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The New Swiss Family Robinson
The New Swiss Family Robinson
Actors: Jane Seymour, David Carradine, James Keach, John Mallory Asher, Blake Bashoff
Director: Stewart Raffill
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
PG     2000     1hr 30min


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Actors: Jane Seymour, David Carradine, James Keach, John Mallory Asher, Blake Bashoff
Director: Stewart Raffill
Creators: Stewart Raffill, Diane Kirman, Fernando Celis, Gerald Green, Patricia T. Green, Patrick de Bokay, Johann David Wyss
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Family Films
Studio: Eaton Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/15/2000
Original Release Date: 01/10/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 01/10/1999
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Stephanie T. from MONTICELLO, KY
Reviewed on 5/27/2009...
I just got this DVD because I'm a huge Jane Seymour fan.
And I have to say that its not a bad film at all.
Jane was great as always and its a pretty suspensful adventure film. It may not be %100 realistic but I enjoyed it. Its great for anytime that you want to kill a few hours and be entertained.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Aimee M. (AimeeM)
Reviewed on 2/5/2008...
Honestly, this was worse than the original Disney one. It was a little too.... lame?

The kids are obnoxious and fake. The drama isn't even drama. The house looks like they bought planks from Home Depot, and the "family moral" in it sounds too preachy. (Not that I am against family morals, I just wished they could have presented them in a less preachy way... I mean they have the youngest daughter spouting these ideals that sound so canned it makes you want to smack her)

This is the sort of movie you can watch on a Sunday Special and be satisfied with. Unless you are a huge Jane Seymour fan you really won't like it that much.

Movie Reviews

This movie is one worth watching!
allaboutheart | Atlanta | 07/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a movie for all people. It contains action for those who long for a thrill, yet not to an intensity that would bother young or sensitive viewers. Often, the action is very humorous. The scenes left me on the edge of my seat. One scene made me swallow tears. (You have to watch the movie to find out which scene I'm talking about.) However, this is not a sad movie in any way! I found it to contain humor from start to finish. These characters became my friends and made me laugh and laugh and laugh. If you have not seen The New Swiss Family Robinson, you should buy it now!"
A gem
bookloversfriend | United States | 10/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie contains a nice balance between action on the one hand and the human relationships between the members of the family and the young native girl on the other. The translation to modern times is quite believable, and the questionable elements of the story--for example, how to get them stuck on the island--are handled more convincingly than the usual storm-at-sea. The bad guys are not cliche pirates, as in the older versions, but smugglers. And there's a nice touch in that the leader has pretended to be their friend and has set them up. The silliness of the Disney version is completely absent here, nor are any of the kids brats. Nor does this film have the unrelenting oppressiveness of another film version entitled "Stranded", a film which were better titled "Dysfunctional Family Robinson." All in all, a pleasant, interesting film with good music, good scenery and good characters that will leave you with an optimistic feeling at the end.

A note on the cover: Cover artists are truly clever. This picture of Anne Seymour is the ONLY one in the entire film in which she is not beautiful. The artist chose this one! This film is much, much better than its cover."
New Swiss Family Robinson doesn't cut it
IMF Agent Sam Fisher | Washington DC | 02/03/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Swiss Family Robinson was a good book and entertaining to read. This new movie based on it is not, however. Much of the action isn't very believable and other factors limited the movie experience. The action isn't very realistic or believable at all. Some kids who probably have never picked up a gun in their lives are better shots then these supposedly highly trained mercenaries. Even at almost point-blank range the pirates can't seem to hit their targets. The one time when they managed to hit their target, the older brother Shane, the brother keeps going and it doesn't even seem that there is a wound. In fact, you probably would have forgotten that he had supposedly been wounded if it weren't for the blood on the shirt. When Shane gets into his first firefight with the pirates he fires fourteen shots with a revolver. Yeah right! Maybe for a M9 Beretta or something, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to find the lack of believability it that. One of the pirates uses almost a whole magazine on a dingy just to deflate it. Later, a crocodile clomps its powerful jaws on his head, holds it there and does the croc version of chewing for a bit until the pirate leader distracts him (then the croc turns on him). And the attacked pirate survives and looks like he wasn't even injured. He's back in combat operations shortly after. Considering the severity of the wound, that's highly unlikely. All this phony stuff really takes away from the movie's quality. The only reason this doesn't get just one star is because of the technical aspects of the film and the acting of the main characters (except maybe the girl; she always seems to be screaming and it's get annoying after a while). If you're willing to look past the lack of believability, then you might be entertained."