Number of Times Seen – Probably about 5 times (Theater in the 80’s, cable in the 80’s and 12 Jun 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A pilot running from paying his debts take on a job of airlifting a female missionary along with a plane full of animals to an island in the Pacific.
My Take on it – This movie has a very warm place in my movie watching repertoire because it is one of the first films that I recall seeing in the theater (I was 6).
It was part of a double feature with 101 Dalmations (1961) and I even recall after 37 years the impression that I had seeing this on the big screen.
Unfortunately, the movie just isn’t as good as my 6 year old self thought.
Due to its Disney label, the story feels extremely watered down and tame and a plot with so much potential is relegated to a sappy story.
Elliott Gould and Genevieve Bujold are both ok here, but neither of them have any chemistry with the other and too many of their scenes together feel forced and just don’t flow like they should.
Due to this, it’s extremely hard to sympathize with either of them and I quickly began to lose interest in what would happen to them.
The two orphan stowaways played by Ricky Schroeder and Tammy Lauren both feel like a stereotypical Disney ploy to give us cute little kids even when the plot should feel more dangerous and thrilling.
What surprised me the most tho is how none of the characters seemed to really care very much once the stowaways were discovered
Bottom Line – Despite this film having a dear place in my movie-watching repertoire, it just isn’t that good. The story is too watered down by Disney and they lost a lot of potential for making it so much better by keeping the storyso tame based solely on the Disney label. Gould and Bujold have little to no chemistry together and it’s hard to sympathize with them. The two stowaways also don’t add much and no one seems to be that all concerned when they find them on board.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of a number of Walt Disney productions made about castaways. These include the studio’s hit 1960 family castaway film Swiss Family Robinson (1960), their 1962 movie In Search of the Castaways (1962), Shipwrecked (1990), The Castaway Cowboy (1974) and The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1980). (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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