The beloved adventure novel by Johann David Wyss springs to vivid life in this well-mounted adaptation. Oscar-winning actor Mitchell plays the Swiss watchmaker who decides to move his family to Australia only to be marooned on a tropical island. Together with his three oldest sons (Bartholomew, Kilburn, Holt), the resourceful patriarch builds a lavish tree house and makes the family self-sufficient in their sometimes hostile new environment. Solid performances, good production values, and exciting action make this version far more compelling than Walt Disney's airy 1960 remake. Directed by Edward Ludwig.
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