Cinema: Wednesday's Child

MAN FRIDAY

Directed by JACK GOLD

Screenplay by ADRIAN MITCHELL

This bit of crepuscular enlightenment is Robinson Crusoe glazed with contemporary revisions. Here a hapless Crusoe (Peter O'Toole) is portrayed as an overbearing racist. He may be clever enough at fending for himself alone on the island, but human companionship brings out the worst in him. When Friday (Richard Roundtree) and some cannibal friends wash ashore on "his" island, Crusoe dispatches them one by one. Soon only Friday is left, and Crusoe is about to slay him when the black man instinctively adopts the one pose that will save him from the white man's...

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