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Master cinematographer Caleb Deschanel is, not unexpectedly, stronger on visuals than substance in his direction of Crusoe (though the camerawork is officially credited to Tom Pinter). The protagonist, played by Aidan Quinn, is a shipwreck victim, just as novelist Daniel Defoe proscribed over two hundred years ago. But this Robinson Crusoe is a child of the late 19th century; moreover, he is no ordinary sailor but an insensitive slave trader. The "Friday" character is divided up amongst several black natives of the island where Crusoe is stranded. Ultimately, Crusoe profits by their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"An intriguing revisionist take on the DeFoe story from moonlighting cinematographer Caleb Deschanel."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Lawrence Journal-World
"Brilliant cinematographer Caleb Deschanel directs another adaptation of Defoe's classic tale."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Beautifully filmed, but suffers from deliberate pacing and a shallow, uninspired viewpoint."
‑ David N. Butterworth,
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