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Encyclopedia > Rescue From Gilligan's Island

Rescue From Gilligan's Island is a 1978 two-part television movie that continues the adventures of the shipwrecked castaways from the 1964-1967 TV series Gilligan's Island. See also: 1977 in television, other events of 1978, 1979 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1978-79 American network television schedule. ... A television movie (also known as a TV film, TV movie, TV-movie, feature-length drama, made-for-TV movie, movie of the week (MOTW or MOW), single drama, telemovie, telefilm, or two-hour-long drama) is a film that is produced for and originally distributed by a television network. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ...

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Cast

Bob Denver –   Willy Gilligan (Gilligan)
Alan Hale –   Skipper Jonas Grumby (Skipper)
Russell Johnson –   Dr. Roy Hinkley (Professor)
Jim Backus –   Thurston J. Howell III (Mr. Howell)
Natalie Schafer –   Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell (Mrs. Howell)
Judith Baldwin –   Ginger Grant (Ginger)
Dawn Wells   –   Mary Ann Summers (Mary Ann)

Alan Hale, Jr. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ... Gilligan (middle, bottom row) Gilligan is a fictional character played by Bob Denver on the 1960s TV show Gilligans Island and its many sequels. ... Alan Hale Jr. ... Skipper can be: A person who has command of a boat or ship: see Skipper (boating). ... Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligans Island Russell David Johnson (born November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania), is an American television and film actor best known as The Professor on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... Roy Hinkley, usually referred to as The Professor, is one of the seven castaways from the television series Gilligans Island. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California). ... Thurston J. Howell III was a character on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island, which was in first-run from 1964 to 1967, and has been rerun ever since in syndication. ... Natalie Schafer (November 5, 1900 - April 10, 1991) was an American actress. ... Eunice Lovey Wentworth Howell was a fictional character in the 1960s television show Gilligans Island. ... Ginger Grant as portrayed by Tina Louise Ginger Grant was a nob head in the 1960s television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... Dawn Wells Dawn Wells (born October 18, 1938 in Reno, Nevada) is an actress, best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the sitcom Gilligans Island, which ran on CBS from 1964 until 1967. ... Mary Ann Summers is a fictional Kansas farm girl who is a character in the television sitcom Gilligans Island which ran on the CBS network from 1964 to 1967, and has run more or less continuously since in reruns. ...

Synopsis

The movie picks up in 1978, 15 years after the shipwreck of the S. S. Minnow stranded the crew and passengers on Gilligan's Island. see main article Gilligans Island Island Charter - Exotic Trip - Free Lunches The S. S. Minnow was a fictional charter boat on the TV series Gilligans Island. ...


After 15 years, little of their original possessions are left. Even their radio has finally broken down due to age. When a Soviet spy satellite is destroyed, a metal recording disk is lost and lands in the lagoon. Gilligan finds it and shows it to the professor. KH-4B Corona satellite Lacrosse radar spy satellite under construction A spy satellite (officially referred to as a reconnaissance satellite or recon sat) is an Earth observation satellite or communications satellite deployed for military or intelligence applications. ...


Realizing that the unique alloy can be used to make a barometer, the professor quickly realizes that a tidal wave is on the way which will destroy the island. Quickly the castaways make plans to reinforce one of the huts to take shelter. A barometer is an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure. ...


When the castaways awaken the next morning, they realize that the hut has been swept off of the island and is now a makeshift raft. They use clothes and make a sail, and try to make their way to land. In an attempt to make a meal, Gilligan makes a fire which spreads to the raft. At first angry at Gilligan for doing another one of his stupid stunts, the castaways are then grateful when the US Coast Guard spots the smoke and rescues them. Coast Guard shield The United States Coast Guard is the coast guard of the United States. ...


After being towed to Hawaii, the castaways are at first confused by modern life. They are informed that the President is now Jimmy Carter, and that they had missed the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. They quickly part however, to try and return to life as they knew it before the shipwreck. However, they agree to go on a cruise for the hollidays. James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr. ... Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ...


At this time, the Soviets discover that Gilligan is still in possession of the recording disk from their satellite. Determined to recover it, they send to spies to try and get it from Gilligan, by any means necessary.


The Skipper and Gilligan are next seen hard at work, refurbishing the SS Minnow II. However, the Insurance company informs them that they will not be able to get a settlement unless their former passengers sign a statement testifying that the Skipper was not responsible for the shipwreck.


First they find Ginger. She is making a movie, and is upset at the changes in Hollywood in the last 15 years. She is told that sex and swearing is what makes a movie successful, and that nothing else matters. The director overhears Gilligan talking about some of the recent movies that had no sex, and quickly decides that acting is what really matters. Ginger signs the statement, and the Skipper and Gilligan go off to find The Professor. ...


The Professor is trying to get back into research, and explains that everything that he tries to invent has been discovered in the 15 years he was in the island. The Dean of the college then comes in and tries to get the Professor to stop research and to concentrate on fund-raising. Together the three agree that things were much simpler on the island, and he signs the statement.


