In Search of the Castaways

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Overview

Based on Jules Verne's novel Captain Grant's Children, In Search of the Castaways stars Hayley Mills and Keith Hamshere as the children of long-missing ship's captain Jack Gwillim. By chance, a note stuffed in a bottle comes to the attention of the kids and professor Maurice Chevalier; the note contains the fragment of a map, which suggests that Gwillim is somewhere in South America. Only after enduring a series of life-threatening adventures do Chevalier and the kids discover that they should have been in New ...
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Overview

Based on Jules Verne's novel Captain Grant's Children, In Search of the Castaways stars Hayley Mills and Keith Hamshere as the children of long-missing ship's captain Jack Gwillim. By chance, a note stuffed in a bottle comes to the attention of the kids and professor Maurice Chevalier; the note contains the fragment of a map, which suggests that Gwillim is somewhere in South America. Only after enduring a series of life-threatening adventures do Chevalier and the kids discover that they should have been in New Zealand all along! Once they're finally in the correct corner of the world, our protagonists are bedeviled by gunrunner George Sanders, the fellow who'd set the captain adrift. With the help of Wilfrid Brambell, a looney ex-crew member of the captain's and the fellow who sent the bottled message, Chevalier, Mills and Hamshere are finally reunited with Gwillim--and as a bonus, Mills has found a boy friend, played by Michael Anderson.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Full screen (1.33:1)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The opening credits of In Search of the Castaways tell the audience that this is a "fantasy adventure", and that turns out to be pretty accurate. The fantasy label at least prepares the viewer for some of the larger credibility gaps that pop up along the way. Those that deal with plot points (e.g., the unbelievably fortunate timing of a waterspout that douses a deadly fire, the ability of one character to immediately determine how to make a volcano erupt) are somehow more palatable than the ridiculously carefree manner with which the characters greet such dangerous situations as an earthquake atop a mountain ledge or the resulting slide down an icy slope. Fortunately, the film has some genuine thrills that more than make up for the silliness (and cutesiness) that runs through the script. The quality of the special effects is variable; there are some very poor matte shots involving various people running from one disaster or another, but there are also some quite convincing (and at times breathtaking) effects. Castaways has a lovely cast, with Hayley Mills in fine form, whether falling in love or falling down a slope. If Maurice Chevalier and Wilfrid Hyde-White go over the top, they still have charm, and George Sanders's understatement counteracts them nicely. In smaller roles, Antonio Cifariello and Wilfrid Brambell make strong impressions as a stolid Indian and a not-so-crazy lunatic. Advances in screen technology may have reduced Castaways' impact, but most children will still find it entertaining -- as will those parents willing to meet it halfway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • UPC: 786936208368
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,256

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maurice Chevalier Prof. Jacques Paganel
Hayley Mills Mary Grant
George Sanders Thomas Ayerton
Wilfrid Hyde-White Lord Glenarvan
Michael Anderson Jr. John Glenarvan
Wilfrid Brambell Bill Gaye
Antonio Cifariello Thalcave
Keith Hamshere Robert Grant
Ronald Fraser Guard
Inia Te Wiata Maori Chief
Norman Bird
Roger Delgado
Mark Dignam
Barry Keegan
Andrea Malandrinos
George Murcell
Maxwell Shaw
Milo Sperber
Michael Wynne
David Spenser
Jack Gwyllim Capt. Grant
Technical Credits
Robert Stevenson Director
William Alwyn Score Composer
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Walt Disney Producer
Vernon Dixon Set Decoration/Design
Peter Ellenshaw Special Effects
Harry Frampton Makeup
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Lowell S. Hawley Screenwriter
Peter Manley Production Manager
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Eric Rattray Asst. Director
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Songwriter
Maude Spector Casting
Gordon Stone Editor
Michael Stringer Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Note in a Bottle [12:11]
2. To South America! [7:12]
3. Climbing the Mountain [5:34]
4. Earthquake [9:06]
5. A New Friend/The Flood [10:43]
6. A Jaguar and a Fire [10:04]
7. "Keep Looking" [5:03]
8. The Truth About the Britannia [12:21]
9. Captives [15:49]
10. Captain Grant/The End [10:17]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
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