The New Swiss Family Robinson

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The New Swiss Family Robinson
Directed by Stewart Raffill
Starring Jane Seymour
David Carradine
James Keach
John Mallory Asher
Blake Bashoff
Jamie Renée Smith
Narrated by Jamie Renée Smith
Music by John Scott
Release date
January 10, 1999
Running time
90 min.
Country United States
Language English

The New Swiss Family Robinson is a 1998 adventure film directed by Stewart Raffill. The film is based on The Swiss Family Robinson and stars Jane Seymour, David Carradine, James Keach, John Mallory Asher, Blake Bashoff, and Jamie Renée Smith.[1]


When Jack Robinson gets a new job in Australia, he decides to take his wife Ann, sons Shane and Todd and daughter Elisabeth 'Lizzy' by sailing yacht from Hong Kong to Sydney. Elisabeth begins keeping an online journal of their trip. Jack's employer Sheldon Blake gives him a gun for protection before the trip. The first part of the journey goes smoothly and the family is enchanted by the beauty of the sea (except for Ann who is violently ill).

However, one night they find themselves followed by a strange ship. It turns out that Sheldon is the leader of a band of pirates who are using Jack and his family to smuggle a cache of money and jewels. They order the Robinson's to turn over the yacht and leave in the lifeboat. A fierce gun battle ensures and the family manages to escape. However a storm causes them to run into a reef and they find themselves shipwrecked and marooned on a deserted isle.

Salvaging parts of the boat, the Robinson's learn survival skills and build a shelter. Shane also discovers a French plane wreck survivor Francoise also lives on the island. She captures him and the two fall in love. Francoise is an airplane crash survivor who has been living on the island since her airplane crashed. Upon the Robinsons being formally introduced to Françoise, she later teams up with the family. She has a maturing effect on Shane who wishes to marry her. The family even adopts an orangutan whom they give first aid. The pirates return in one final showdown. Using their newly learned skills, the Robinson's are able to outwit them and escape back to civilization.



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