Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The (1975)

Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The (1975)

“What are we staying here for? Look at this place!”

Tired of the smog and pressure of city life, the Robinsons — Skip (Robert Logan), Pat (Susan Damante Shaw), Jenny (Hollye Holmes), and Toby (Ham Larsen) — head out to live in the wilderness, not realizing their lives will be in near constant danger.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Survival

Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “surprisingly popular” film — which showed up repeatedly on cable television stations — is relatively innocuous “family fare” with “lots of pretty scenery and wild animals”.

While Damante Shaw “may get on your nerves by continuously worrying about her kids’ safety”, “considering that their lives really are in danger about every two minutes of screen time, she has the right.”

Peary rightfully argues that “most people who see these films will choose the smog over the dangerous mountain life.” The Robinsons’ incompetence is frustrating, especially given how many families have chosen to homestead safely, and likely have a lot to teach the rest of us — but this is not that set of lessons.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Beautiful Colorado scenery

Must See?
No; you can skip this one.


One thought on “Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The (1975)

  1. First viewing. Not must-see.

    Not sure why Peary would make a point of including this repetitive, somewhat early-Disney-esque flick, but – oh, well.

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