When a decaying Russian satellite crashes on the island, the Professor uses a key component for a barometer. With that device, he learns that a massive wave is going to swamp the island. In desperation, the castaways lash their huts together into one structure in order to have any chance to ride the disaster out. The wave strikes the island and the hut is swept out to sea. Once there, Gilligan accidents starts a fire trying to cook a meal and nearly burns the floating hut down. Occupied with stopping the fire, the gang fails to notice that the smoke caught the attention of a naval helicopter who summoned a ship to rescue the castaways. In triumph, they return to Hawaii, only to learn that things have changed over the years and they will have trouble fitting in. To further complicate matters, two Russian spies are after that the key component that Gilligan now wears as necklace.
Reason of the public domain status:
Registered in the year it was made but not renewed with the Library of Congress.
Eleven years after the network cancellation of Gilligan’s Island, the crew and passengers of the ill-fated S. S. Minnow returned to the small screen in Rescue from Gilligan’s Island. The cast remains the same, with one significant change. Bob Denver plays inveterate bumbler Gilligan, Alan Hale is the long-suffering Skipper, Jim Backus and Natalie Schafer are the fabulously wealthy Mr. and Mrs. Thurston Howell III, Russell Johnson is the resourceful Professor, and Dawn Wells, as perky as ever, is Mary Ann. Tina Louise wanted no part of any Gilligan’s Island reunion, so her role-perennial starlet Ginger Grant-is filled by Judith Baldwyn. The premise: a huge tidal wave transports the seven castaways back to civilization. While they’re thrilled to be back in the real world, none of the seven are able to adjust to life outside the island….least of all Gilligan, who on top of all his other problems must contend with a pair of enemy agents (Vincent Schiavelli and Art LeFleur). Conceived as a two-hour pilot film for a weekly revival that never materialized, Rescue from Gilligan’s Island was originally telecast in two ratings-grabbing 60 minute installments, shown on October 14 and 21, 1978.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Production Company: Redwood Productions, Sherwood Schwartz Productions
Date Release: 1978
Audio & Video: Mono – Color
Bob Denver – Alan Hale Jr. – Jim Backus
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