Rescue From Gilligan’s Island (1978)


“I always say: if a secret’s not worth sharing, it’s not worth keeping.” – Mrs. Howell

Number of Times Seen – at least three times (TV in the 80’s and 22 Aug 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The castaways must find a way to save themselves when they learn that their island is sinking.

My Take on it – As a child of the 80’s, I got to watch all of the episodes of this show in syndication and became quite familiar with the lives of these seven stranded castaways as they week in and week out tried to find a way back to civilization but have the best plans foiled by the clumsy Gilligan.

I’ve seen this TV movie a few times over the years, but wanted to get the full effect of watching it with the other two films about the lives of the castaways post-rescue.

This film is a very enjoyable nostalgic look at the lives of the seven castaways as they try to save themselves when the island begins to sink and are subsequently rescued.

The cast of the show are all a bit older (and Ginger is played by another actress), yet they still manage to have the same great chemistry as they did on the show.

This movie does a great job presenting to us how each of the lives of the castaways are changed when they return to their old lives and we get to see that not all is as simple as they  perhaps thought it would be.

The issues that each of the castaways must now deal with are quite diverse and it allows us to see how much the world has changed in the time they were gone and how they are still somewhat stuck in the past.

It’s not very profound overall, but it’s still fun to see that they all seem to come to pretty much the same conclusion about the differences of living on the island and being back in their old lives.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable look at what happened to the castaways after being deserted on their island for more than 15 years,. The cast are all obviously a bit older but they still manage to have the same chemistry as they had in the show.  The movie perfectly presents how each of their lives are changed once they are rescued and we get to see that being back isn’t always the easiest thing to deal with.  Each of the castaways must deal with diverse issues upon their return and it works quite well watching how they all pretty much come to the same conclusion about the reality of their situations.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene in which the rescued castaways are towed into harbor to a hero’s welcome was filmed in Los Angeles’ Marina Del Rey. According to Sherwood Schwartz, the extras hired to play the crowd were soon joined by countless onlookers, all of them ecstatic to see the familiar characters finally rescued. The crowd’s enthusiasm was so overwhelming that the cast members were moved to tears. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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3 thoughts on “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island (1978)

  1. I was one of those kids who grew up watching the show when it went into syndication. By the time this TV-movie came around, I could recite the major points in just about every episode. I have to admit, though, that even then, I found this movie pretty embarrassing. (Years later, though, I had to buy it for my young son so that he could learn what finally happened to the castaways.)

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