In Search Of The Castaways

6.61 h 38 min1962G
Five adventurers set out in search of a missing captain after finding a note in a bottle.
Robert Stevenson
Maurice ChevalierHayley MillsGeorge Sanders
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Wilfrid Hyde-White
Hugh Attwooll
Walt Disney Pictures
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1739 global ratings

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LauraM.Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action packed treat!
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In Search of the Castaways is from the days when Disney was really family friendly,
and this movie doesn't disappoint.
The actors deliver great performances plus the action scenes are just plain fun.
I loved it as a kid because of the romantic notion of going on a quest.
The exciting almost amusement park like thrills in this movie are still impressive even by today's standards.
I'm in my sixties now and was surprised to find I loved it even more now than I did when I was a kid.
A really good one to watch with the grandkids or munching your snacks alone in the dark.
A real 'treat' movie.
40 people found this helpful
Nick ZegaracReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disney's effortless pastiche to Verne marred by a clumsy 1080p transfer
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Disney Inc. continues to mine its back catalog via their exclusive Blu-ray club. I wouldn't mind it so much if they were offering exceptional quality for their buck. But no, In Search of the Castaways, featuring memorable performances from Maurice Chevalier and Haley Mills as explorers who travel to the ends of the earth to find Mill's father, a captain presumed lost at sea, is a badly mangled affair on Blu-ray. While colors are robust, there are glaring examples of edge effects scattered throughout. A lot of the movie is the result of exceptional matte work composited with live action, so the loss of a generation in overall clarity is anticipated. But a little digital tinkering ought to have been applied to correct crop marks around the edges, and smooth in the continuity of these time-honored effects that appeared far more seamless on the big screen than they do on this transfer. Worse, baked in age-related dirt and scratches abound during these process shots. Badly done. Pass and be very glad that you did.
9 people found this helpful
StarDarReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
WHY can't they do movies like THIS anymore? Loved this.
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Sure, I would have enjoyed a little less family theme (come on... can they do a kiss already...) However... the point is great scripting. Excellent casting and characters. Ranges of emotion (without the need for grotesque bloodshed or terror...). I teared up at least twice...and smiled and laughed out loud. Positive. Really... IT IS OK for a movie to be positive sometimes. LIFE IS NOT always bad and even if it is...MAKING THE BEST OF IT will get you better life results.
7 people found this helpful
WordWeaverReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Embarrassingly Dated But Still Has Some Charm
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Loved this as a kid and just re-watched it for nostalgia's sake... only to find--inevitably, perhaps--that as a whole, the film just didn't age very well.

The positives: Maurice Chevalier is still as warmly endearing in his dumb-like-a-fox mentor role as he ever was, Haley Mills remains as ever the strong-willed darling of each scene, and the adventures and special effects were (for their time) quite epic and spectacular.

What became glaringly obvious to me as I watched it through adult eyes was the inexcusable and very casual racism, classism, and sexism that permeated the otherwise charming adventure plot of the film. Any culture other than the British (even poor Maurice as the "stupid" Frenchman) is portrayed as lesser. "Native" races are merely there to be the servants or unpaid facilitators of this white man's romp through the world, caricatured at best and vilified at worst.

And in the end, when (spoiler alert) all is well, the heroine fulfills her inevitable destiny by pairing up with the snide, entitled, snobbish boychild that she never really much liked to begin with.

Sigh. But ignore all that, and it was still, even after all these years, a jolly good romp. I suppose. :-)
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ZachariahReviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hayley Mills
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My older sister would drag me to Hayley movies when I was a kid, and I developed a crush on her especially this movie and when she sang "The Castaways Theme," she had me. One day, I got a little nostalgic and bought all her Disney movies, since Netflix doesn't have them. I plan to give them to my grand daughters when I'm done watching them.
10 people found this helpful
Kenneth W. RohlaReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What Say Ye Now of Old Bill Gay? A Disney classic.
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I came across this movie in Amazon Prime and it took me back to my childhood. I was amazed how much of this movie was still in memory. A classic gentle sweet kid's adventure movie, not sure if it would appeal to today's kids who are used to CGI and dark negative plot themes, but younger kids might like it.
4 people found this helpful
MasakaReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Kids' Favorite
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Once again, the faults of the film transfer are obvious, but it gets 5 stars for pure entertainment for the grandkids. All 3, ages 4 to 8 have watched this film too many times to be counted. They don't understand about the poorly cropped film or how hokey the never-ending drama is at times; they simply love every exciting (over-dramatized) scene. It's constant excitement without today's gore or rude humor. I can turn it on, hear their squeals and excited laughing and rest assured knowing they're getting good old-fashioned entertainment without any of the objections in today's kids' fare. It's a great film to add to the collection.
21 people found this helpful
MercyB4SacrificeReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A boy’s dream film come true
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Based on Jules Verne’s book “Captain Grant’s Children”, this adventure film has everything necessary to make a young man’s dreams come true — mysteries, adventure, danger — as well as (spoiler alert) an enigmatic Frenchman and a disciplinarian for a Captain, a huge ocean-going steam ship, a search for a lost captive, mountain climbing in South America with pack animals, an avalanche high in the Andes, a giant condor, a sharp-shooting native Andean Indian chief, living in a great tree, a stalking tiger, a flash flood on the vast plain of a dried up lake, a trip through the Pacific Ocean, seeking lost captives near New Zealand, capture by Maury tribesmen, an erupting volcano, and best of all, Hayley Mills. What more can you ask?
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