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  • TBC
  • 1988
  • 91 mins




A little-seen version of Defoe's classic, in which Quinn's shipwrecked island dweller is a 19th-century slave trader rather than a sailor, and his attitude towards the black warriors who gradually become his desert island companions (he learns from them, rather than the other way round) forms the backbone of the movie. In reality, though, the film is stronger on visuals than actual substance, hardly surprising given that director Deschanel is better known for his superb cinematography work.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Aidan Quinn, Elvis Payne, Colin Bruce, William Hootkins, Richard D Sharp, Shane Rimmer
  • Director: Caleb Deschanel
  • Writer: Christopher Logue, Walon Green
  • Producer: Andrew Braunsberg
  • Photographer: Tomislav Pinter

In a nutshell

Underneath the stunning island horizons, though, this is still a brave interpretation of an oft-told tale, with Quinn as a convincingly unpleasant Crusoe.

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