Man Friday

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Man Friday ★★ 1975 (PG)

Stranded on a deserted island, a man forces a native from a neighboring island to be his slave. Based on the classic story “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, this adaptation charts the often-brutal treatment the native receives as his captor tries to civilize him. Through his intelligence, the enslaved man regains his freedom and returns home with his former captor, who then seeks acceptance from the native's tribe. A sometimes confusing storyline and excessive blood and guts detract from this message-laden effort. 115m/C VHS, DVD . GB Peter O'Toole, Richard Roundtree, Peter Cellier, Christopher Cabot, Joel Fluellen; D: Jack Gold; M: Carl Davis.