Robinson Crusoe On Mars

Synopsis: During a flight to Mars in the spaceship Mars Gravity Probe 1, Commander Christopher 'Kit' Draper and Colonel Dan McReady are forced to deviate from an asteroid and they leave their spacecraft in pods. Draper lands on the surface of the Red Planet and survives. He learns how to produce oxygen and while exploring the planet, he finds McReady dead in his crashed pod. He finds also the monkey Mona and brings the animal to the cave where he is sheltered. He learns that he can breathe the Martian air for short periods but needs also oxygen. But Mona finds water and an edible plant in the underground. .After a long period alone, Draper feels the loneliness. One day, he sees a spacecraft landing on Mars and he believes it might be the rescue team to save him. But he finds aliens working on the planet and some of them are slaves. One of them flees and stumble with Draper and he names him Friday. Now he needs to find a way to be rescued and return to Earth.
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Byron Haskin
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

is far too thin to support human life.

As to water, by severe rationing,

I can get by for about 15 days.

Course, once my air gives out,

water won't matter.

First positive survival point:

I found a yellow rock.

It's as burnable

as some of our poorer grades of coal.

Heat's uneven, but it should make

the Martian nights endurable.

[Air Hissing]

I feel a little bit like Columbus...

set down in a strange new land...

full of new wonders...

new discoveries.

It's a challenge, all right -

a challenge to my training.

Sometimes challenges

can get mighty big.

But I'm gonna stay alive,

believe me.

That's for the morale officer.

[Air Hissing]



[Breathing Erratically]





[Air Hissing]

Well, I've licked the heat

and shelter problem.

Breathing - that's a different story.

Moving about, exerting myself,

I've found that I can...

breathe the air of Mars for about,

oh, 12 to 15 minutes...

before I need to take air

from my tank for a booster.

Lying down, asleep...

inactive, I can get by for an hour

before taking a booster.

In this way, with some discomfort,

I can conserve my oxygen supply.

At the most optimistic appraisal...

I have 50 or so hours of life left...

God willing.

The problem is sleeping.

If I don't wake up in time to renew

my air supply, it's hearts and flowers.

I've got to make some kind of

alarm device, safeguard myself.


Tomorrow - and morning's only

a couple of hours away-

I'm gonna rejoin Mac.

Good old Mac.

I'll bet he's got

these problems licked.

[Breathing Heavily]



Mac! Mac!

Mac! Hey, Mac!

Mac! Hey, Mac!

Hey, Mac! Mac!



Now our song. To Dan, from Elinor, with lo -

[Wind Howling]

[Loud Boom]


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Ib Melchior

Ib Jørgen Melchior (September 17, 1917 – March 14, 2015) was a Danish-American novelist, short-story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter of low-budget American science fiction movies, most of them released by American International Pictures. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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