The Castaways on Gilligan's Island

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The Castaways of Gilligan's island
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island.jpg
GenreComedy
Distributed byNBC
Directed byEarl Bellamy
Produced byLloyd J. Schwartz (producer)
Sherwood Schwartz (executive producer)
Valton Lee Taylor (associate producer)
Written bySherwood Schwartz
Elroy Schwartz (written by)
Al Schwartz (written by)
David P. Harmon (written by) (as David Harmon)
StarringBob Denver
Alan Hale, Jr.
Dawn Wells
Jim Backus
Natalie Schafer
Russell Johnson
Judith Baldwin
Music byGerald Fried
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Keith C. Smith
Editing byAlbert J.J. Zúñiga
Production companyRedwood Productions
Sherwood Schwartz Productions
Universal Television
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelNBC
Release dateMay 3, 1979
Running time90 minutes
 
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The Castaways of Gilligan's island
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island.jpg
GenreComedy
Distributed byNBC
Directed byEarl Bellamy
Produced byLloyd J. Schwartz (producer)
Sherwood Schwartz (executive producer)
Valton Lee Taylor (associate producer)
Written bySherwood Schwartz
Elroy Schwartz (written by)
Al Schwartz (written by)
David P. Harmon (written by) (as David Harmon)
StarringBob Denver
Alan Hale, Jr.
Dawn Wells
Jim Backus
Natalie Schafer
Russell Johnson
Judith Baldwin
Music byGerald Fried
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Keith C. Smith
Editing byAlbert J.J. Zúñiga
Production companyRedwood Productions
Sherwood Schwartz Productions
Universal Television
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelNBC
Release dateMay 3, 1979
Running time90 minutes

The Castaways on Gilligan's Island is a television movie that continues the adventures of the shipwrecked castaways from the 1964-1967 TV series Gilligan's Island and the first reunion movie, Rescue From Gilligan's Island, featuring the original cast from the television series with the exception of Tina Louise, who was replaced in the role of Ginger Grant by Judith Baldwin. Written by Al Schwartz, Elroy Schwartz and series creator Sherwood Schwartz and directed by Earl Bellamy, it was first broadcast on NBC May 3, 1979. Unlike Rescue From Gilligan's Island, this and the subsequent The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island were produced by Universal Television.

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The movie picks up directly after the end of Rescue From Gilligan's Island. The castaways are once again stranded on the same island that they had been on for so many years. The storm has contaminated all of the underground springs, and they are desperately searching for fresh water. Gilligan stumbles upon a couple of planes that are hidden in the jungle that they had somehow managed to overlook during all their time on the island. It is revealed that the island was a base of operations for the Army Air Corps during World War II, and the hangar was abandoned and overgrown by jungle brush. The tidal wave destroyed the foliage and exposed the hangar. The Professor believes that he can combine the two planes into one and fly them all back to civilization. He succeeds in cobbling together an airworthy plane and, dubbing it Minnow III, they head back. This occurs despite the fact that in the original series it is established that the Professor cannot fly a plane in not one but two different episodes with the character Wrongway Feldman.

However, during the attempt to fly back to Hawaii, the plane has engine trouble. The Professor orders Gilligan to jettison some weight, and in doing so, Gilligan falls out and has to parachute down to the island. Against their better judgment, the gang decides to return to the island to get him. After a little while, the engines of the plane fall off. Fortunately for them, the engines collapse after they land, meaning that although they are still stuck on the island, going back to get Gilligan saved them from plummeting to their deaths. They find him stuck in a tree, but now they are dismayed because the plane was their last hope of rescue. Their despair is quickly dispelled when a U.S. Navy captain appears saying that their plane was detected on radar long enough for them to follow it to the island. The castaways are once again returned to civilization and to ensure that Gilligan's Island gets charted, the U.S. government pinpoints the location of the island to prevent future castaway incidents. This closed the first half of the two-part episode/movie.

The second half — which was originally intended as a pilot for a Love Boat type of weekly series — picks up a year later, with the island now a tropical resort fully linked to civilization and owned by Mr. Howell (who makes Gilligan and the other castaways silent partners in the hotel). The rest of the castaways work as the staff of the resort. Gilligan and the Skipper deal with being unable to locate the parents of a boy (Ronnie Scribner), only to find that the child has run away from his parents to get away from their constant pressure on him to excel in athletics and in school. Meanwhile, Henry Elliot (Tom Bosley) is a workaholic whose wife (Marcia Wallace) is trying to get him to relax and forget about work.

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