Next they go to meet the Howell's. They are having dinner with old friends, and are trying to find their way back into their old financial and social circles. The Howell's are delighted to meet their old friends, and introduce them before going into another room to discuss matters. However, over the intercom they overhear their supposed friends insulting the Skipper and Gilligan, and angrily throw them off of their property. It is apparent that the Howell's have grown substantially during their time on the island.


Finally the Skipper and Gilligan go to meet Mary Ann. After 15 years, she is finally going to marry her fiancee. However, she is sad for some reason, and her best friend tries to console her. She invites the Skipper and Gilligan to her wedding, and tells them she will sign the statement after the ceremony. Her best friend confides that in the last 15 years Mary Ann's fiancee and her have fallen in love, but do not know how to tell Mary Ann. Skipper and Gilligan procede to disrupt the ceremony, and Mary Ann realizes that the wedding was a mistake. She signs the statement and agrees to meet them for the cruise.


During all of this, 2 bumbling Soviet spies try to concoct ways to retrieve the disk, every time failing to do so.


Finally the insurance company pays for the SS Minnow, and the castaways and crew are ready for a cruise on the SS Minnow II. The spies make a last attempt to get the disk, and are thwarted at the last minute by the FBI. Finally, the cruise gets under way.


However, just like 15 years before, the SS Minnow II is caught in a storm and blown off course. The next morning the crew and passengers find themselves on a beach, thankfull that they are alive. Then it sinks in that they are right back on the same island that they spent the last 15 years on.


Production

Leslie H. Martinson directed many B movies and television movies, including the TV series Batman movie. This 1978 two-part television special. Tina Louise declined to appear in the movie, claiming that she was not going to reprise the role that had ruined her career. So instead, Judith Baldwin was cast in her place. Most reviews of the movie were critical of the choice, since she was much younger then the rest of the castaways. Leslie H. Martinson( January 16, 1915 - ) was director of moderately successful if not best known theater and television movies, including Batman, Gary Colemans Kid with the Broken Halo, PT-109, and Rescue From Gilligans Island. ... Tina Louise Tina Louise (born February 11, 1934) is an American model, singer, and film and television actress, best known for her portrayal of Ginger Grant on Gilligans Island. ...


The director had also directed the 1963 PT 109 (film). That was about the shipwreck of John F. Kennedy and his crew after being run down by a Japanese destroyer, which was the basis for the pilot of McHale's Navy, which was followed by the PT 109 movie in 1963. Although Gilligan's Island was in no way a direct derivation, the television show premiered the year after the PT 109 movie and years of McHale's Navy, and was also about the shipwrecked crew and passengers of a small boat in the south Pacific. PT 109 is a 1963 biographical movie which shows the events of John F. Kennedys actions as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. The movie was adapted by Richard L. Breen, Vincent Flaherty and Howard Sheehan from the book by Robert J. Donovan. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ...


The movie was intended to be a springboard for a continuing TV series. For various reasons, though, the new series never appeared. However, the movie was popular enough that two more made-for-TV movies followed.


External links

  • Rescue From Gilligan's Island at the Internet Movie Database
Part of the series on

Gilligan's Island
The cast of Gilligans Island. ...

Episodes
Gilligan's Island Cast

Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale Jr. (Skipper), Russell Johnson (Professor), Tina Louise (Ginger Grant), Dawn Wells (Mary Ann), Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III), The following is a list of all 98 episodes for the television show Gilligans Island. ... Alan Hale, Jr. ... Gilligan (middle, bottom row) Gilligan is a fictional character played by Bob Denver on the 1960s TV show Gilligans Island and its many sequels. ... Alan Hale Jr. ... The Skipper is a character from the hit 1960s show Gilligans Island, played by Alan Hale, Jr. ... Russell Johnson as The Professor on Gilligans Island Russell David Johnson (born November 10, 1924, in Ashley, Pennsylvania), is an American television and film actor best known as The Professor on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... Roy Hinkley, usually referred to as The Professor, is one of the seven castaways from the television series Gilligans Island. ... Tina Louise Tina Louise (born February 11, 1934) is an American model, singer, and film and television actress, best known for her portrayal of Ginger Grant on Gilligans Island. ... Ginger Grant as portrayed by Tina Louise Ginger Grant was a nob head in the 1960s television sitcom Gilligans Island. ... Dawn Wells Dawn Wells (born October 18, 1938 in Reno, Nevada) is an actress, best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the sitcom Gilligans Island, which ran on CBS from 1964 until 1967. ... Mary Ann Summers is a fictional Kansas farm girl who is a character in the television sitcom Gilligans Island which ran on the CBS network from 1964 to 1967, and has run more or less continuously since in reruns. ... James Gilmore Backus (February 25, 1913 in Cleveland Ohio - July 3, 1989 In Los Angeles, California). ... Thurston J. Howell III was a character on the CBS television sitcom Gilligans Island, which was in first-run from 1964 to 1967, and has been rerun ever since in syndication. ...

Natalie Schafer (Lovey Howell)
Spin-offs
Rescue From Gilligan's Island, Gilligan's Planet, The Real Gilligan's Island, Gilligan's Wake
Other
S.S. Minnow, The Adventures of Gilligan's Island (video game), Sherwood Schwartz

 
 

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