." While the captain's death is naturally suspicious, there was nothing Haakon or the crew could do except resign themselves to Lt. John Merrick's dictatorial leadership.

Without giving away anything more than the rising action, let this review state that the film is rather predictable - a blend between a Home Alone 3 and Walt Disney's Treasure Island in terms of action. The film appealed to me personally as a child growing up in the 1990s because it did not seem to sugarcoat (like many Disney films of the late 1990s under Michael Eisner's poor leadership) the fact that there are problems, and evil, in the world. Lt. John Merrick represents a fairly accurate example in terms of villainy (as does Danglars in Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo or Compeyson in Dickens' Great Expectations).

Haakon, as the protagonist, shows great concern for those he cares about, saving them from the evil "Merrick" and risking his life in the process. In fact, he represents such a complete opposite to the murderous Merrick that I cannot personally help but rejoice at the humorous resolution to the film, which I will not reveal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous swashbuckler from Norway January 20, 2009
Disney's Shipwrecked was released in 1990, the same year that I became intimately acquainted with the TNT production of Treasure Island (1990 TVmovie) starring Charlton Heston. My then-ten-year-old self became endlessly obsessed with all things pirates, sailing, and tall ships for years to come. Shipwrecked was a Norwegian production based on by Norwegian author O. V. Falck-Ytter's "Haakon Haakonsen. En norsk Robinson," a Norwegian children's novel from 1873 that was a tale of a "Norwegian Family Robinson." Directed by Nils Gaup and starring almost entirely Norwegian actors, it was filmed on location in Norway, Spain, the UK and Fiji.

The plot revolves around the titular Haakon Haakonsen (Stian Smestad), a young boy in 1850s Norway who is forced to go to sea as a cabin boy when his father is injured on a sea voyage. His father's friend Jens (Trond Peter Stamsø Munch) agrees to look out for him on board the Flora. Haakon goes through some inevitable growing pains as a boy onboard a ship for the first time; some of the seasoned sailors have fun playing pranks on him at first, but Haakon is watched over by Jens and the kindly captain. After a shore leave in Sydney, Haakon discovers a stowaway on board; Mary (Louisa Millwood-Haigh), an orphan trying to reach her uncle in Calcutta). But the voyage meets an abrupt end when a suspicious Royal Navy officer (Gabriel Byrne) takes control of the ship and the crew is shipwrecked in the tropics.

The movie moves along quite well until the ending, which is a tad disappointing in tone after the great setup (it borders on unintentionally comic; for a really great pirate chase, check out the end of Fraser Heston's 1990 made-for-TV Treasure Island for TNT; now there's a scurvy lot to give you nightmares!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Disney Disaster September 2, 2008
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Excellent movie, but why does Disney keep giving us fans the dreaded Pan and Scan versions of great movies? The future of TV is 16X9 TV sets, we want WIDESCREEN versions of movies. When dvd's first came out, they were full screen on one side, widescreen on the other. Now we don't even get the choice. Bummer!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!!
This is such a classic Disney adventure! So fun and so exciting! This is a great movie that everyone can enjoy. Pirates, treasure and handsome actors..what more do you want? ;)
Published 12 days ago by Auriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic File
Love this film. Used to watch it growing up and haven't been able to find it on DVD. I was so happy to see it was available - and for a really good price!
Published 17 days ago by KJOY
4.0 out of 5 stars Family fun movie
Old school innocent fun for kids and parents alike. Much more wholesome than some of the new stuff Disney is putting out today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Oldie
Worth watching if you like a good Pirate Movie. This movie gives pirates of the carribean a run for its money.
Published 1 month ago by Buyerrrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for whole family.
I love the scenes in Norway and the beautiful tropical island where this movie was filmed. I highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Gail Navarro
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
i use to watch this all the time with my grandma we loved this movie so much, i had it on vhs so to have it in dvd was amazing we get to enjoy it even with the development of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nina G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
This movie is a classic! It is family friendly. My family had a copy on VHS and the tape was so bad they requested it on DVD so they could watch it again.
Published 3 months ago by Mark & Tessa Olsen
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so glad Amazon has this! Thank you!
One of my top ten movies. Gabriel Byrne is terrifying and the rest of the cast are perfect as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Taylor Mace
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite of Mine
One of my favorite young movies! I'm in my mid-forties and I still love this swashbuckling adventure! I've watched it many times and I still do.
Published 4 months ago by Michael S. Whitman
4.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but goodie
My wife is from norway and has been talking about this film for ever. it was under another name when released there in the 80's, but we found it and enjoyed it very much. Read more
Published 7 months ago by howard berger
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