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In Search of the Castaways

A movie directed by Robert Stevenson

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grand, rollicking Disney adventure with Hayley Mills

  • Dec 15, 2004
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IN SEARCH OF THE CASTAWAYS is a grand, rollicking adventure from Walt Disney, starring Hayley Mills as well as Maurice Chevalier and Wilfred Hyde-White. It's loosely based on the little-known Jules Verne novel "Captain Grant's Children".

Mary Grant (Hayley Mills) and her younger brother Robert (Keith Hamshere), with Professor Paganel (Maurice Chevalier) discover a note in a bottle that has been written by Mary's father, a ship's Captain who has been lost at sea. They seek out Captain Grant's employer Lord Glenarvon (Wilfred Hyde-White) in hopes of setting out on a mission to rescue him.

Their search takes them on many thrilling, death-defying adventures, culminating in a hair-raising encounter with maoris in New Zealand. The movie also features three catchy Sherman Brothers tunes ("Enjoy It!", "Let's Climb" and "Castaway, Castaway").

Keith Hamshere originated the title role in the 1960 London premiere of OLIVER!. Hayley Mills is lovely as the spunky and forthright Mary Grant. Co-starring Michael Anderson Jr, George Sanders and Jack Gwillim.

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In Search of the Castawayswas Hayley Mills's third feature for Disney, an agreeable adventure--loosely based on a Jules Verne story--with enough derring-do to make kids happy and with the right touch of self-conscious silliness to keep adults smiling. Mills plays Mary Grant, a missing freighter captain's daughter convinced her father is still alive somewhere in Earth's southern hemisphere. With the help of her brother (Keith Hamshire) and a veteran seaman (an extremely unlikely if charming Maurice Chevalier), Mary convinces a shipping magnate, Lord Glenarvan (Wilfrid Hyde-White), to set sail and find the missing Captain Grant. The team survives freezing weather, avalanches, a menacing condor, an active volcano, Maori captors, and a plot by a slick George Sanders to steal a ship. Meanwhile, Mary and Glenarvan's rakish son, John (Michael Anderson Jr.), engage in flirtatious feuding. The many memorable action sequences are wildly improbable (all the more so watching the nonchalant Chevalier have a go at Indiana Jones-like heroics) and liberally employ old-fashioned process shots, mattes, paintings, and other pre-digital special effects. The incomparable Hyde-White looks as if he's having fun alternately harrumphing and encouraging good old British resolve, while Sanders effortlessly portrays, for the umpteenth time, his brand of enchanting villainy. Directed by Robert Stevenson (Mary Poppins).In Search of the Castawaysis presented here in its original, full-screen format.--Tom ...
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Director: Robert Stevenson
Screen Writer: Jules Verne, Lowell S. Hawley
Runtime: 98 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video
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